A stroke is caused when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, causing a deprivation of oxygen and nutrients to the brain tissues. It can happen when the blood vessels in the brain rupture or if there is a blockage. The symptoms include paralysis, confusion, slurred speech, blurred vision, dizziness, confusion, and loss of balance.

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What is the cause of my stroke, aneurysms, and other neurological problems?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had four-plus strokes in the last four years. After my first stroke, the neurologist said I had two lesions on the brain that looked autoimmune-related and an abnormal white matter for my age. The last time I had strokes was three years ago. However, I had neurological issues well b...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I passed carefully through your question and your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). I would suggest performing further tests to investigate the possible cause of stroke.In this regard, I would suggest the followi...  Read Full »

Why is there complete paralysis and difficulty in walking after an accident?

Query: Hi doctor, A recent accident happened to my father which makes him unable to walk. A week ago, he suddenly fell on the ground while walking and his right leg was injured. He was transferred to hospital and X-ray indicted his leg is not broken but severely ricked, as a result, it is not moving and wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that this clinical situation could be caused by a stroke, which is probably the cause of falling. Another possible cause would be a nerve damage related to the trauma. For this reason, it is important performing a brain...  Read Full »

Why are there speech problems post brain stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male and I am telling about my disease. I had a brain stroke two years ago. The incident led to speechlessness and I went to a speech therapist for eight months. Now I got a high-profile job but my speech is not good and I am not able to form words. My doctor said th...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I understand your concern, but there is not much to be done besides logopedy. But I suggest taking Piracetam 1200 mg twice daily. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss wit...  Read Full »

Why has my father suddenly become speechless?

Query: Hello doctor, My father aged 67 years old suddenly got speechless. When he woke up in the morning we went to throat specialist but there is no problem with the throat. We got CT scan of the brain done. Then we had referred to the neurologist. He then immediately admitted to the hospital and the tre...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father's symptoms are compatible with a stroke. Coming to this point I would recommend performing a Doppler ultrasound of the carotid arteries to investigate for possible narrowing. It could be due to atherosclerosis. It is also important consulting with a speec...  Read Full »

Is fecal incontinence related to previous stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, The patient is experiencing fecal incontinence, he had brain infarct a few years back and has trouble walking and speech. Walking is totally restricted due to loss of control over his sphincter. He is taking probiotic Vibact twice after food.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that fecal incontinence is not a common sign of stroke. It could be related to vascular dementia (compatible with the MRI findings). Coming to this point, I would recommend some diet modifications (avoiding food which...  Read Full »

I woke with numbness on one side and weakness. Is it a stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion on a possible stroke. Can anyone look at MRI scans online? I had symptoms of "wake up" stroke. I woke up with complete numbness on the right side, unable to make a fist, weakness when trying to stand, dizziness and confusion around dates (I did not kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to migraine or a possible seizure. A stroke cannot be excluded, but it is really less likely with a normal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). I would like to directly review your MRI ...  Read Full »

Why am I having migraine, loss of memory and hesitation in speech?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a previous history of stroke, and recently also I had a stroke. Hypoplasia of p1 and s1 along with PAVM. I have migraines and now a loss of memory, hesitation in speech, vision changes.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and recommend performing a brain MRI to exclude a new possible stroke. In the meantime, I recommend taking Piracetam and Donepezil to help improve your vision and memory problems and speech. It is also necessary to continue taking blood th...  Read Full »

I am hearing music in my head. What to do?

Query: Before you get bored with my lengthy question – the end is ‘I had a stroke’; no one can tell me if this is related. About 5 months ago I started hearing music in my head (I’m almost 70 and this has never happened); it started as just music, not even a particular song but mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello! Welcome on icliniq! I read carefully your question and would explain that the music could be related to a temporal lobe dysfunction, probably due to low blood flow in this area. You should know that chronic narrowing of blood vessels in the brain (due to atherosclerosis) can lead to brai...  Read Full »

Headache with low concentration level. Is it due to stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, Pain on the left front portion of my skull which has been on and off for three months. I also get head pressure and I feel my concentration level is short. Is it a stroke?  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would like to reassure you that your symptoms are not related to a stroke. In my opinion, your symptoms could be related to an eye disorder or a sinus issue. For this reason, it is necessary consulting with an ophthalmologist for a phy...  Read Full »

Are diabets and high blood pressure risk factors of stroke?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 63 years old. He suffered from a mild stroke yesterday and we would like to seek the second opinion on the proper treatment for his case. He was given Catapres to lower his blood pressure and was asked to continue taking his maintenance medicines for hypertension (Losartan)....  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your concern, I would like to explain that his blood pressure values are normal. I would like to know his symptoms. Did he perform a brain CT scan? As he suffers from diabetes, the most probable cause would be an ischemic stroke (blood clot). For this re...  Read Full »

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