I was talking with a friend of mine recently who had a bilateral cerebellar stroke a few years ago. She looks great on the outside and this leads to a lot of people treating her with insensitivity. I can relate.
A lot of this insensitivity and ignorance has not surprisingly come from doctors. Her stroke manifested in severe problems with dizziness that are triggered by something having to do with her visual processing. She has been to many, many ‘specialists‘ regarding this who would always dismiss her, not take her stroke into account and say something like “I think it has something to do with your eyes.“
Really? Well yeah, but that’s not the root of the problem. It’s much deeper than that. Her problems are originating at her injured brain which in turn sends messed up signals to her eyes and the muscles that control the eyes.
Would you not expect many ‘specialists‘ to understand what I just easily explained?
She’s doing better now, finally found a doctor that seems to know he is talking about and has started vision therapy which she says is helping with the dizziness. Her final diagnosis is neuro-ocular vestibular dysfunction from a traumatic brain injury.