tierdness

hi everyone had astroke on222novemcer 2015after returning from hoiliday i am now thinking about going back to work and really struggling with thr tierdness it is my left sibe that is affected and am now getting a lot of pain in my sholder which i find strange nearly 1 year later still have vert poor consintration which is stopping me being allowed to drive am waiting on word to gp to edinbrough which i am really worried about have tryed OT driving assesmrent and failed it twice now ,does everything ever go back to near normal am guessing am lucky as am doing reasonable well .as i work in home care i no how bad these things can be just wandering is it still stroke damage or has any one else struggled with driving assesments and at what stage do they say am no getting drving license back as for my job a need myto be able to drive HELP THINK AM GOING CRAZY OR IS IT AM JUST WORRYING TO MUCH. as when a get worried cant think right

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  • Have you had any feedback from your driving assessor re: why you failed? Do you think you performed at your best or were you too nervous? Unless you know why you failed sounds like you will struggle to know what you need to do to prepare for your next attempt. Good luck xx

  • ne ertold me what i failed on but i think it because i dont gon fast enough and find the cards they areu sing are not that clear next time a go doc says he coud give me somthing to calm me down but then he would be worried a would panic when driving,the OTI HAVE A DONT FEEL THEY being very helpfull but a think it is me as i am very stubborn and have a fear of failing a gess everyone hates failing took me 4 atempts at test to get my license a dont give up easy so a will keep trying untill the ot or driving centre say to stop a do think my nrves got in the whay next time going to try stay calm by thinking it no the end of the world if a dont get it

  • had no feed back all they say is we not saying u will never drive just not right now which is making me feel worse to go back and try sgain in septemberas they say cant try for another 12 weeks if a failnext step is through to edinbrough in a car rather than using cards worry about that as i have not drven since november last year if it was nt for my work a dont think a would drive again

  • I've had two strokes 2011 and 2013, I was safe to drive after 1 month. Everyone is affected differently and to different degrees. I too have left sided weakness but it's not a strength issue as such, I think I'm holding things and they fall out of my hand, I have foot drop on my left foot, my left leg still trembles uncontrollably if I shift my weight onto it, both my hands go into spasm randomly and I can no longer use sharp knives if I want to keep my fingers.. My mind has always been quite sharp even on the day of the stroke. What are you failing your test on, would driving an automatic help? Luckily I already drove an automatic as my car only comes as an auto. Tiredness is a major issue after stroke too and stress won't help.

    Look at Andrew Marr he still can't move his arm without using his other hand to move it, yet he's back working. It depends on what you do for work.

  • not going fast enough start wandering in stead of staying focused changed my car to automatic two months ago have still not sat in drivers seat think it as the docs and ot have made such a big issue about driving and i no my concintration is really bad cant seem to stay focused on any thing for more than a few minites when am in the car with my friend a think would i have noticed things ,but it is diffrent when it is your self which is driving will just keep trying untill they say it time to give up recon a still have a few months as they say it can take uo to 1 year so a think i have untill nov thanx ,i i workin home care

  • I'd book some driving lessons in an automatic car , you'll get some feedback and build your confidence up before trying again. Good luck x

  • just going to take each step as it comes some days are better than others and to be honest my work have been really good so far work for south lanarkshire home care team they been very good which isnt like them

  • i am just going to take each day as it comes some days are better than others thank u

  • been told as i dont have a drivin lisevce that is not allowed

  • hi every one is 90 % BEST ANYONE EVER GOING TO GET DOES ANY ONE EVER RECOVER COMPLETLY AS ALL I KEEP GETTING TOLD AIS ALL STROKES ARE DIFFRENT AND NO ONE WANTS TO COMIT THERE SELF IT CAN BE SO FLUSTRATING AT TIMES

  • Well all strokes are different and people cope with them differently. I have no clue if anyone ever recovers 100% but I doubt it. I've never recovered at all, I'm exactly the same as the day of the stroke tbh. Others who were more badly affected at the time have recovered quite a lot. It depends on how soon you got help and the quality of rehab.

  • HAD STROKE ON SUN DIDNT GET HELP TILL THE TUE AS WE THOUGHT IT WAS A BUG A HAD BROUGHT BACK FROM HOLIDAY TO DAY A STARTED OFF GREAT AS THE DAY GOES ON A GET MORE FLUSTRATED AND ANGRY I NO IT CRAZY BUT MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS JUST

    THINK AS IT WAS A WHILE AGO AND A LOOK OK A MUST BE OK AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL WORSE AS THEY THINK AM JUST BEING LAZY

  • Yeah I understand that because I did the same thing. I had mine late Friday night, I felt fine but kept walking into the door frames on the left and when I went to go upstairs I kicked every stair with my left foot. I went to bed and went to the Doctors on the Monday. I was walking and talking fine but my Gp rang the stroke nurse at the hospital and sent me straight there and I was admitted. The problem is you need treatment as soon as possible to recover fully. I didn't have any typical stroke symptoms, I could hold both arms out, no face drop, my speech was fine. Had I realised it was a stroke I would have rang for an ambulance. I think so much more education is needed. That FAST advert is rubbish, everyone would recognise that as a stroke.

    I'm also sick of being told how lucky I am to have recovered so well, or people not believing I've had two strokes. When I haven't recovered at all, I'm just good at hiding it and the last thing I want is sympathy.

  • hi thanx dont no what wrong with me to night just fttl very upset as when a say a dont feel good it is as if family are saying just get on with it dont seem to relise if a could awould went to silverburn which was not the best idea just felt like a failer just couldnt walk the distance a guess before i had the stroke a wouldnt have understood its not a normal tiredness i am normally so determend that nothing is going to hold me back but last to days been i bit harder than normalma mum is in the royal which is mnot helping she has COPD but a we bit better

  • MA BE AM JUST NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH WHO NOS

    GOING TO BED NABE A WILL FEEL BETTER TO MORRA

  • i dont no what iy is i allwaya feel worse at bed time

  • Hi Elizabeth, Isn't it strange how we all remember the date (mine was 29th April 2009) but it so devastating to our lives.You are not alone in feeling you are going crazy ! it is the cruellest of illnesses and very difficult to accept but we have no choice. Yes , I get exhausted too and think it is our body telling us to rest so rest we must "Escape to the Country" is a good programme to go to sleep to..

    Have not tried to get my licence back but it must be an added frustration for you if you need to drive for work, just don't expect too much of yourself, are you getting the benefits due to you (Personal independence payments etc) ?

    Annlynne x

  • Hi.

    I have had a "roller coaster" ride since my Stroke in 1998.

    Following my many brain operations I have bad fatigue problems.

    Yes I managed to go back to Work, Driving, Active Lifestyle & much more.

    Boy didn't the wheels come off big style in 2005 following the return off my " little devil " in my head.

    Everything stopped instantly in a flash.

    I again tryied to go back to work but I found get to work on two buses & working part time was all to much.

    I had to take early retirement, this was a really good idea as I no longer have the stress & hassles anymore.

    I needed to make sure that I wasn't setting myself up for a big fall.

    Please let me know if I can offer you more help ??

    Steve.