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multiple paresthesia attack or multiple TIA

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 14, 2009
  • 00:49 PM

Hi .. i'm a 65 year old female and yesterday began experiencing numbness and tingling down my right side, starting with face and moving down to foot. This lasts for about 10 minutes. The symptoms then recur within 30 to 60 minutes. This has continued for the past 16 hours. The doctor suggests TIA, but has never seen it recurring in this way.

Can this really be TIA?
How can TIA be diagnosed in this case?
If it is TIA, then due to its repeated nature, am I now at large risk of a full stroke?
If not TIA thenn what else could be the cause?

Hope someone can help me.

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  • Do you lose use of your right arm or leg during one of these episodes?If so,they likely are TIA's and can lead to a stroke.Why aren't you in a hospital having tests run to see what this is?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 01:51 PM
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  • I suppose it could be a sensory TIA only caused by vasospasm.Whatever it is,you need to be hospitalized.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 01:54 PM
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  • Hi Richard. Thanks for the reply. I was in hospital overnight and discharged the following day. ECG was OK, cartoid doppler was OK, blood tests all OK, cholesterol OK. They gave me aspirin and paracetamal in the morning after my overnight stay and I subsequently had no tingling sensation for 5 hours, at which point they discharged me. I had a tingling sensation sensation in my face in the car on the way home which lasted only a few minutes and it has returned 4 or 5 times since, more recently being just a burning sensation in my cheek with no tingling. I've had no tingling sensations in leg or arm since I was disachrged - about 20 hours ago now. I have been referred to a specialist TIA clinic and am expecing to wait a week or so to get an appointment. I saw my GP this morning, who said to go back to hospital if I start to lose feeeling in my arm or leg but said its not necessary to go back if I am just getting the tingling sensation. To answer your other question, when the tingling/numbnesss was in my arm and leg I was still able to move them and still able to move my toes and clench and unclench my fist. I suppose I was hoping that the cause might be something a little less serious, such as a trapped nerve - the sensation first occured, starting in my lip, whilst I was swimming, and I thought it possible I may have trapped or pinched a nerve whilst lifting my neck doing the breast stroke, but my GP still says that TIA is the most likely diagnosis so I guess it was just wishful thinking. Anyway, thanks for your help, and if you, or anyone else has any more advice or suggestions i'd be most grateful.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 00:15 PM
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  • HI could you update me on your current statis regarding your attacks. i am 38 yo male just discharged from overnight stay for very similar symtoms as you (repeated attacks in a day then nothing and all tests revealing nothing). would like to know your results. Wayne wbuchmas@joy.com
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  • HI could you update me on your current statis regarding your attacks. i am 38 yo male just discharged from overnight stay for very similar symtoms as you (repeated attacks in a day then nothing and all tests revealing nothing). would like to know your results. Wayne wbuchmas@joy.comhi......afraid this isn't going to be much help, however.......The stroke specialist said the symtoms did not indicate TIA and neither did a CRT scan - he referred me to an epilepsy consultant because he couldn't think of anything else. The epilepsy specialist said it wasn't epilepsy and said that the CRT indicated TIA. Stalemate. In the end it went undiagnosed. The tingling sensation persisted for a few months but gradually disappeared. In the meantime, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and have been on tablets for this ever since. I also, a few days after the initial attack, developed tinitus - which I was told was unrelated. The attack has not reoccurred. Hope you manage to get some answers and make a complete recovery - let me know if you find out anything interesting. Good luck.
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