Patient Comments: Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA, Mini-Stroke) - Symptoms

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Comment from: mommaof3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

Mine started off with a migraine. I have had migraines for over 13 years, but this migraine was way worse than any other I had ever had and it felt "different". I informed my fiancé I needed to go to the hospital because something wasn't right. By the time we arrived, my speech was slurred and hard to get out, my right arm was barely functional, and my right foot was dragging as I tried to walk. He had to help me walk into the doors. I was extremely weak.

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Comment from: ken, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I was lightheaded with tunnel vision, and occasional falling.

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Comment from: jim, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 08

To all of you with TIA episodes, don't rule out neck problem. I had a TIA was in hospital for one week they found nothing. I told them everyday my neck was sore. I was released from hospital, had MRI on own dollar two days later neck surgery. My disc in neck was pushing on spinal cord.

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Comment from: Lucky, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

TIA sometimes presents itself differently. My first clue was being transported to a hospital. I was battling prostatis that came with a killer UTI. I'd been given a dose of Cipro to address the UTI, which I took just before going to bed. My wife tells me I woke up just after midnight, and I recognized no one: kids, grandkids, not even my wife. They transported me to the hospital where they tested me for very little and of course found nothing. Then I started suffering whiteouts in my right eye, dizziness and nausea. If I sat down for 10-15 minutes, I was okay and could carry on. I told my primary MD about this, and he listened to my neck with his stethoscope when he heard bruits. Ultrasound suggested a R carotid arterial stenosis, a contrast study CT scan confirmed it the next day: 99% blockage. A carotid endarterectomy took care of the immediate problem. TIAs can present themselves in many ways. Don't accept "we don't know" from your hospital trip; make them listen for carotid bruits.

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Comment from: Mr.D., Male Published: September 08

When I woke up I thought I had a stiff neck. As the day went on, it got worse. In the afternoon I had difficulty saying certain words. By evening the pain was worse - in my neck and back of head. In the evening I was slurring some words. The pain was so bad I needed assistance to move my head.

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Comment from: Buntyp, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

My TIA symptoms were a sudden like loss of sight, left eye, but very short interval, then at the same time, a feeling of pins and needles along my entire left side from my left neck to the soles of my left foot. I am taking regularly the following medication: Candesar, Meprolol, Plavix. I intend to start taking Crestor, starting today.

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Comment from: real effect, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

At age 47, I was diagnosed with TIA after I experienced trouble in one eye with being able to move it from the center to the right. While I was waiting for a MRI to be performed (about eight hours after I first noticed the symptoms), the problem cleared up. I was put on a regular strength aspirin regimen, and after five years I have not noticed any other symptoms. My mother has had TIAs occurring for several years.

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Comment from: Jennilee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was taking a shower, and it was as if I had started dreaming. I became very confused and could not recall my address or the name of my cat. I knew I was born in July but did not know the day or year. I knew my husband's name and I told him something was wrong but I was not sure what it was. He says that when he was taking me to the hospital I kept telling him I was alright, but then would keep asking him where we were going. I stayed in a confused state for around 4 hours. They kept me in the hospital overnight.

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