Patient Comments: Stroke vs. Mini-Stroke - Warning Signs and Symptoms


What warning signs and symptoms did you have with stroke or mini-stroke (TIA, transient ischemic attack)? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

For several days before my stroke I experienced a brief episode of confusing speech. I could not talk without being garbled. After several days my husband decided we needed to get to the emergency room. My blood pressure went sky high and I had some confusion in my responses. I was admitted after tests such as blood, and CT scan. The next day I fell with weakness in my right leg and arm. Unfortunately 2 CT scans picked up no hemorrhaging and MRI was delayed so I passed the time limit for TPA (tissue plasminogen activator).

Comment from: That Desert Lady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Summer of 2018 I experienced my first TIA (transient ischemic attack). I was sitting talking on the phone in Phoenix to my daughter in North Carolina and suddenly felt this weird warm paralyzing feeling start in my right foot rushing up my right leg, and then consume my whole body. I couldn't breathe and began fighting wildly trying to force myself not to die. I was home alone and screamed for her or someone to call 911. She did. Fortunately a neighbor was just passing by walking his dog and called also. I've had 6 more since!

Comment from: Wana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

My transient ischemic attack (TIA) happened when I woke up in the morning to start my routine to work. It happened when I couldn't focus on my eye sight (I first thought maybe my spectacles needed to be rechecked). But I still went driving, when my eyes became worse, then I start to feel my lips and face become numb, and last my right hand (but my numbness lasted for 2 minutes). Luckily I remembered 'FAST'. After I rest for 1/2 hour, I drove straight to the hospital.

Comment from: Phumz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

My left shoulder tends to pain. I have left pinky finger numbness, and time and again, the finger next to the pinky. My triceps muscle on the left pains when relaxed on the arm whilst on the laptop. I wonder if these are signs of mini-stroke. I have no dizzy effects at all or droopy one side of the face. I'm an occasional smoker of cigarette, however when drinking I smoke more than during the week. When stressed, I would frequently have a cigarette.

Comment from: Mike, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 27

I was watching TV and I found it hard to see the right side of the face on the TV. It was ok if I looked at it with my left eye. Then a friend rang and I found it very hard to find the right words to talk to her. I felt confused and unsteady. All of this lasted only a couple of minutes and I was fine again. I am worried if this was a mini-stroke. I wonder what I should do about it if anything.

Comment from: amt600, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

The right bottom side of my mouth has dropped and it makes eating and other things tough. I am worried if this is a symptom of a mini-stroke.


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