TIA (Mini Stroke) or Migraine... can anyone help?

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I have had migraines since I was a teenager, no aura, just the severe pain in the eye(s).

On Sunday (this week), I was resting on the bed for about 20 minutes and when I got up, I was very dizzy (which had been happening days prior) but I suddenly lost the feeling in my right leg and foot. It was difficult to walk, so I went to the hospital, blood pressure was 149/120. A Stroke Nurse and Doctor examined me, did a CT scan which showed no bleeding, the feeling in my leg came back after 5 hours and eventually I was se for a nt home with the diagnosis of a TIA and given Aspirin. The next morning I had to attend a TIA Clinic and they said it could have been a TIA, but more likely a Migraine (think due to the fact I had a headache which followed but I explained that was due to the poor hospital lighting). However, due to the double vision, I was still experiencing, I was sent Head MRI yesterday and a scan of the neck. I have a follow-up appointment in about 4 weeks. 

Should I be concerned that my headache has still not eased and I still have the double vision 5 days later? The headache is so different to a migraine as it's a dull constant pain, but every so often it's like a pounding thunderclap for a few seconds which eases....

I don't want to go to hospital again because I guess they have done all the tests so it's a waiting game for results, but when nothing at all clears the head, it's so worrying. 


Any advice would help? I don't want it to be fobbed off as a migraine when it was a TIA and I could be at risk of a stroke.

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    Hi my lovely I just like you was getting quite a few migraines leading up to my stroke I suffered an occipital stroke but although the stroke occurred on the sat morning at work I wasn't even given a ct scan till the Thursday even though I went straight to a and e they were giving me oral morphine and saying its a bad migraine I knew it was like no other migraine I had ever had I couldn't see I was being sick and my head was hurting at times so bad I would have chopped it off myself the pain was so bad I was at the doctors mon tue wed till Thursday morning I started throwing a complete fit in the doctors office screaming at him that something was seriously wrong with me and that I still couldn't see properly and that I've not even been given a scan to check well he sent me to hospital I had a CT scan and it showed I had suffered a stroke I was admitted to hospital that was 2 and a half years ago my sight is ok ash still not back to how it was so please you know your own body if you are not happy get yourself to the doctors / hospital and don't let them fob you off remember the squeakiest door gets oiled first x really hope you are ok take care xx

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      Thanks so much Fraggles. It's funny as I am just off to the out of hours doctor now because nothing is shifting this. Tried all pain relief including my Sumitriptan but it's lingering like no other. I so appreciate your reply x

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      Bless you! I hope the out of hours Doc has sent you to A&E and you are ok.

      I had a TIA 3 years ago which started a couple of months before, with a very evil migraine with aphasia. Frightening to say the least! When my husband called the emergency service I was seen by a paramedic who immediately took me to A&E where they did all the checks and eventually said it was a TIA! 

      I am now 99% back to my normal self, take the meds and try to be healthier.

      I really do implore you to keep going back till they listen to you......................... you are the only one who really knows how you feel. Don't be fobbed off! Did they take your blood pressure?

      ?Good luck and try not to worry..................... x


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    I'm sorry you are not getting the support you need.

    A TIA is difficult to confirm after it has settled down BUT if there was any chance it really was a TIA I suggest you insist on more appropriate meds and not just aspirin!

    ?Your ongoing headache would indicate there is something not right.

    Good luck and insist! x

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