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


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Comment from: Ohio, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I am not 100 percent sure if TIA (transient ischemic attack) is what happened, waiting for neurologist report, but clogged arteries and spinal nodules were noted. I was sitting at desk at work and felt dizzy and off-balance. I asked someone to bring a Coke, thinking maybe sugar was low (no sugar issues). Vision was blurry. I had black vomit. Ambulance came. I stayed 3 days in hospital. Tests last week showed the above. I did not eat and was unable to walk for 4 or 5 days. I was told not to drive for now. Baffling.

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

One morning I woke up with soreness in my right leg in the knee area. The next morning I woke up I was sore in both legs. I put up with the pain it was a burning sensation in the skin. I went to emergency after a week where an ultrasound confirmed thrombophlebitis. They gave me a six week course of Xarelto. It is most painful when standing, only relief when lying. Now all good.

Comment from: pat, 55-64 Female Published: April 15

I have had spasmodic torticollis for over 5 years. A physical therapist has me doing certain neck, shoulder, and arm stretching movements which do help and I have had Botox injections for about 2 years which help some. I walk a few blocks every day and that also helps. The chiropractor is also good (every week or less). Green Earth Naturals for deep green algae for the rich nutrients are very helpful.

Comment from: Dale, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 19

He has atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and stage 3 kidney disease. He has been sick for a month, has anemia and took iron, but was B/12 anemic. He was hospitalized, needed 4 units of blood, and medicine changes before being discharged. Today we were going out for lunch and he just lost the ability to speak and just stared into space for about 90 seconds. I asked if he was ok and he answered no. Within 3 minutes after the TIA (transient ischemic attack) he was fine.

Comment from: Rambo10, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I sympathize with all those people suffering from gastrointestinal problems. About 2 years ago, I started having shortness of breath and fullness while eating, even just a little food. The shortness of breath became worse as time went by. I went to the cardiologist and rheumatologist and all tests came back negative. I was told by my family doctor that I must have silent reflux and needed to get an endoscopy. While waiting for that test, friends of mine told me that I had symptoms of a hiatal hernia. I researched it and found out that chiropractors are knowledgeable about hiatal hernias and can do a stomach manipulation to slip it back in place. Last week I went to the chiropractor and sure enough the manipulation helped. Since the hernia can slip in an out of the hiatus muscle, you might need to have more than one treatment. My husband even did the manipulation on my stomach and thank goodness I'm feeling much better. I am scheduled for the endoscopy next week just to make sure that my stomach is ok otherwise. There is a YouTube video on how to do the manipulation. Look up 'how to fix hiatal hernia.’ All the best out there.

Comment from: Mema, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I fell on a deck, my right arm was injured, plus my rotator cuff and ankle. The pain is immense.

Comment from: ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have been experiencing tingling in my left hand and arm on a daily basis, I wonder if this could be TIA (transient ischemic attack).

Comment from: slygirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have had strep throat many times when I was younger, and here I am again with it! I went to the walk in clinic the night before and do not feel better, I am on a shot and a 10 day supply of penicillin. This will take at least 3 days to kick in and I start getting better. Good luck to all, take it easy. Rest and soda with crushed ice helps.

Comment from: Slayton, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

About 2 hours before the TIA (transient ischemic attack) happened my vision was kind of moving up and down even though I was staring straight ahead. I was driving and I couldn't figure out how to navigate a 4 way stop. My mom said there was something wrong with me and I tried to say I am fine, but ‘slum nine’ came out. I was able to stop the car and when I got out to let her drive I could barely stand. Luckily we were 2 blocks from the hospital. They had me in CT in 20 minutes. There was a small area with reduced flow. I got better in 45 minutes.

Comment from: kimpa, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I woke up to blurred vision in both eyes, garbled speech, a slight pain in the back of my neck and feeling weak. After taking 2 aspirin the TIA (transient ischemic attack) symptoms disappeared in an hour’s time.


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Comment from: Wan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

Especially in winter time keep upper part body warm and keep air temperature in room warm. Drink warm water, makes it easy to cough up the phlegm. I use Ventolin 2 puffs PRN.

Comment from: Cath, Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Over the past two months I've experienced short episodes of numbness in hands. These episodes last from a few minutes up to 15 minutes or so. The first time I had numbness in hand, arm, shoulder, and mouth (episode was approximately half hour) I did not have any headache or visual disturbance. Scans and ultrasounds showed a small brain bleed (subarachnoid hemorrhage). I’m having these short TIA (transient ischemic attack) episodes a couple of times each week. Physician’s advice was to go home and take it easy. I have also had short periods of confusion and light-headedness.

Comment from: cheryl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I think I might have had a stroke 5 years ago. All of a sudden I could not talk or answer the questions I was being asked. I believe I was not able to move either. I don't think it was a seizure because I wasn't moving around. The TIA (transient ischemic attack) lasted about 3 to 5 seconds; long enough to scare me. I just realized it could have been a stroke. I'm going to let my doctor know. I wonder if there's any way for the doctor to check and find what happened.

Comment from: johntynycoed, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I felt very tired, went for a sit down and found my left leg felt like it was wearing a diver’s boot. I stood up and found the leg would not move from the knee down. The TIA (transient ischemic attack) episode lasted 30 minutes or so. The following day I was prescribed aspirin 300 for a fortnight. Two days later my carotid arteries were scanned and found ok. I was prescribed pravastatin and clopidogrel.

Comment from: debbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was washing dishes on night around 10. I suddenly had a headache then I started feeling dizzy and my stomach was upset all of a sudden. I knew those were bad warning signs. I woke up in the hospital but all I could do was open my eyes. I could not move or speak at first then I started talking a little bit then stared to move around. Transient ischemic attack (TIA) scares me.

Comment from: Kim, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

My symptoms of transient ischemic attack (TIA) started with dizziness, inability to be able to figure out how to use the phone (to call 911). I got very hot and sweaty, my vision got blurry and I was only able to walk a brief amount when I collapsed in the floor. My speech was superfast yet I couldn’t yell when I needed to. My heart rate was both super-fast and hard like it was about to explode. Within 30 minutes I was in the hospital yet lab test showed nothing. The fast heart rate continued not as bad but for a few more days then just stopped. Prior to this incident I have been having dizziness, headache in specific areas, and weakness as well as loss of ability to walk during some days.

Comment from: Darkeyes339, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 16

My husband had a transient ischemic stroke on the 17th of May. We didn’t realize anything wrong until 6 days later. We came back from Cabo on the 16th and the next morning he experienced sort of a tired fuzzy feeling. The same thing for the next 6 days off and on. He then was driving and all of a sudden had double vision. When he returned home he told me about it and we went to urgent care. They did a CT and discovered the small stroke on left side behind his ear. Since then his speech and cognition went downhill and he has tremor and weakness on his right side, mostly his right hand and arm. He also still has double disconnected vision. Doctor put him on Plavix and Xanax for anxiety. Has just started rehabilitation. He is 71 years old, strong and been active all his life and an avid woodworker. Hoping he is able to get back to doing that. He won’t be a very happy camper, I’m afraid.

Comment from: Jay In Mpls, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

Yesterday I had my second transient ischemic attack (TIA). I"m now 48, my first TIA was 29 years ago at the age of 19, but symptoms were surprisingly the same. I wanted to say something to my wife and realized that I wasn"t able to speak anything but gibberish. I tried twice to say what I wanted, but wasn"t able to. It only lasted about 15 seconds, but when my speech came back, I realized I was about to drop the glass of water I was holding in my left hand. For over an hour I had no control of my left hand or fingers. Slowly, I regained control. The odd thing in my case is this: I have been on blood thinners for 38 years! I"ve been taking warfarin since my 2nd open heart surgery at the age of 10 in 1976! I should have no clot problems. That being said, I didn"t go the emergency room when this happened yesterday, I emailed my doc... I"ll keep you posted!

Comment from: SSB, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I experienced numbness down my left leg. I lay down for about 30 minutes, decided to get up and when I did I became numb and tingling from my left shoulder down my arm to my wrist. Also from under my left arm down my left side all the way down my leg to the ankle of my left foot. I could walk. And I could move my left arm and hand and fingers. I called 911, spent 2 nights in hospital for transient ischemic attack (TIA). I had been taking levofloxacin for 7 days for upper respiratory infection. I still have the numbness and tingling from my left shoulder to my elbow and under my arm down my left side to my knee. I am worried that it will not go away.


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Comment from: octogenarian, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I believe I"ve had many TIAs since 2002 when I suffered a concussion after a fall. Only one of these events was diagnosed as a TIA, although in each event I had the same following symptoms: very high blood pressure, a numbness in the left hemisphere which moved toward my left nostril, to my upper lip, sometimes involving my left cheek down to my neck and upper left shoulder area. These symptoms lasted anywhere from one hour to as long as a day. Over the years two doctors, a neurologist and a cardiologist have opined that I have had several small strokes, but my present cardiologist is not convinced.

Comment from: Howards Wife, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 03

My husband had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) on the morning of February 24 as far as we can tell. He had very, very little in the way of symptoms. He had slight numbness in his lower lip, slight dizziness and some numbness in his hands. He thought maybe he was fighting a cold/flu a few days before. We took him to the emergency room. What was crazy is all of his tests (blood, sonogram of his carotid artery, CAT scans) were normal/good. He is a diabetic with a pacemaker. I"m just wondering what we can do to prevent him from having another episode, a stroke or worse. He will be starting some rehabilitation next week and doctors want to adjust his Coumadin levels. I guess what I"m trying to say is that unlike regular strokes, the TIA doesn"t always have a warning sign. I"m hoping that I can educate myself for my hubby"s health and then share that with others.

Comment from: MGW, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I woke up at 5 a.m., went to the bathroom, and the room started spinning, I couldn't balance or walk when I tried to get up. My husband got me back on bed and I became nauseous and dizziness persisted, so he called 911. CAT scan and MRI determined I had a TIA (transient ischemic attack) on lower back of cerebellum. I spent the night in hospital and was fine the next day. I am now on Plavix for life and atorvastatin for cholesterol. They told me it was a warning and I need to get daily exercise, watch diet for fats, salt etc. I've felt fine since, and found out a sister and brother have had TIAs in the past 10 years with no reoccurrence.

Comment from: Monafaye, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

My broken jaw was the result of being in an abusive relationship. Immediately after being struck my bottom teeth were pushed upward, and bleeding.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Matilda, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I suffered a mini stroke (or TIA) about 4 months ago, when I suddenly couldn't get the words out I wanted to say. It lasted only about 10 to 15 minutes and I haven't suffered a recurrence. I am at present taking Clopadogrel, which was prescribed by a doctor I saw at the hospital, who is a specialist in this field. Hopefully, I may only have this one hiccup; it is important, I feel, to remain optimistic for the future, even though I am almost 79 years old.

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.

Comment from: sarita, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Two month ago I awakened with slight speech difficulty, otherwise no headaches nor weakness. I sleep soundly without medication, no problem, but I have been treated for high cholesterol 240-230 with cholesterol medication.

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

I"ve been having transient ischemic attacks (TIA) for over 20 years continuously daily and without much help from doctors. I"ve been run through tons of tests until recently in January or February 2014 I was finally diagnosed with TIAs by my neurologist, who said he could see what I"ve been trying to explain to everyone for a long time. I"ve been on an aspirin regimen for years. No blood thinners required. Now I’m on cholesterol medications but my cholesterol wasn"t out of control. I have really good level in the good cholesterol so all doctors ignored the levels. I"ve been a diabetic for 34 years now and finally have a really good internal medicine physician.

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

I was lightheaded with tunnel vision, and occasional falling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: jazzlady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I was in the grocery store and started getting extremely dizzy. Then I felt my legs give way so I sat down in the aisle before I could fall. Several people gathered around me and asked me if I was OK, but I had trouble speaking. My eyes began to move back and forth very quickly and I couldn't focus. I had no control over my arms and I couldn't keep them still. 911 was called. My symptoms were totally gone shortly after I arrived in the ER. I was totally alert during the whole episode and fearful of what was happening to me. That happened to me quite often during a period of about two years, except that the loss of speech only happened three times total. It has been about 5 years since I have had an episode.

Comment from: Karen S, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I was at a meeting with my husband and was taking notes when I suddenly realized I could not write, my writing was like a first grader and I just put the pen and paper down and ignored it and by the time we left I was fine again. That was in about 1998 and I have not had another TIA to my knowledge, my blood pressure runs about 125/80 I am 68 yrs old and a 7 year breast cancer survivor. Stroke and heart attacks run in my family on my dad's side.

Comment from: momof4, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was at the pediatrician office with my daughter. I was at the nurses’ station making a follow-up appointment when she asked me if mornings or afternoons were better. It sounded like gibberish to me. I could not understand her. I told her to give me a minute I stepped back and fainted. The nurse took my Bp it was 190/100 they immediately took me downstairs to urgent care. I was cold, clammy, shaking, disoriented and had a headache in the back of my head. I didn’t even know I had high blood pressure I am a healthy 42 year old with about 30lbs to lose. I just thought I was having a "bad sinus day". I returned to my normal self after about 2 hours.

Comment from: pete, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I experienced TIA few days ago. I lost motion, feeling in my left hand only. This hand became cold and lost touch where I could not lift a napkin. It happened when I was dining. I regained feeling and some strength in about two hours and almost back to normal in about six hours. EKG plus an EGO were performed and the warfarin dose was increased. I have a mechanical aortic valve.TIA took place when mi INR was 2.4. Plan is to increase it to 3 to 3.5.

Comment from: smith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

Confusion slurred speech pins and needles in hands pins and needles in tongue and mouth. I am just starting to get migraines in back of head the last week don’t know whether to go doctors for it. I had tia often over last 12 months.

Comment from: Tiger, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I was waiting in line at a bank, when I reached the teller I could not understand what she was saying it sounded like gibberish. This condition only lasted for a few moments however I had a droopy eye lid for quite a while, I did not seek medical attention. I do suffer with painful migraine headaches and have had Bell's Palsy in later years.