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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 4, 2009
  • 00:57 AM

Hello, I am writing here because no medical doctor has a real clue what I have wrong with me. Any help or advice you could give me will help me sleep at night.

I have now, in the space of 4 weeks, had 3 'mini-stroke' like attacks that have been ruled out as being stroke or mini-stroke through CAT, MRI, MRA, EKG, TEE echo cardiogram etc, etc, etc.

The symptoms are as follows: I first notice my right side chest and shoulder go VERY quickly numb just as my right hand does. Then this complete numbness travels in a wave downwards to my right foot. After a while my hand becomes 90% normal again as do my feet and right side (except a feeling of total exhaustion and residual numbness). Next I feel the right side of my face go numb and shortly after that I start talking gobbledegook. I cannot even remember simple things like where I was born or my DOB during this phase.

After about 30 mins or so I can speak normally and then a migraine starts with tunnel vision (lasts 30 mins) and finally a fierce headache that lasts all day kicks in after the visual stuff has gone. That's it - all done in less that 1.5 hrs.

The first two times I experienced this I felt for sure that I was having a TIA and went to the ER. But after CAT scans and everything else they said they could find nothing. They have suggested it could be a complicated migraine. One other thing, about 3-4 months ago a few times a day I would notice a tingling or 'stuck' muscle area under my left shoulder blade I always dismissed this, could it be related?

The problem is am full of fear and it is ruining my life at the moment. The doctors can only offer a 'diagnosis of exclusion'. My therapist thinks it is entirely psychosomatic as I have been living a life of 110% stress recently.

Any thoughts or advice? Surely someone has had something like this before?

Thanks.

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  • Hello, I am writing here because no medical doctor has a real clue what I have wrong with me. Any help or advice you could give me will help me sleep at night.I have now, in the space of 4 weeks, had 3 'mini-stroke' like attacks that have been ruled out as being stroke or mini-stroke through CAT, MRI, MRA, EKG, TEE echo cardiogram etc, etc, etc.The symptoms are as follows: I first notice my right side chest and shoulder go VERY quickly numb just as my right hand does. Then this complete numbness travels in a wave downwards to my right foot. After a while my hand becomes 90% normal again as do my feet and right side (except a feeling of total exhaustion and residual numbness). Next I feel the right side of my face go numb and shortly after that I start talking gobbledegook. I cannot even remember simple things like where I was born or my DOB during this phase. After about 30 mins or so I can speak normally and then a migraine starts with tunnel vision (lasts 30 mins) and finally a fierce headache that lasts all day kicks in after the visual stuff has gone. That's it - all done in less that 1.5 hrs.The first two times I experienced this I felt for sure that I was having a TIA and went to the ER. But after CAT scans and everything else they said they could find nothing. They have suggested it could be a complicated migraine. One other thing, about 3-4 months ago a few times a day I would notice a tingling or 'stuck' muscle area under my left shoulder blade I always dismissed this, could it be related? The problem is am full of fear and it is ruining my life at the moment. The doctors can only offer a 'diagnosis of exclusion'. My therapist thinks it is entirely psychosomatic as I have been living a life of 110% stress recently.Any thoughts or advice? Surely someone has had something like this before?Thanks.Hi, could be a neurological disorder - of which there are many so consider asking your doctor to refer you to a neurologist who could check you out. In the meantime take a look at neurological disorders on the Wrong Diagnosis site i.e. numbness, tingling etc could be useful, good luck
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    • November 5, 2009
    • 00:07 AM
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