Please give advice! Worried about stepfather

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My stepfather (60) had a stroke in 2010. It was a big one but he survived, he didn’t get treatment for a few hours

Last year suddenly he was at the pc and suddenly we heard a loud bang. Mum went to him and found him on the ground with blood red eyes and he looked dead. Mum got him up and he was disorientated. He came to after a while. 

Last year he was getting up and suddenly his eyes rolled back and he fell backwards

Also last year he fell out of a moving vehicle and broke his wrist by accident and he couldn’t get up without eyes rolling and spacey. They took him to ER and didn’t find anything

Also he has had several tripping over or falling incidents. Same symptoms. On e he rolled down a hill

He went to a hospital and they did a ct and each and unsure what else. They didn’t know what it was. I don’t know what else to do?

He just had another while looking for something. 

Medical conditions: asthma, bradycardia, prior stroke, low blood pressure.

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    It could be so many things. Without knowing all his medical records, what type of stroke he had originally etc. it is impossible to say. The blood red eyes sound like subconjunctival haemorrhage and can be caused by a number of things - I had one with my stroke and then in both eyes with cough syncope - they look bad, but don't hurt and don't effect vision.

    He could have had an ischaemic stroke (mini stroke) that won't be detected by a CT scan because it doesn't really leave a trace or it could be seizures. Seizures in medical terms can mean anything from blackouts (syncope), fits and epilepsy. People who have had a stroke are at higher risk of those.

    Hypotension (low blood pressure) puts people at more of a risk of blacking out. I know nothing about bradycardia except that I think that would had problems to the hypotension.

    I am not medically trained, but based on my own experience, it would seem some form of syncope. As I am pretty sure that you are in the US (ER not A&E) it is difficult to advise, but here in Britain a patient with these symptoms would be sent to see a neurological consultant.

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    So sorry for what's happened to your step dad, I do understand how worrying it is.  I can't advise I'm sorry but, just going from my experience - and we're all different - is that an MRI revealed a damaged area of the brain that the CT scan didn't show. MRI might also show if TIAs have happened, those wouldn't show on a CT scan, as I understand it.  If you feel it's stroke related maybe you should ask for further tests, specifically an MRI, and to get them organised without delay. In any case, please seek medical advice for him.

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    hi becky

    it could also be about imbalance. maybe you can also see an ENT specialist. i agree with an MRI test because it is more detailed. have your stepdad checked thoroughly so as to avoid further neurogical accidents. i hope he will get well soon. God bless!

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    i had a stroke 5 years ago .but in that time ive had many symtoms as you describe.normaly they only last about 30 seconds.but still there scary.when first had one i think was tia i went to hospital .but they couldnt do anything .since then i dont bother i just let it pass .not sure if thats the right thing to do but i dont fancy sitting in a hospital for hours when its past already .the best way i can descibe it is .its like an earthquake and after that get the after shocks .i had one last night as it happens  just  feeling bit strange today but i hope it will pass as before .i hope your stepfather is ok now .but i think you must still imform your doctor  as a precaution .sorry about my bad spelling but i forget somtimes  tc 
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      Hi Patrick Depends My doctors  (4) are not of the same opinion about what I had last Sept. I think it was a stroke, MRI confirms iscaemia or infarct, I have had after effects.

      What's happened since then to complicate matters is 7 pain free, hours long stroke-like events that the latest doc believes aren't strokes but migraines.

      I'm seeing a neurologist next week, he's a headache and stroke man so I hope he'll be able to diagnose what's going on. No-one told me what to expect post-stroke, I've had to find out for myself using helpful sites like this,

      It is worrying, this not knowing, yet knowing that something is very 'off'. We know our bodies. If anyone else puts it down to old age or anxiety, I shall scream. Good health!

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