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  • Posted By: SouthernMom
  • December 31, 2006
  • 03:50 AM

I went to the salon recently and had a very bizarre experience upon rising from the shampoo bowl. I felt a little off balance and when seated at my chair for the haircut, I looked into the mirror and noticed my left pupil completely dialated while the right pupil was completely constricted. Following this, I noticed a slight "drawing" of the right side of my face which also included reduced sensitivity to my right arm, hand, leg and foot. My right hand tingled and I felt flushed and my right eye had diminished vision as though there were a shadow over part of it and my peripheral vision was somewhat limited. I also experienced a reduction in the ability to verbally communicate. I couldn't seem to find the right words to express exactly what was going on with me and kept using words that "sounded" close to what I was looking for, but not the right word...obviously I was frustrated.

My hairdresser rushed me to the hospital where an initial CT was done and then hooked up to a "Heprin" IV. I was treated as a stroke patient for three days and put through several tests i.e. CT w/o contrast and then CT with contrast; MRI, Ultrasound, EKG and I beleive an angiogram. I kept hearing about something called a TIA/Mini-stroke and was told that that was usually the diagnosis if it "resolved" itself within 24 hours. My initial symptoms with the exception of the dialated pupils were pretty much gone during that period of time (the face numbness and drawing was over in a few minutes) and the tests all came back "fine".

When the physician making rounds came by to discharge me, he wouldn't really give me a "real" diagnosis. He cited everything from hormones/menopause to migraines. It is important to note that I am 41 and I did not have a "headache" at the time. I do not smoke, drink, take drugs, am not on any medication and do not take birth control pills. When I pressed him for a "diagnosis", he said he would call it "Classical Migraine".

I have done a lot of research on Classical Migraines and I did not find anything that really matched my symptoms. I did not see anything that referred to the pupil dialation or constriction, nor did I find anything that referred to the facial drawing/numbness either. The "Aura" which he referred to only partially matched some of the symptoms and I did NOT have any sort of "halo" around objects or "flecks of light" as indicated in the description of AURA.

The ER neurologist mentioned something called "Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome" which seems more in line with what I experienced. I am at a loss as to what to do. Any ideas? Comments? Anything would be appreciated.



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  • It sounds like you did have a mild stroke. You should see someone specializing in cardiovascular problems so they can check your arteries in your heart, your carotid arteries in your neck for blockages. You should know in general how well your arteries are working and also check if anything can be causing blood clots in you(like birth control pills) You should probably be on an aspirin a day or some other blood thinning medication according to what they find.good luck!
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    • December 31, 2006
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