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

What were the symptoms of your TIA?

Comment from: polly h., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

When I was pregnant with my daughter who is 31 now, I had trouble walking. I felt dizzy, had much confusion and didn't understand the words my husband was saying to me, and had a slight pain in side of my head. I laid down and it went off after a couple of hours. Next day I went to my doctor who gave me a check up and said I was all right. I now think I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). Last night I woke up with a funny feeling down my right side and this morning my cheek and leg on right side are a bit numb. I have taken an aspirin this morning.

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Comment from: buford, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

I had a problem this morning with vision loss and a bit of confusion, and I also was sore, mainly on the right arm from shooting the other day, but other parts of body also felt sore. Speech was a bit slurred also. Entire episode or TIA lasted about half hour, all went away but I was still tired for a few hours.

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Comment from: NhDave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

Back in 1992 I experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Before the TIA I would get migraines some of which I brought on drinking, and high altitudes. I couldn't write or speak well when the TIA occurred. But ever since, I've never had another migraine and maybe got 2 or 3 headaches since 1992. Lucky I guess.

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Comment from: Scared, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I don't know if I had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), but I have had a high-fever for which the emergency room couldn"t find a source. I"ve been on ibuprofen around the clock fort several days. Late last night, I was waking up, so I don"t know if this was a fluke or not, but I was scared. I woke up, wanted to talk, and my mouth wouldn"t open. My lips wouldn"t open for about ten seconds. I was screaming for my daughter with my lips closed until they were finally able to move and open, and I was able to actually yell her name. Everything has been fine since then. I am currently on levofloxacin prescribed by my doctor. I am also on prescriptions for anxiety. I have been very sedentary also.

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Comment from: Nauseated, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

Had slight episode 2-1/2 months ago. Suddenly couldn't laugh, couldn't lift my chin from my chest, and stuttered rather than talked. I had a sudden, extremely bad pain toward the back of my knee. Husband gave me 81 mg. baby aspirin. Immediately recovered. Had a different episode last week of not being able to read; the entire line was moving out of place. Also stuttered again, but this time the episode lasted a little longer. Went to the ER this time. After MRI, CT scan & MRA (which is testing arteries in brain), they determined I have had TIA's of the right anterior cerebral artery. That's at the very base of the brain, in the back. It's very serious. Surgery won't help. Medication is, hopefully, going to do the trick. PLEASE, call 911 when something weird happens to you, even if it lasts a few seconds! Let the hospital determine if it's serious or not. I have been nauseated for about two years, but the past few months the nausea has gotten progressively worse. Still nauseated. God Bless Everyone.

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Published: November 21

I normally experience dizziness sitting to standing but this time I was in the middle of a conversation with someone, trying to pay attention. I remember it got very hard to focus and all of a sudden I couldn't hear, and very quickly I think I blacked out. When I regained consciousness (after a brief second) or simply eyesight (not sure, it was weird) I was looking down and it felt like I was on acid. My arms needed to move, so I kept switching my phone and little appointment book around. Then I got emotional and jumpy. I tried to calm down before driving home, and I was ok for the most part but had to stop because I all of a sudden had to urinate quite badly and felt pain. I fuzzy in my head for the next is a feeling of fogginess, and I couldn't focus on anything no matter how hard I tried, so I just stopped trying. Noises hurt and migraine if I don't drink a lot of water and take Aleve afterwards.

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Comment from: jfortoday, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

On Sept 14, 2009 I awoke with a bad headache and weird taste in my mouth. I became increasingly tired throughout the day. At 5:30 a person spoke to me and my speech in return sounded slurred, like I was drunk. A friend immediately took me to the ER where things became worse. I couldn't walk, talk, lost feeling on the entire left side of my body and had no idea when my birthday is or who the President of the US was. They were timing me, I got a CT scan etc. At about the 2 hour and 45 min. mark things started to return. By 3 1/2 hours most all had returned to normal. I stayed in the hospital for lots of tests for four days. I had had a Ischemic Stroke. I had none of the "Markers", i.e. High blood pressure, diabetes, plaque in my arteries, etc. They found a "hole in the heart" (PVO). Three weeks later I had heart surgery to repair the hole. Now, two years later...I just had a TIA. Went straight to the ER. Some of the same symptoms but on a MUCH smaller and less intense scale. Plavix and aspirin for the rest of my life and tied to the hip with a answers yet.

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