Chance of sight returning!!

So I had a stroke 5 months ago. Right side, affected the full left side visual field, memory loss, speech, left side numbness (not face). Recovery has been really good, everything nearly back to normal except left quarter vision, slight memory issues and fatigue. Sometimes struggle the odd sentence when tired and get headaches a lot.
Is my sight likely to come back to normal?? I’m worrying myself sick that I my life wont return back. I’m 37 with a career I love but I can say goodbye to it all if I can’t get back behind the wheel. I was due big things to happen over next 6 months when I had my stroke!! Life is so unfair. I know I sound selfish and that I should be grateful but I really don’t feel that way!

Hi Sarah. So sorry to hear about the after effects of your stroke. Stroke,alas, strikes people at any age and there are many young survivors on here. I cannot comment on your sight, but all of us survivors realise that our lives have changed. I am 73, But was fairly fit, loved my holidays in Europe and my ability to go anywhere at will. I had to learn to walk again, get some use back into my weak arm and hand and learn to live with my disability. Eighteen months on I can cook, bake, go away on short breaks and have a short daily walk with a stick. I have learnt to look intensely at my local surrounds, talk kindly with neighbours and do what I can to improve further. I refuse to look back in anger and long for things I cannot do any longer. I accepted my stroke quite early on and was told that acceptance is a major part of moving forward. You are much younger, so I understand your feelings about your life and career. However, you are alive, you did not die and,yes, life I’ll get better. Sending you positive vibes.

Sarah, It's amazing how different the affects a stroke can have on everybody. I had ( have!) problems with strength, dexterity and speech but the only eye problem was a painful to touch right eye. This has improved dramatically but it still doesn't bear prodding after two and a half years.
I know two people locally who had eye problems following a stroke, one went completely blind but has now recovered his sight completely. He is in his 70's. Another one was badly effected by the stroke and is gradually getting worse, but I don't think the deterioration was due to the stroke, but through eye disease.
I havn't been much help to you, have I? but I would say that if you have shown that recovery in that short time then it bodes well for the future.
I can't answer for the tiredness, I am still bugged with it and would like to find from long time survivors whether or not it decreases. I have learned to live within its perimeters but am annoyed that it cuts my active day down.
On the other hand I'll be 88 in a few weeks time and I can't expect to be like a spring gazelle, can I?
Deigh

Hi Sarah,
I could've written your post myself. I too have suffered similar effects from my stroke although I am almost at my 'strokiversary'- excuse my poor humour.
Regarding the visual issues, I had left Hemianopia which within 3 months recovered by 40%, at my almost year mark I now have Quadrantopia where I am missing less than a quarter of my vision. So annoying that it's my lower left quadrant opposed to upper!

I hope that's given you a little hope, I have got used to my sight issues although daily I'm knocking into things and constantly have bruises down my left side. Nonetheless I remain positive about my eyesight improving and hope to be able to drive again one day!

Sadly I too had 'big things' happening at the time of my stroke and found it very hard to deal with the disappointment in missing out on major things in particular a backpacking holiday I had booked through Southeast Asia. Also, I had just been promoted at work when my stroke happened but eventually had to leave because I just couldn't cope. No matter how hard done by we feel, positivity really does help and also realising we are 'different' to our pre-stroke selves. This is not a bad thing!

Are you having regular field vision tests to track improvements and have you seen an Opthomologist at the hospital?

Take care,
Amy

Hi Amy, thanks for replying back, I have my second visual check booked for Friday so I’m really nervous. I’m really hoping for some improvement but I can’t can’t tell. I will be gutted it there isn’t as I feel I have so much riding on it. I too was looking at a career step to start, and a holiday was booked and paid for that had to cancelled which I ended up losing quite a bit of money on. I know it’s small things in the grand scheme of things, but I’d worked so hard for.
I too have been given no answers to why I had the stroke, this really unnerves me and gets me down. The more the docs/consultants say “it’s just one of them things “ the more it plays on your mind!
Well done on you anniversary!! Has it dragged as much as my 5 mths seems to have??

Hi Amy, thanks for replying back, I have my second visual check booked for Friday so I’m really nervous. I’m really hoping for some improvement but I can’t can’t tell. I will be gutted it there isn’t as I feel I have so much riding on it. I too was looking at a career step to start, and a holiday was booked and paid for that had to cancelled which I ended up losing quite a bit of money on. I know it’s small things in the grand scheme of things, but I’d worked so hard for.
I too have been given no answers to why I had the stroke, this really unnerves me and gets me down. The more the docs/consultants say “it’s just one of them things “ the more it plays on your mind!
Well done on you anniversary!! Has it dragged as much as my 5 mths seems to have??

Sarah had almost the same stroke as you 10 years ago. lost the use of right side, speech eye sight and memory which is the only area that has still got problems although much improved. Just not as spontaneous. My eye sight is normal now no worse than before the stroke.I did read that the eye problems are one of the last things to repair but does in time.

Thank you, that gives me some hope then. How long did it take for your sight to improve? And were you able to return to driving? And if so how soon?

Dear Sarah
Fingers crossed for you. I have buses pass my door and a train station a short walk, but driving does give me huge amounts of independence. I do not travel far, it takes time to reacclimatize to the busy roads and of course I do not drive when the fatigue sets in. My sight wasn't affected.

I found the 6 to 9 months stage frustrating. So much recovery but then the last bits don't want to mend. Then it was accepting the old me has gone. And trying to get in to this new person. But its a lot easier than the first few weeks of recovery.
Generally, our muscles are not damaged by stroke, "just" the messaging from brain to muscles.
Is that the case with sight problems ? Is it the eye complex is OK and the brain wont (yet) operate it or is there a different set of issues ?
My guess is that its "just" the messaging in which case I would expect your sight to improve. The fatigue is a right pain isn't it.
You have effected one heck of a fast recovery, well done.
Colin

Don't give up hope Sarah....the problem is we're all different...and the damage caused by stroke can vary ..... along with recovery times.
I lost my driving licence for 7 months due to a provoked seizure so i kinda know how you feel....it's very frustrating.
I suffered with headaches for a few months as well....then one morning i woke with a clear head,and havn't had a headache since.
Good Luck with your recovery.

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