Possible TIA 31 years old

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Hi all, this is my first time writing on a discussion board but I’m terrified and need advice. I was driving to work yesterday morning when my peripheral vision went white and blurry, i got very dazed and couldn’t see the cars next to me. Luckily I didn’t crash. I went to my GP who sent me straight to A&E as he wanted a scan done to be safe. I got to A&E and was seen by an ophthalmologist who ran tests on my eyes and gave them the all clear. He has ordered tests for TIA but I have to wait for the appointment for that, nd have to go for a field vision test on Monday. I didn’t not get a scan done and am now so nervous that it will happen again or worse! The only thing he could think of was that it could be because of my contraceptive pill (I have been on it for 15 years on and off) he said I’m too young and too healthy (I don’t smoke) for this to happen and it’s worrisome! He didn’t tell me to stop taking the pill so I’m wondering if I should, or do I wait for Monday? It’s saturday now, I wish they had done all the tests last night, the worrying is really getting to me! Any advice appreciated! 

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    Hi Naomi

    I had a friend who also experienced that episode. When he checked at the hospital, it was found out to be a mini stroke. There are incidents also that taking birth control pills could trigger a stroke. To be sure, have a ct scan done soon so that yoyr doctor can give you the proper medication. The next 10 days is critical. Dont worry. It is not the end of the world. God bless!

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      Thank you! I’m just worried as they didn’t do a scan or anything yet, I’m hoping his will be done on Monday. In the moment I forgot to mention my grandfather suffered many strokes and my aunt passed away from an aneurism, both on my moms side of the family. I just don’t feel like I was treated properly and am worried! 
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    I don't know if you can circumvent your doctor that you saw in the ER because I don't really quite understand your medical situation in your country. But I think it was remiss for the doctor to not do a CT scan while you were in the emergency room. Visual disturbances are a important sign of a stroke. And if you wait too long the evidence of a blood clot will not even be there anymore. I would recommend that you start taking a baby aspirin every day until you can get the CT scan. It will help keep you from having another stroke (if that's what this was) and it's not going to hurt you to take it if it turns out it was not a stroke. I've had two incidents of visual disturbance. The first one was a full stroke not a mini stroke or a TIA but a full-on stroke. It took five days for my doctor to get me into a CT scan but the evidence was still there. I've learned since then to just go to the emergency room.

    The second time I had a visual disturbance I went to the ER and the doctor said it was an ocular migraine. Typically that does not involve pain so it's kind of weird that they call it a migraine. If that's what it was then there's nothing really to be done about it and you just move on.

    I really hope that it was an ocular migraine. I wish the best for you. Please keep us posted.

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      Thank you! I’m in Ireland and this system is terrible. My own doctor sent me to a&e specifically to get a scan but I only say an eye doctor who said my eyes were fine and gave me an appointment for Monday for more tests and faxed off for a TIA exam, which I don’t know when I will have. I’m going to say it on Monday about getting the scan, if anything for piece of mind. The waiting is just ridiculous, sudden loss of vision out of the blue is no joke I thought t would have been taken more seriously! I got baby aspirin today thank you I will take them for a few days and hopefully get more answers on Monday. They said my blood might be thick because of my pill but never advised me to stop taking it, the pharmacist today said to defo stop taking it, at least until I get some answers! 

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      That is a very wise pharmacist. I was on hormone replacement therapy when I had a blood clot in my leg and of course I had to stop it immediately because of the blood clot. But a year later I had my stroke which shows I have a propensity to clot. Then a couple of years later I had a TIA. And other than the blood clot all the rest came after I had stopped the hormone replacement therapy.

      I'm really hoping that your situation was nothing more than an ocular migraine.

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    Dear Naomik

    How awful for you l too have had a similar incident. I was shopping for food as l had guests for the weekend. While l was in the shop paying for my goods my eyes begin to feel as if they were 

    spinning like a pin ball machine. I couldn’t walk properly and was escorted to a seat. Eventually I was escorted with my shopping to my car. As l w

    as sitting in my car l felt very unwell and nauseous. Help came from the shop and they called for an ambulance. I was taken to the A&E at the local hospital.there blood tests were taken. I was left for a long time on my own and began to feel a bit better. My husband was on his way to pick me up. I sat in the A& E until he arrived I felt very nauseous outside of the hospital l was sick and immediately felt better. I made an appointment to see my cardiac consultant . I told him what happened and asked why when I had been sick l felt so much better. His reply was that vomiting had knocked my heart back into  to rhythm. Just like when they put the electric pads on your chest when your heart has stopped in a hospital.  He said l should remember how lfelt as it was telling me my heart rhythm was out of sinc I have an AF which caused me to have a stroke. My advice to you is to make sure you have the scan go back to your gp and get a proper referral to receive a scan.  Make sure you get a look when you have it l did and could see a mark on my brain once it was pointed out as l didn’t believe l had a stroke.  I would like to say l have not had another episode with my eyes as before l think as you are now recognised as possibly needing a scan once that’s taken place and the results are known. Once you have the results they will treat you with medication which hopefully take away your fears. I take medication every day and receive blood tests every two weeks or more.  I know it’s hard not to worry but you are now being monitored get the scan. Good luck Niomi keep in touch and let us know how you get on. Remember you know how your body and make sure you ask for things you want. Wishing you all the best Therapy girl

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