A stroke is becoming more widespread then people may realize. Strokecenter.org says that a stroke is the number one cause of disability in the United States for people who become disabled for a long period of time. Strokecenter.org says 600,000 people every year suffer from a stroke. So how can people get ready for something that is this serious? One thing is to learn the warning signs of a stroke.
A stroke affects the heart and blood vessels. This can also paralyze parts of the body. Some people say that a stroke is a blood clot in the brain. To be more clear, a stroke is a blood clot that prevents nutrients and oxygen getting to the brain. When this happens, the part of the brain that wasn’t getting the oxygen it needed will start to die and all nerves that depend on that part of the brain are affected.
While it’s important to learn the warning signs of a stroke, it’s also important to learn there is no definite distinction between the warning signs and the symptoms of a stroke. A stroke is considered full blown when the person can no longer control at least one limb. Before this happens, all the other symptoms can be taken as warning signs. That is why all the different warning signs have been explained below.
#1: Sudden Difficulty in seeing with one or both eyes
If blood vessels are blocked by a clot, it will affect parts of the brain, it will also affect nerves that control different parts of the body. It’s possible that the eye might not work again properly. At first, the eyesight of a person is blurry and can be painful.
After a certain amount of hours, the vision of a person gets worse. Blurry vision can be explained by medication and other medical factors but none of those will cause a persons eyesight to regress as fast as one that happened because of a stroke. Another problem is that if this is your only problem, most doctors won’t link the loss of eyesight to a stroke.
In most cases, the vision problem starts in only one eye. Over time, the other eye will have the same problem. If the problem is not tended to, the person suffering from blurred vision can become completely blind. How do you know if this is being caused by a stroke since a number of other things could cause blurry vision?
The advice is that if blurry vision continues after two days, then you should see your doctor. If blurry vision has lasted that long, you might want to have your doctor make sure it’s not a stroke.
#2: A droop on the face
When the face droops, your smile will be uneven. If there was no injuries to the face and this happens out of the blue, then you might already be suffering from a stroke. The reason for this is that certain parts of the face are held in place by certain muscles. When the muscles or the nerves connected to these muscles die, they won’t be as functional and certain parts of the face begin to drop. On top of this, either part or total face movement could be lost. To put it in simpler terms, your face after drooping could become paralyzed.
There have been cases where only half of the face would suffer from this and there have been cases where the whole face has suffered from this. Just like with blurry vision, drooping of the face could happen caused by something else. The way to determine if this is because of a stroke is to see how fast this happened. If this has been going on for months, it might be something else because a stroke will cause face drooping suddenly.
If face drooping happens because of a stroke, it happens because the nerves that control muscles of the face from the brain have been injured. The injury to those nerves might be caused by not enough oxygen or too much pressure on the cells of the brain applied by continuous bleeding. In cases of a stroke, the brain cells die in under an hour.
#3: Numbness of the arm
This happens when either nerves to the arm have been injured or they’ve been deprived of the blood supply needed to function normally. When the brain is damaged, it’s a safe bet that both of these things will happen. When the brain is damaged, it no longer processes information from sensory receptors in the arm. The problem with this symptom is that even after the cause has been treated, the problem doesn’t resolve itself.
The numbness of the arm will have to be treated. There are a few ways that this could be done. One way is through electrical stimulation to improve sensory function. There is another way to rehabilitate the arm which people refer to as mirror box therapy. How this works is when only the good arm is in front of the mirror and you do exercises with both arms trying to get control back in the arm that has no feeling.
#4: Finger Numbness
Just like with numbness of the arm, this happens when nerves that connect the brain to the fingers are not getting enough oxygen or blood flow. Now finger numbness can be caused by other things like Carpal Tunnel, Cervical Radiculopathy, Raynaud’s Disease or Ulnar Nerve Entrapment.
If you do have fingers that become numb, the problem is it could be from a stroke or from one of the other causes mentioned above. Once you treat whatever caused the finger numbness, there are ways to return sensations to the fingers that had become numb. One way to do this is gather items that feel different and blindfold yourself. With the blindfold on, touch each item and try to decide what it is based on touch, You could also bury things at the bottom of a bowl then fill the bowl with uncooked rice. Reach in and touch each item and try to see what the item is again based on touch. These methods are a couple of ways to rehabilitate fingers that have gone numb.
#5: Slurred Speech
Slurred Speech sometimes will be referred to as Dysarthria. This is when you can’t pronounce words properly. What will cause this is the muscles of the mouth, throat, tongue or lips have weakened or when something happened to the motor neuron. What happens is the mouth won’t be able to move as accurately or quickly as it once did.
If not treated, this could get to the point where you won’t be able to speak at all. Once you treat whatever the cause was that was making you slur your speech, you would have to get a speech therapist Some of the therapies to fix this would be target selection, contextual utilization, contrast therapy and oral motor therapy.
Target Selection is practicing speech patterns that could be considered difficult. Contrast Therapy is where you say two words back to back and both words have different speech sounds. Oral Motor Therapy’s purpose is to improve breathing control, motor control and muscle strength. On top of that, this also helps with getting back speech fluency.
#6: Inability To Walk
This happens when nerves connecting the legs to the brain have been injured or not getting enough oxygen. This can happen suddenly meaning you won’t be able to walk properly if at all. This can also be followed by lack of sensations to the legs.
Even if only one leg becomes paralyzed, a lot of actions we take for granted suddenly become impossible.If you’re unable to walk all of a sudden, it could be a warning that you’re suffering from a stroke. If the part of the brain that controls the equilibrium and the cerebellum is impacted in some way, your balance will become shaky and it will be impossible to stand on your own.
Not only will you be suffering from loss of balance, you may suffer from something referred to as foot drop. This occurs when the foot muscles become weak or you won’t be able to move the muscles when you walk. The result of this is you dragging the foot that was affected by the stroke. So another warning sign is not being able to walk properly. If the situation requires you to go to the hospital, it would be best to have someone take you. Things will become worse if you suddenly are unable to move at all.
#7: Numbness of the Toe and Foot
This could be a cause of other problems too. If numbness of the toe or foot is experienced along with other symptoms that have been discussed, that’s a sign that you are suffering from a stroke. Another sign that you are suffering from a stroke is when the numbness is accompanied by itching, tickling, burning and tingling. This happens when the nerves connecting the brain to the feet rupture. Foot drop that was discussed in a earlier paragraph could also occur.
First you have to take care of whatever is causing the numbness. Get both feet massaged to improve blood flow. Exercise and yoga exercises will reduce the time it takes to recover from the numbness.
Magnesium is a compound that boosts blood flow and magnesium is found in Epsom salt. Heating the feet may also help as long as they don’t get overheated. All these treatments won’t mean anything if you don’t know what caused the numbness in the first place. If you start to feel numb on any of your feet and the numbness spreads, it’s a good time to get tested to see if you are suffering from a stroke.
#8: Severe Headaches
The thing is severe headaches can be caused by a number of things. But if the headache goes on for several days and your preferred medication for headaches doesn’t help, that’s a point to be concerned. If the headache becomes a migraine and you are also suffering from blurred vision, fatigue and other symptoms that were already discussed, you may have a stroke.
Regardless whether it’s a headache or it turned into a migraine, get a full exam done to find out what is the cause. Only problems with the skull or brain can cause a headache to be persistent. When you don’t get enough oxygen to the brain, this can cause inflammation of the brain which will be painful. If that happens, drinking cold water will reduce the pain of a persistent headache.
Another tip is to rest in the quietest, darkest room in your house. Avoiding light and sunlight would be best if at all possible. Since the temperature of the head is usually high, resting with an ice pack on your head is something worth trying. If you do have a severe headache, it’s likely that you will not be able to sleep through it with the headache reducing the quality and time that you will be able to sleep.
Dizziness by itself doesn’t mean stroke since there are over 80 conditions that include dizziness as a symptom. If that’s not enough, a side effect of some medications can also lead to experiencing dizziness.
If you are suffering from dizziness because of a stroke, that’s because the brain is experiencing difficulty regulating your body system. If dizziness is experienced with no other symptoms, it most likely is not a stroke causing dizziness. Besides feeling like everything around you is spinning, you could feel like you’re going to pass out or just feel lightheaded. When this happens, the best thing you can do is rest and see if the dizziness cures itself. If you’re still dizzy or lightheaded after an hour, then you should seek medical attention. Like other things in this list, getting to a doctor’s office or hospital will be impossible unless you have help getting you there.
If you are experiencing dizziness, lie down and close your eyes. Drinking a glass of water may also help you recover. But if it lasts for over an hour, call a doctor and let your doctor know along with any other symptoms you might be experiencing at the same time.
#10: Loss of Coordination
If this happens, you won’t be able to sit or stand without help. It might even be hard to have a good grip on holding anything. If the problem lasts for a short amount of time then heals itself, there is no reason to worry. The time you need to see a doctor is if it lasts for hours at a time or it happens more then once in a 24 hour period.
If you are experiencing a loss of coordination because of a stroke, you might also be dealing with a loss of concentration. Other things that could happen besides not being able to hold onto anything is poor limb coordination, jerking of limbs and decreased muscle tone. Also a difficulty in estimating how much time has went by could be experienced. What becomes worse is that you may not be able to feed yourself especially if you can’t keep your hand from shaking. If any of those thing are being experienced, it could be more serious then people would think.
#11: Difficulty in Understanding Spoken Words
If you are experiencing this then you might already be suffering from a stroke. The best way to understand this symptom if it’s because of a stroke is hearing what’s being said but not being able to understand. Reading people’s lips will be impossible and your own language will sound weird.
If you can’t hear any noise or words being spoken at all then the auditory nerves have already been injured by that point. If you’re listening to a speech, you won’t be able to hear other sounds or noises even partially. If this happens to be the case then sounds will get harder to hear until you hear nothing at all. This can also affect you being able to speak. The best way to describe this is speaking like you’re at a concert although it’s mostly quiet in the environment you’re in. If you have problems hearing yourself or anything, you will speak louder until you can’t speak at all and this could be a symptom of experiencing a stroke.
#12: Paralysis of Some Parts of the Body.
Numbness of different body parts were covered earlier. The paralyzed part of the body could be on either side. Like stated before, this happens when the brain connected to nerves that control certain parts of the body not getting the oxygen or blood that’s needed. There are also different types of paralysis.
One type will make the brain unable to communicate with any part of the body that has nerves that are damaged or injured. The brain will recognize you are touching something but can’t deliver the message to the nerves. It gets worse when the message can’t be delivered because the brain doesn’t recognize you are touching something.
The body parts affected most of the time are the face, hands, leg and arm on the same side of the body. You might not recognize this because you will be able to control other parts of the body. If a body part is affected, you might experience muscle spasms, soreness, numbness or some body parts may feel prickly.
If you experience this and you take care of whatever the cause is, then you might not have to worry about the nerves becoming detached. That’s when physical therapy will help you get back the control and feeling you lost. If the nerves experience total damage, you might not get control back at all.
#13: Pins and Needles Sensation in the Body
This was covered earlier and this usually is experienced before that body part becomes numb or paralyzed. If you are experiencing pins and needles, it might spread from one body part to the next or it could jump from one body part to another.
Obviously if you are experiencing pins and needles with no other symptoms, don’t jump to suffering from a stroke just yet. The time to seek medical attention is if you are experiencing numbness at the same time or the sensations last longer then 48 hours.
If other symptoms besides numbness are being experienced at the same time, then the cause might be from a stroke. It’s important to get on this matter quickly because the longer you wait, the more of a chance you won’t recover full control over your whole body and this is especially true when talking about the limbs. So don’t put it off if you feel pins and needles on the same side of the body.
#14: Sudden Numbness in Several Parts of the Body
Again this could happen for a few different reasons but the way to know if it’s from a stroke is if different parts of the body go numb all at once. The common targets are the face, fingers, toes, hands, feet, shoulders and neck. So to reiterate, it could be a number of different things if one body part goes numb out of the blue. But it usually is because of a stroke if multiple parts of the body go numb at the same time.
The problem with being a stroke is the numbness won’t just fade away on it’s own like the numbness would if it was caused by something else. It’s trouble especially if all the body parts that went numb are on the same side of the body. If this is the case, seek medical attention immediately because the numbness will spread instead of fading away.
If the numbness has reached this point, it only gets better or worse and the longer you go without seeking help, the more of a chance it won’t disappear completely and the more of a chance it could also lead to paralysis.
#15: Loss of Memory
This is a serious symptom regardless if it’s from a stroke or some other disease. So the advice if you start losing your memory is treat the problem itself and also treat whatever is causing the loss in memory.
Loss of memory is still a important issue even if it’s from Alzheimer’s instead of a stroke. However with Alzheimer’s, memory loss happens over time. Memory loss will happen a lot quicker if it’s due to a stroke. When it’s from a stroke, you can forget the rules of your favorite game or not remember places that you just visited a few weeks ago.
The brain is denied oxygen and nutrients that is needs then the brain will malfunction and the end result has many possibilities. A loss of memory means means the brain has malfunctioned. You need to treat the memory loss as well as the condition that caused the memory loss. People have said that if you experience this, the way to keep it from getting worse is to play games or do activities that will make you think which stimulates the brain.
#16: Sudden Behavioral Changes
The reason for this is the brain is in charge of emotions and behavior. So sudden behavior change is a definite sign of stroke.
Just as sudden behavior changes are a sign, so is numerous mood swings. Some examples of sudden changes in behavior are suddenly becoming depressed without reason and going from excited to depressed in the span of a minute. Another example of emotion changes are getting angry over things of no consequence. The mood swings are an early sign of a possible stroke. Another possibility is you may like things you used to hate and you will hate things you used to like.
Another side effect could be weird cravings. You may want to have things to eat or drink that you never tried before. The problem doesn’t get any bigger when anger out of the blue joins the behavior changes.
Of course with most people, they don’t recognize their own changes in behavior. The people closest to you are the first ones to recognize behavior changes. Regardless of who recognizes the changes in behavior, it becomes a problem if the behavior changes continue for more then three days. A lot of different things can happen as a result of the brain being affected so if you do recognize these changes, you might recognize other signs that could point towards a stroke as the issue that needs to be taken care of.
#17: Muscle Stiffness
Now obviously many activities could cause muscles to get stiff and a lot of those activities have to do with working out in some way or form. If you have a job that is defined as manual labor then that will push you past your physical limits and that could explain muscles stiffening up as well. If the muscles are stiffening up because of a stroke, that’s because something happened to the blood vessels and nerves that affect the muscles that are suddenly stiffening up. Stiffness is the first way that muscles will react to not enough oxygen.
Just like there are a few reasons on why muscles can suddenly start stiffening up, there are a few ways to get rid of the stiffness in muscles. Rest or rest more then you have been, avoid activities that will just make the situation worse. So needless to say, physical activities will just make things worse if your muscles are already stiff. On top of that ice packs and heating pads can also help getting rid of the stiff feeling with muscles. One suggestion is to use one during the day and use the other one during the night to take care of the stiffness. If you react better to one of them, then just one that works best for you.
In addition to the remedies listed above, massages will also help. If the blood isn’t circulating, warm baths will help with blood flow. However keep in mind that what we discussed is just to help with the stiffness, you still need to find out why your muscles are stiffening up.
#18: Difficulty In Swallowing
As discussed earlier, there are muscles around the mouth area including inside the mouth and when the nerves that are connected to those muscles are blocked, the muscles become weak. Because of that, food might not move as quickly as it used to. As a result, swallowing could be difficult and painful. You could try changing your diet but as discussed with the other symptoms, finding the reason causing this symptom is just as important as treating the symptom itself. Oral-motor exercises may help but you need to find a way to keep eating while the problem is being dealt with.
There are a few different ways to swallow like while holding your breath or trying to swallow and trying to ignore the pain that follows. As you deal with the problem that caused the difficulty in swallowing, you can use whatever swallowing techniques works best for you. Any problems with the throat should be checked out if they last longer then a day or two.
#19: Difficulty In Chewing
This will happen when muscles in the mouth or around the mouth have become weak. This is worse then the previous problem mentioned because you swallow food once but food you have to chew multiple times before it can be swallowed and every time you chew, you’re in pain if you have this symptom. If the gums are in pain or inflamed, then this could make the difficulty in chewing even harder.
Until you find out the cause for chewing being painful, there are a few different tips you could try to having chewing be less painful. Stick to foods that are soft like mashed potatoes and peas that you can just swallow without having to chew at all. Moisten any dry foods with milk, butter, sauce or soup broth. When it comes to meat, cut them into pieces as small as possible so they’re not required to be chewed as much as bigger pieces would need to be. Drink water after every time you put food in your mouth to make swallowing easier and wouldn’t require you to chew as much. If you add moisture to softer foods, that will also making chewing easier.
If those don’t work, try blending foods so you just have to swallow. However this could be signs of a stroke or something else. So while you’re dealing with the difficulty of chewing, don’t forget to find out what is causing chewing to be painful.
#20: Involuntary Eye Movement
When the nerves that connect the brain to the eyes have been hurt in some way, that will cause you to lose control over your eye and the movements of your eye. There are two types of involuntary eye movement. One is referred to as Nystagmus. That’s when the eyeballs move without your control and the other type is eyelid twitching. If this is symptoms of a stroke you could have both. There are other causes that affect the eyes in this way so if you suddenly realize you have this problem, it’s recommended to wait a couple days to see if the eye will heal itself.
If the eyes do not heal themselves then you need to consult with a doctor to find out what is causing the problem. If you want things to try at home, they include drinking less coffee and taking in less caffeine period. Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night. When you experience spasms in your eye, cover the eye with something soft and warm. If this goes on for a couple of days and none of the previous remedies have helped then you need to visit your doctor.
#21: Sudden Fall
If you start to fall suddenly when you stand up or sit down, then that could be the warning sign of a stroke. What happens is paralysis suddenly affects parts of the body and the patient doesn’t have enough time to regain their balance before they fall.
When nerves connected to lower limbs and upper limbs are blocked at the same time, it could leave you numb and paralyzed. So if you were sitting on a chair that didn’t have arms, you might slump and fall out of the chair.
The problem gets worse when the patient is standing. That’s because the impact of the fall will result in more damage happening. If that happens and you can’t stand up without assistance, then having a stroke could be the reason.
If that is the case, it’s best to call an ambulance immediately. According to others, this is the most dangerous sign because you can’t get to help yourself because things could get worse on the way and this problem is usually a definite sign that you are suffering from a stroke.
#22: High Blood Pressure
While high blood pressure could be caused by something else, it could be followed by a stroke. What specifically happens with high blood pressure is blood flows into arteries with a lot of pressure which could result in causing damage to an artery.
If the artery does get damaged, the part of the brain that depends on that blood will end up dying slowly.
If you realize you have high blood pressure, treat it immediately before it causes worse things to happen. There are a few things you could do to lower your blood pressure. Eat more chicken, meat, whole grains and vegetables because all those foods contain magnesium.
If you want, you can take supplements to get magnesium. Some supplements to try are hibiscus, whey protein, fish oil and berberine all help lower blood pressure in different ways. If you can’t stop smoking completely, then try to do it as little as possible because every time you puff on a cigarette, that raises blood pressure. Nicotine will also cause harm to blood vessels.
Another way to combat high blood pressure is lose weight if you are overweight. Alcohol has also been involved in high blood pressure cases so cutting out alcohol or lowering the amount you have would also be advisable.
#23: Constant Body Weakness
I’m not talking about feeling tired after do something that required a lot of energy. It starts to become a problem if you’re still tired after a full night’s sleep or if you’re tired when you didn’t spend energy doing anything.
If you slept the whole night and still wake up tired, there might be a bigger problem there. If this just happens after one night then there’s no reason to worry. Having a stroke isn’t the only condition that can cause this but if this goes on for more then three nights then it’s time to go see a doctor.
If you are experiencing weakness, do some physical activities for 30 minutes like jogging, swimming or riding a bicycle. There are experts that believe the weakness is imaginary. Supplements that boost energy should also help.
If this is a problem, have breakfast even if it’s small. Reduce your intake of fats and carbs. Replace those foods with fruits, vegetables and foods that have a lot of fiber. Just remember that by itself, this is not a huge issue. However it can lead to a bigger issue if it continues for three days straight.
#24: Stiffness in the Neck and Shoulder
When the nerves connected to the neck and your shoulders are injured, you will have to deal with stiffness in both places. If you just slept in the wrong position, a massage could get rid of the stiffness.
You should pay more attention to the stiffness if it’s still around after a couple of days. If the stiffness comes with other symptoms discussed earlier then that’s when it could be a stroke. Consult with a doctor to find out the cause and pay attention if there is any numbness while you are dealing with the stiffness.
To deal with the stiffness, and if you don’t have a firm mattress, sleep without a pillow or with a special neck pillow to stop the situation from getting worse. Exercising the neck should help with the stiffness and pain relievers will provide temporary relief, However you still need to see a doctor to find out what is causing stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
#25: Sudden Heart Problems
If these develop straight out of the blue, that could be because of a stroke. This happens when nerves connecting the brain and heart are blocked and that could lead to the heart developing many different problems. The first problem may be chest pain. Not being able to breathe without pain or your heart rate has gotten faster are other things that could happen when the nerves connecting the heart and brain aren’t working as they should.
Everybody knows what happens if the heart stops working for five minutes. So if you have any problems with the heart, you should not hesitate on visiting a doctor’s office. It could be from a stroke or it could be from some other health complication.
To deal with chest pains, either place a cold pack on your chest or drink a hot beverage to get rid of the pain. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, then it is recommended to call emergency services as soon as possible while they persist.
If heart problems are being experienced along with any of the other symptoms mentioned, then that probably means you have a stroke. If chest pains are still persistent after a few hours, call a doctor. Whether it’s just a heart problem or a stroke, it’s best to get treatment started as soon as possible.
#26: Feeling Faint
When this happens out of the blue, it’s because your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. However there could be different reasons on why your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.
People do end up feeling faint after hearing bad news which makes people go into shock. Extreme embarrassment could also make you feel faint. If people stand for several hours, the brain might not get the blood supply it needs and that also means the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. Suffocation is another cause that would make someone feel faint. That’s because if you don’t breathe in enough oxygen, your brain won’t get enough oxygen. Unfortunately you can’t rule out stroke either.
The recommendation is if you feel faint, sit down or if you can lie down. When you sit, you can place your head between your knees and what that does is it improves blood flow to the brain. When you feel better, don’t stand up right away. If someone faints, lie them on their back and raise their legs about a foot above the heart level. This helps getting blood flow to the brain. If the person is wearing a belt or other tight clothing, loosen it. Even after you feel better, make sure you see a doctor to find out what is causing the problem.
#27: Fast Spreading Pains
Check to see if the pain is only affecting one half of the body. If the pain is only affecting one half of the body then that might mean you are suffering from a stroke. One question to ask yourself: When the spreads through your body, do other parts of your body feel numb? If the answer is yes, that points to this being from a stroke.
If the answer to the previous question is no, that does not automatically mean you’re not suffering from a stroke. However while trying to find the cause, rest the parts that are in pain. Any pain reliever you choose should be fine. Also ice packs and deep massages should help. Those remedies treats the symptom, it doesn’t cure what caused the pain in the first place. So when you get the pain under control, find out what caused the pain.
The brain coordinates the blood supply through the body and when the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it eventually dies and the brain doesn’t fulfill the functions it’s supposed to. If the blood vessels and nerve connecting the penis are connected to the part of the brain that died, it can leave a man impotent. Lack of erection can also be the cause and this isn’t as common as other symptoms. However if you haven’t had erection problems before and it happens suddenly, that could mean you might be suffering a stroke. If the problem only happens once then there is nothing to worry about.
There are drugs you can take to fix the problem. However if it’s prescribed and don’t fix you not getting an erection then you need to find out why you aren’t. If impotence happens right out of the blue along with other symptoms mentioned earlier, then you should talk to your doctor. If your penis is numb then you should make a full recovery once you start taking the medication to deal with the stroke.
What that means is the loss of bladder control. If you all of a sudden lose control, that could be a symptom of having a stroke, How we are able to control out bladder is because the nerves connecting the bladder and muscles around the bladder are fine. If something block those nerves, we will lose that control over time and the bladder will become weak.
One problem that creates is you can’t hold your urine. Once the bladder fills up, it’ll start leaking and there is nothing you can do to stop it. That’s why they make diapers for adults.
When you have a stroke, it’s possible you’ll experience both issues. So another warning sign is if you find it difficult all of a sudden to control your bladder. It could be caused by something in your daily routine to happen once but when it happens for multiple days, you need to find out what is causing the problem.
While dealing with the stroke, you can try what is referred to as Kegel exercises. They’re things you can try while you urinate as well as practicing to hold it but this will only help if you deal with the issue that made you lose control of your bladder in the first place.
#30: Painful Veins and Arteries
When arteries are blocked or hurt in some way, they’ll start to cause pain. High blood pressure could cause this same symptom. A blood clot is another common cause. This will feel like a pain inside your body near the arteries that are affected.
When you try to discover where the pain is coming from, you’ll find out it’s beneath the skin and it’s your arteries that are causing you pain. This pain should be treated seriously. When you feel this pain, it could mean that your blood vessels are blocked, inflamed or severed.
Your arteries causing you pain can mean you’re suffering from a stroke or other conditions but one tip is to avoid drugs that cause blood vessels to constrict.
Nicotine from cigarettes can damage arteries and it also causes blood vessels to close up. So if you can’t quit, reduce smoking as much as you can. Consult a doctor to come up with an exercise plan to at least reduce the pain. Also if you are experiencing this along with other symptoms, then you may be suffering from a stroke.
There are tons of signs that could mean you are suffering from a stroke. That’s because the brain is what controls our body and the brain can’t do that properly if the brain is impacted negatively. The sooner you detect you have a stroke and treat it, the better off you’ll be.