Woman, 32, CHOSE to have her leg amputated after a shock, left her with cramps in the foot

A woman who had a stroke only at the age of 27 chose to have her leg amputated to end her spasmodic feet and constant pain – and now she is a marathon runner with one leg.

Process analyst Sarah Curlee, now 32, from Nashville, had no idea she was born with a hole in her heart known as patent foramen ovale (PFO).

But when she started using her contraceptive at age twenty, she began to develop blood clots.

In August 2013 she suffered from ischemic stroke in the right hemisphere.

While they were in the hospital, doctors noticed no residual side effects to be alarmed, so Sarah was sent home within a few days.

But two weeks later, Sarah returned to her kickboxing class and noticed that her arm could not move so fast. Her thrust felt weaker than before. She also noticed that her foot spasming and her toes involuntarily curling. Her ankle began to roll as her foot turned inward, often stumbling.

After a few months, Sarah went to an orthopedic specialist, who for a year tried to move the tendons to straighten the foot. The pain only got worse.

Sarah knew that her best amputated pedestrian was.

She first filled up with other options – from physiotherapy to Botox in her leg to painkillers to a tenotomy, cutting the tendons in her foot.

But the stroke had triggered two neurological movement disorders, dystonia and spasticity, which would constantly keep pulling the muscles on her left side.

Finally, on May 9, 2016, Sarah had her amputation and within three months she was already running.

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Sarah Curlee, now 32, is running marathons after a leg amputation put an end to her constant pain and foot cramps that hit her after a shock when she was 27

Sarah Curlee, now 32, is running marathons after a leg amputation put an end to her constant pain and foot cramps that hit her after a shock when she was 27

Sarah Curlee, now 32, is running marathons after a leg amputation put an end to her constant pain and foot cramps that hit her after a shock when she was 27

Sarah Curlee, now 32, is running marathons after a leg amputation put an end to her constant pain and foot cramps that hit her after a shock when she was 27

She even goes rock climbing thanks to her perfectly fitting prosthesis

She even goes rock climbing thanks to her perfectly fitting prosthesis

She even goes rock climbing thanks to her perfectly fitting prosthesis

An unexpected relief: the painful decision to go with an amputation was Sarah's only option after she had tried everything - from painkillers to Botox to an operation where she broke her tendons - in a desperate attempt to stop foot cramps. Pictured: (left) her foot spasming, and (right) after

An unexpected relief: the painful decision to go with an amputation was Sarah's only option after she had tried everything - from painkillers to Botox to an operation where she broke her tendons - in a desperate attempt to stop foot cramps. Pictured: (left) her foot spasming, and (right) after

An unexpected relief: the painful decision to go with an amputation was Sarah's only option after she had tried everything – from painkillers to Botox to an operation where she broke her tendons – in a desperate attempt to stop foot cramps. Pictured: (left) her foot spasming, and (right) after

Sarah and her partner Griffin have always been active and remain that, especially after her amputation through which Sarah has become more mobile

Sarah and her partner Griffin have always been active and remain that, especially after her amputation through which Sarah has become more mobile

Sarah and her partner Griffin have always been active and remain that, especially after her amputation through which Sarah has become more mobile

"Although strokes are a matter of mystery and often a cause can not be established, it was likely that mine was caused by my contraception and a hole in my heart," said Sarah.

& # 39; The PFO was a genetic defect that is usually harmless. But unlike most strokes, I did not need a long stay in the hospital or a lot of treatment.

The stroke was on a Monday and I was out of hospital that Thursday without any obvious side effects.

& # 39; It was not exactly two weeks after my resume that I got a real difference.

& # 39; But I was already out of the hospital system and therefore could not question it. In the following years many doctors did not want to listen and who treated the physical symptoms without thinking about the neurological aspects of my situation.

Sarah had no idea she was born with a hole in her heart known as patent foramen ovale (PFO), but once she was birth control, she began to develop blood clots

Sarah had no idea she was born with a hole in her heart known as patent foramen ovale (PFO), but once she was birth control, she began to develop blood clots

Sarah had no idea she was born with a hole in her heart known as patent foramen ovale (PFO), but once she was birth control, she began to develop blood clots

Sarah had her amputation in May 2016 and her recovery was so fast that she only walked three months later with a prosthetic limb.

Sarah had her amputation in May 2016 and her recovery was so fast that she only walked three months later with a prosthetic limb.

Sarah had her amputation in May 2016 and her recovery was so fast that she only walked three months later with a prosthetic limb.

Sarah said: "Bit by bit the pain disappears and is replaced by the happiest memories of your life if you can get an optimistic outlook on life. Remember where you were makes where you are now, so much sweeter & # 39;

Sarah said: "Bit by bit the pain disappears and is replaced by the happiest memories of your life if you can get an optimistic outlook on life. Remember where you were makes where you are now, so much sweeter & # 39;

Sarah said: "Bit by bit the pain disappears and is replaced by the happiest memories of your life if you can get an optimistic outlook on life. Remember where you were makes where you are now, so much sweeter & # 39;

& # 39; I constantly walked along the side of my foot. I developed spastic hammer toes and calluses on the tips of my toes.

No one could answer that convinced me that another operation was the right thing to do. They all told me that my thoughts were on the right track to close it. & # 39;

Sarah had her amputation in May 2016 and her recovery was so fast that she only walked three months later with a prosthetic limb.

Since the amputation Sarah has participated in marathons, mountain climbing and numerous walks, because the choice to amputate her has given her more freedom.

& # 39; My recovery was phenomenal. I was so lucky and found a great doctor who gave me the opportunity to get an unconventional amputation called an Ertl amputation, "Sarah said.

& # 39; This is where the part of the tibia removed during surgery is used to create a bone bridge between the remaining tibia and the fibula. It provides faster recovery and more support once you walk on the amputated leg.

Adjusting a new prosthesis took a few years to do well because Sarah was so active and my stump shape and size changed so quickly

Adjusting a new prosthesis took a few years to do well because Sarah was so active and my stump shape and size changed so quickly

Adjusting a new prosthesis took a few years to do well because Sarah was so active and my stump shape and size changed so quickly

& # 39; I walked within two months of my operation and walked within three months. The adjustment process for a new prosthesis took a few years to become good, because I was so active and my stump shape and size changed so quickly.

Not only is my left foot pain gone, my mobility is so much better than with my post-stroke foot.

The blow was absolutely my kick in the butt to become healthier and more active, but the amputation made that possible.

& # 39; I have run two half marathons and countless runs of five kilometers since then. I am at the gym five or six days a week, stronger every day on my left. I also walk to every waterfall that I can find.

& # 39; Never be afraid to think outside the box. What can seem extreme to others is perfect for you. Trust your instincts and listen to your head and heart.

"Little by little, the pain disappears and is replaced by the happier memories of your life if you can get an optimistic outlook on life. Remember where you were makes where you are so much sweeter. & # 39;

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