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TIA like symptoms

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  • Posted By: jessopher
  • October 23, 2010
  • 07:22 AM


I have had these episodes for about 5 years. Originally diagnosed as being an NSAID sensitivity, in the last 2 years they have an onset completely separate from NSAID usage (i stopped taking nsaids all together). The episodes are not frequent at all, happening a total of maybe 4 times a year as far as i can recall.

It generally starts with dull neck ache, and a sense that there are pressure changes in my sinuses. It progresses to unilateral numbness/coldness on the side of my head & face, and progresses down the right side of my body. I have trouble swallowing, a little trouble talking, and weakness in right arm and leg. I also start feeling very fatigued and hungry. Resolution of symptoms is about as rapid as the onset, generally taking 5 to 10 minutes.

To me it feels vascular in some part, because of pressure sensation. I went in to get it checked out about 3 months ago and had CT scan performed. Upon reviewing the CT results, my doctor said there was no indication of TIA in the CT, concluding that it was probably irregular migraine, and prescribed something for migraine. After reading up on the medication, and finding that it shouldn't be taken if you are at risk for stroke, I declined taking it.

So I sat on it... for a couple months. Last month I scheduled an appointment to be reevaluated by a different doctor. Between when the appointment was scheduled, and when the appointment took place, I was in the middle of full blown accute hyperglycemia, with ketoacidosis, and was hospitalized after evaluation at the appointment.

Diagnosis: Diabetes Mellitus Type 1. So I am now diabetic. Diabetes increases your risk of stroke, and can lead to seizure, but as far as i can tell, i was not at all diabetic when i had the aforementioned TIA like episodes. The onset of type 1 diabetes can be progressive, and the only explanation I can find for the TIA like episodes is some kind of pre-diabetic hyperglycemia/electrolyte induced seizure.

Does this seem possible? And if not, what could possibly be causing this given the circumstances.

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  • Not sure if this is relevant, but while i was hyperglycemic the week or so prior to diagnosis, every night i would lay down trying to go to sleep, I kept having strange auditory hallucinations, accompanied by a sensation of vibrating. The auditory hallucination was a metallic zip or a crash, like sticking a ballpoint pen in a steel fan.*EDIT*I forgot to mention that the duration of the TIA-like episodes is about an hour
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    • October 23, 2010
    • 07:31 AM
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