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When I was 24, I had an acute onset of major cognitive issues; I can only describe it as a drunk, brain damaged type feeling affecting mainly cognition, and accompanied by extreme fatigue. The only incident close to this time was a bout of terrible constipation, and I recall pushing very very very hard to expel possibly a few nights is a row. I do not recall any sudden headache or the like, but soon after ( I don’t remember how soon exactly) these symptoms began. I had a normal MRI w and wo contrast about 5 yeas later that came back totally normal. Cognative symptoms have improved slowly over past 15 years, but I am still not 100%. Is it possible I caused some kind of stroke from pushing so hard? Is this very unlikely?

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replied October 6th, 2018
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Its very unlikely to have stroke with normal MRI.
You might have suffered from psychiatric illness.
I would suggest you to have thyroid function tests and 24 hour urinary copper to rule out metabolic causes.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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