Worried I've had a TIA

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Hi all. I am a 54 year old woman who had a mild heart attack last May. I don't suffer from high blood pressure and I'm not diabetic. Two weeks ago I was visiting my brother and I was out in his garden and collapsed. I was aware of going down but couldn't stop it from happening g. I thought I was just going down on my knees but next thing I was aware of my whole body slumping to the ground. Once down I tried to lift my head and couldn't. I had no strength in my arms legs or head and realised I would just have to lie there for a while. I think it was about 15 minutes later I got some movement back in my arms and was able (with more determination than I'd ever used in my life before) to slowly get myself up off the ground. I went, very slowly, to the bathroom and my face was covered in blood. I had bitten my lip quite badly and also had scrapes and scratches in my face from the collapse. Ever since I have not felt well but unable to pinpoint where the unwellness comes from. I've had a few mild shooting pains in my neck and now I think I have a slight weakness in my right hand grip. Yesterday I had a terrible fuzziness in my head. I've had vertigo in the past and this fuzziness wasn't like vertigo. I'm beginning to think I may have had a TIA and worries as I haven't been to my GP.

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    Millie, with an experience like that, I'm surprised that your brother didn't call an ambulance, especially with your recent history of heart attack.  You would be wise to contact your GP as soon as possible especially with the pains and weakness you are experiencing.  If you have had a TIA, then without treatment you are at risk of a more severe stroke.  Lots of good luck wishes.
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      My brother was in bed and unaware of my situation. Sorry. I should have mentioned that. He'd just been discharged from hospital following emergency gall bladder surgery. I would have gone to my GP but on our way back to my house he took ill and was rushed back into hospital with pancreatitis.

      We have all been through quite stressful times recently as my mother died mid January too.

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      Oh dear Millie you have been through a stressful time haven't you.  Don't forget to think about you though - do see the GP. Perhaps your little collapse is more to do with stress than anything else - I know it's very stressful to lose a Mum. I hope your brother is being taken good care of and they are getting control of the pain.  I know a couple of people who have had pancreatitis and know how much pain they were in.    All the very best to both of you.
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      Thank you. It had occurred to me that it might be stress related. I just worried as strokes and Tia's run in our family.

      My brother is recovering. Spent almost 2 weeks in hospital but hopefully on the mend now

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    You should ALWAYS get a suspected TIA referred to a Dr. As Mrs O says, a TIA can be a precursor to a more serious Stroke. Are you on Warfarin (or other blood thinner) for the Heart attack? That would have reduced your risk of Stroke. Talk to your Dr who will run the tests for you a recommend the best course of action 

    Regards

    Pauline

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    Hi Millie,

    Go to your GP, I had a brain bleed. 

    You get up Docs and see a Specialist and we are here for you.

    Don't be afraid as stress is bad for us better to be safe than sorry xx

    Good Luck

    Win xxxx

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    Thanks everyone. I have an appt to see my GP this week.

    I'm not on warfarin but do take an aspirin every day since having the heart attack (along with several other meds including a beta blocker and a statin.

    Will keep you updated once I've see my GP xx

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    Good Luck Millie xx Go get em girl xx
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