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Astrobent20, November 19,  2020  9:24pm EST

My Story

Hello ,1st time doing anything like this.Had a stroke Jan. 2019,left Me with arm and leg frozen on left side.1 month in Helen Hayes rehab hospital and was able to wak with cane after release. Feeling pretty good after coming home, albeit with a prescription to xanax that they gave to Me in primary hospital. Never had xanax before, did not know much about it.Anxiety, which I never had before my stroke,became too common, still was not taking xanax daily,maybe only twice a week at best.Several strange meltdowns later, my nuerologist at the time prescribed Kolonopin.These i took daily,because the bottle said to. Once again,I had no idea what it was or what it did.8 months later and I was breaking through the meds ,depression set in, which I had never experienced before.Doctor wanted to raise doseage, but i refused and went to detox to get off it.The last 6 months have been the toughest of my life( I am 56) Have regained my ability to walk w/o cane and can actually run a little bit( I just started trying ).Life is so different but trying to regain my old confidence and spark and not to let depression conquer Me.Good luck to all of us whose lives have been changed so much .Hoo Rah and lets move forward together!!!

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  • axnr911
    axnr911, November 21,  2020  6:56pm EST

    Welcome Astrobent20- I had a stroke 2 years ago and am still working on recovery.  I felt the same as you in that the first order of business was to get out from under all the medications I was on.   I felt it was hard enough for my brain to heal without all the chemicals to contend with.  Now I just take the absolutely necessary ones.  I saw a counselor for 2 or 3 months.  It helped with the anxiety and depression.   And I also took CBD oil drops for anxiety and muscle spasms for a few months.  It helped me get through the night-is natural and non habit forming.  I almost never need it now. I've found that exercising every day helps.  I take a walk every day.  It's helpful to reconnect with life--talk to others, zoom church,  help others at stroke support websites etc. Don't draw into yourself.  Of course, that's especially hard right now with the pandemic.  But it won't last forever.  The vaccine is just around the corner.  Anyway, I'm glad you reached out.  Every day in every way we are getting better and better! That's my mantra!  Love, Jeanne

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