Patient Comments: Stroke vs. Mini-Stroke - Experience


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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: 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.

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: 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.

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.


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