For about 2 months now, my 53 year old dad's been showing symptoms of some sort of allergic reaction. His face and lips swelled pretty significantly last month, but by the time he got to the hospital, he was fine. He's had a nasty and itchy rash on his back for about a month. Three weeks ago, his doctor removed him from his blood pressure medication to see if it helped his allergy symptoms. It did not.
About 2 weeks ago, he started complaining about pain and pressure behind his right eye. His doctor said it was sinus issues.
This morning, my mother woke him up, and he was exhibiting classic stroke symptoms... droopy on one side of the face, very slurred speech, confusion, lack of coordination on one side of his body.
We called 911, and he was taken to the hospital. he got a bit better as the day progressed, but his condition deteriorated a bit this evening, and he's basically unintelligible again.
He was diagnosed with a TIA. I don't believe it... I'm sure that'll get changed to a stroke tomorrow. That speech isn't going to heal itself by 6:30 tomorrow morning. As a note: they determined that the TIA was from a clot, and not related to his BP.
I think this is something autoimmune. I think these "allergy" symptoms are related. My family lives in a tiny town with a second rate (at best) hospital. I need something to show his doctor about other possibilities... in other words, I think this stroke is a symptom. Not a diagnosis. Please help?