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Old 08-11-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:07 PM   #2
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Yes. it happened to one of my uncles


Read more... http://www.4woman.gov/faq/stroke.htm
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:14 PM   #3
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I thought there was a big difference between a stroke and a heat stroke.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:17 PM   #4
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Heat stroke sucks the big one. Does not feel good at all.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:18 PM   #5
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Have you had one?
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:19 PM   #6
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Yes.

Heat stroke can result in the brain overheating and cells dying.
People have died as a result of heat stroke from organ failure and/or gone into comas due to the brain getting too hot.

Basically the same end result as a high fever only from a different cause.
Always be careful and stay hydrated & cool when exercising or working outside even if it 'feels' cool to the skin.

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Old 08-11-2004, 03:22 PM   #7
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I thought there was a big difference between a stroke and a heat stroke.
Stroke = blocakge of an artery or vein to and/or within the brain
'Heat Stroke' = Overheating of the body due to a rise in core temperature resulting in dizziness, physical illness (barfing), passing out, organ failur, coma and/or death.

I've known several people IRL who have suffered from both and neither is pretty although I'd have to say Heat Stroke is better to suffer from than a brain Stroke, though I'd rather have neither.

- Janq's aunt suffered a major stroke this past Mothers Day
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:22 PM   #8
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Have you had one?
Yeah. I was on a canoe trip. it was sunny all weekend. It wasnt until I packed everything up and got into the car that I felt bad. Pretty much felt like id been run over, wanted to vomit, and had a massive headache.

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Old 08-11-2004, 03:26 PM   #9
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heat stroke does suck.

I got it from only being outside for about 15 minutes, but I was doing some serious activity, I luckily recognized it and went to a bathroom and just stuck my head under some running water, not sure if this was the best approach, but it sure did feel good at the time

I am probably dummer as a result.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:30 PM   #10
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Thanks, Janq.


The reason I ask is because when I was nine, I had a heat stroke at my cousin's baseball game. My parents were out of town and I was being taken care of (or not) by my aunt. I didn't have anything to drink all day, and after puking the first time my aunt bought me a big 30oz coke to get the taste out of my mouth. A few hours later after playing outside with the other kids I eventually passed out and was awoken with lots of ice packs on my inner thighs, head, neck, and arm pits and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

I've often wondered if this has anything to do with my horrible memory (I have virtually no childhood memories), inability to carry on long conversations with people, especially strangers, and my wonderful nack for forgetting words (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=610160 ) even though I know what I want to say.

I've asked my parents before if it may have been a result of the heat stroke, but they've told me there wasn't any brain damage. However, I really think otherwise.


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Old 08-11-2004, 03:34 PM   #11
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One of our backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon got interesting when a neighboring camper got flown out due to heat.

130-140F is dangerous.
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Old 08-11-2004, 03:53 PM   #12
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I thought there was a big difference between a stroke and a heat stroke.
of course there is... but heat stroke can cause brain damage... a stroke is brain damage.
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Old 08-11-2004, 04:18 PM   #13
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Anyone else care to comment now that I've put out some details?
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Old 08-11-2004, 04:18 PM   #14
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DAMN YOU NASISUCK!

I had anice big detailed reply for Matt and I hit submit only to have the damn page not ******* load you bastard@!!



Matt,

In short yes its a possibility and not remote.
Visit with your doctor for more input and advice.

In the mean time to work on that memory do exercises that elders are advised in order to keep their minds sharp from aging related losses.
Play crosswords, Scrabble, listen to music, practice a new instrument and eat a healthy & clean moderate protein level diet devoid of alcohol, drugs (rec.) and stop smoking if you do (plaque).

Damn NASIOC borking issues!

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Old 08-11-2004, 04:28 PM   #15
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Damn NASIOC borking issues!
Agreed. And I was really looking forward to one of your long posts on this subject.

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Old 08-11-2004, 11:13 PM   #16
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Didn't Korey Stringer die from heat stroke complications? Not sure if it was brain damage, tho.

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Old 08-11-2004, 11:22 PM   #17
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A lot of old people die of that when it gets real hot here.
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Old 08-11-2004, 11:32 PM   #18
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Didn't Korey Stringer die from heat stroke complications? Not sure if it was brain damage, tho.

DjB
Yes, he died of heat prostration resulting in organ failure.

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Old 08-11-2004, 11:59 PM   #19
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DAMN YOU NASISUCK!

I had anice big detailed reply for Matt and I hit submit only to have the damn page not ******* load you bastard@!!



Matt,

In short yes its a possibility and not remote.
Visit with your doctor for more input and advice.

In the mean time to work on that memory do exercises that elders are advised in order to keep their minds sharp from aging related losses.
Play crosswords, Scrabble, listen to music, practice a new instrument and eat a healthy & clean moderate protein level diet devoid of alcohol, drugs (rec.) and stop smoking if you do (plaque).

Damn NASIOC borking issues!

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do you think he will remember to come back and read the thread?
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Old 08-12-2004, 12:00 AM   #20
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Yeah, I posted right after him.
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Old 08-12-2004, 12:03 AM   #21
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Heat stroke can cause damage, I know a couple of firefighters who have mild neuro problems due to heat stroke. One has ADD symptoms (small doses of medication controls it though), the other has trouble regulating body temp, has to be careful that he doesn't roast or freeze outside. Their problems are really mild, you'd never know something was wrong with them unless you knew that they weren't always like that.

Your symptoms sound like what a lot of people complain of after concussions, mild head injuries or otherwise fully-recovered strokes. The damage doesn't usually show up on a scan, the assumption is that there's not one big blob of injured brain, just a diffuse handful of cells here and there got knocked off. Not much fun but pretty common. People with this kind of damage tend to complain of poor memory and concentration, emotional changes or lability, impulsiveness, may be more easily frustrated or impatient, slower visual processing skills, decreased coordination or balance, disorganization, speech changes, trouble doing more than one thing at a time. The symptoms tend to get more severe with stress or fatigue. These things don't tend to make a person noticably abnormal, some people were born like that and get along fine.

There are a lot of websites for people with head injuries, they might have helpful things to say.

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Basically exactly what I'd said in my post that got borked. ^^

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Old 08-12-2004, 12:09 AM   #23
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Wow, that was pretty spot on.
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Old 08-12-2004, 12:24 AM   #24
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hmm,unless that damage was extensive in those areas, I don't see why it hasn't been fixed.
Your brain fixes itself all the time, i don't get how this isn't fixed as well.
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hmm,unless that damage was extensive in those areas, I don't see why it hasn't been fixed.
Your brain fixes itself all the time, i don't get how this isn't fixed as well.
it's kind of hard to say. often the brain doesn't really fix by heal but by other means. Most neurological tissue, after the stages of growth has passed, will not go through mitosis anymore. Thus, if you get a stroke or receive massive brain damage, chances are you'll have to live with it.
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