Earlier this year, I was hospitalized for a stroke. It was actually pretty mild, I sounded like I was drunk and had a slight droop to my right side of my face. From tests done over time, the doctor's are pretty are convinced it was caused from my untreated high blood pressure. I have had HBP for years, and taking meds for it. My RX ran out last Dec. and my PCP would not refill it, until I check with the cardiologist I had seen one time a year earlier. I emailed her, during this time (12/15/16) because it was Christmas time, probably would not be able to see anyone until after the first of the year, AND I was pretty sure my insurance was going to change AGAIN - THANK YOU Obama care! The past few years, it always seems to change, and FINALLY, by the end of March, you get your new card, etc, etc... Anyway, back to the stroke. Results of the MRI, indicated a small area where the stroke was present. They also saw a small area that indicated I had a small stroke before. The big thing was the PONS and brainstem area was almost completely bright white. The hospital neurologist said she'd never seen anything like it and wanted me to follow up with another neurologist. I did see another neurologist, and he was a little older and more experienced and said he had seen this only a few times in his career, but he thought it was inflammation.
So I am having a second follow up MRI in a few weeks to see if it is still there and if it is better or worse or? My question is, the little I can find out about inflammation in the brain, seems to indicate a disease. I have had migraine headaches for years. I am 63 and have had "inflammation" in collagen within my GI tract, what they kind of guessed was costochondritis, a year and 1/2 ago. Possibly fibromyalgia per my PCP. Anyway, it seems every time, I have something wrong, it is from inflammation?? Now in my head also. From what little I have found out, they are beginning to wonder which came first... Inflammation in the blood system, thus causing, headaches, Hbp, costochondritis, the GI tract, etc. I just want this all to stop and get better, and medical Drs just don't seem to have the answers. After almost 2 years of having IBS-D, thinking I had a gluten problem, etc., I finally started my little version of the Paleo Diet and I am not super strict with what I eat, however, I do eat dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries. Almost any "berry" type items every day! The dried (really semi-dried.. like a raisin type texture). I have at least 1/2 to 1 cup during the day, just as a snack really, and my IBS-D cleared up in a just a few days! So, I think there must be something I could do more with my diet to help with the inflammation that seems to be attacking my entire body!
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