Patient Comments: Stroke vs. Mini-Stroke - Experience


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Comment from: Leon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and I am scared. I think I may be having transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). My left eye has been graying over to the point of losing vision temporarily, my left knee area which is a replacement, buckles to the point I would fall if I didn't hold on to something. I have had headaches behind the right ear that emanated upwards and into jaw. None of these happen at the same time and only last less than a minute.

Comment from: *Cheryl*, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was feeling good an was enjoying myself. My husband and I met up with family and friends for breakfast. We all ordered our food and we were just chatting away, the server brought our drinks. Picked up my beverage and it fell right out of my hand; of course, it went all over the place. So I helped our waitress clean up and then she brought out our food. I was eating, I felt a slight tingle on the tip of my nose, only lasted for a split second. I grabbed my glass and I dropped it again. TIA (transient ischemic attack) was the diagnosis.

Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am a 54 year old female. I was feeling like my blood sugar was dropping so I ate something sweet and went on about my work. Within minutes I had a feeling like I was going to faint but pushed past it. A couple minutes later my vision went out in my right eye and my tongue went numb on the right side. The symptoms of transient ischemic attack (TIA), passed within 15 minutes of onset. Within an hour I had the same symptoms happen again and they passed just like before. MRI that my PCP ordered when he found out about the episodes, showed signs of CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

Comment from: Mikearch, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I lost contact with reality with a transient ischemic attack for a short period, and my wife called paramedics who took me to local hospital where I got a CAT scan and MRI on my head. I spent the night and was told tests showed no problems. I got an EEG and no issues there. I had no symptoms shortly after I got to the emergency room the night before. So they finally let me go home. I slept that night and awoke thinking the last two days were a dream and then realized it did happen. I have a referral to a neurologist and my family physician. Not sure what happened.

Comment from: geo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I think I just had a mini-stroke. I was driving and suddenly I felt I was about to faint. The vision got blurred and I had trouble moving my jaws. Also I had a sudden headache. It all came back to normal in less than 20 seconds, except the jaws that I couldn't move properly for a few good minutes. Even after I was able to move them they did hurt for a couple of hours. I am on blood thinners since I had a heart attack four years ago.

Comment from: Barbara, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 20

With transient ischemic attack the right side of my face has shrunken, for lack of a better word. There is pitting when I push my finger onto that area, the other side is good. I have stents and a pacemaker. I have headache at the back of head, and I do not normally have headaches.

Comment from: Storm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I'm a 57 year old lady now and was told by a radiology technician after a routine CT scan for headaches that I'd had 3 mini-strokes and did I know. He added they were ischemic and explained, when I said 'no' in horror. Turned out they were years old. The general physician I'd been seeing for over a decade had sent me to a psychiatrist saying my complaints were all in my head years ago and had put me on tranquilizers, becoming condescending and treating me like the stereotypical hysterical woman. Now I'm very careful who I trust.

Comment from: Nicole, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I actually have had a few TIAs (mini-strokes), and the experience that I have had, was getting a very dull ache on my right arm, anywhere from my wrist, up to my shoulder. I went to the hospital and had tests done. Yep. The circle of Willis. Front left neck artery is blocked, and right side, 69 percent blocked. All I felt was an ache. Plus being stressed out.

Comment from: Stef, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I recently had a TIA (transient ischemic attack). I had the feel of going to faint, immediately followed by a feeling of altered consciousness. Whilst having the altered consciousness feeling, I felt the left side of my face melt, and I couldn’t get my words out. It was very scary, as I was aware it was happening, but could do nothing. Feeling very grateful I’m ok.


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Comment from: Beavo, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 28

My husband has had a couple episodes of transient ischemic attack where he is very confused, very dizzy, doesn't make any sense and then falls down. Five minutes later he is fine. I thought the first time he had just had too much alcohol but with alcohol he wouldn't be fine 5 minutes later.

Comment from: Kat , 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My mother died of an ischemic brain stem stroke a few weeks ago. The only symptom of a transient ischemic attach she had was dizziness on and off for about a week, then a headache a couple of hours before. It took 5 days for her to pass away but it was clear from the beginning that it was catastrophic. It makes me angry that the information out there focuses on patients having lots of other symptoms, and general practitioners also missed it. If you're having lots of unexplained dizziness you need to rule out a stroke.

Comment from: Alipally , 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 11

This evening my dad was taken into hospital because he was showing signs of a mini stroke. He was driving along in his car all normal one minute and the next he went all weird and started driving off course on into the other side of the road with oncoming traffic. Luckily my mum was with him in the passenger seat. She asked what he was doing and he didn’t respond, she said it was like he just froze and looked zombified. Luckily she managed to take hold of the steering wheel to stop the vehicle.

Comment from: Irene, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I was standing in the kitchen and felt a sudden pain behind my left eye, and sat down. It very quickly spread across back of forehead towards my left, like an instant strong headache in the front left side and up a bit. I could see but my eye felt very stressed so I removed my glasses and closed my eyes. I told my husband and sat still and tried to relax. After about a minute or less the pain started to ease off, and a few minutes later completely gone. So I got up and continued what I had been doing. I wonder if this was a mini-stroke.


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