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Not Sure About Diagnosis

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  • Posted By: SouthernMom
  • December 31, 2006
  • 03:47 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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  • As the daughter and fulltime caregiver of an 80 year old mom that has had one major stroke and several TIA's (mini-strokes), your description is right on target of a stroke, or probably a mini-stroke. You do not have to have a headache to have a stroke. Mom hasn't had one with any of hers.I too have heard about the beauty parlor thing. I guess with the neck being pressed on the bowl, it can cause a constriction of the blood vessels and cause that kind of situation which is about the same as what happens with a stroke.However, it can't hurt for you to get your health in check. Get a physical, check your cholesterol, etc. You're getting to the age that things are going to start cropping up. Trust me, I know. I had a heart attack at 49 1/2 years old.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 09:59 PM
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  • Ooops well I'm registered now. I guess I forgot that part. I just wanted to make sure to get any updates on this thread.Blu
    Bluheart 1 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 10:04 PM
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  • Thanks for your input. I really felt like the diagnosis I received was not correct and have since done even more research which confirms my suspicions. I believe the physician was not really "hearing" me and just threw out "something" to send me home with.:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2007
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  • I am familiar with this phenomenon. It is called hairdressers syndrome and it is caused by a rupturing or tearing of one of the carotid arteries on either sides of your neck. The angle of your head and the back and forth movement can cause the layers of the artery to seperate or tear and you can have bleeding resulting in a stroke especially if the other side is blocked perhaps with plaque or cholesterol. These two arteries supply the brain with blood. This same exact phenomenon is a slight risk associated with chiropractic cervical manipulation. If the head is at the right angle and the rotation is aggressive enough, damage to the artery can occur and stroke can result. It is a one in a million risk but it is a real risk and it is well documented. Your doctor should be aware of this situation from the literature. I would ask for a CT scan of the arteries in your neck if you havent had one yet. (I am not a doctor so take my advice accordingly). Good Luck.
    winsall 15 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 10:43 PM
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  • I just saw today on the news something about a woman whose eyes were strange, one dialated, and one like a pinpoint, and it caught my attention. I am currently sixteen years old, and about two years ago this pupil thing happened to me more than once, and it happened again maybe a month ago. When i started watching the special on the news the womans diagnosis was Beauty Parlor Stroke. I thought at first, that surely only happened to older people, but sure enough after hours of research, I found numerous sources which said that young healthy people ARE very susceptible to it. I am obviously quite a bit young than most people with this condition, but I wonder if I may have had this too. I wasn't allowed in school untill i saw a doctor for it, so I believe my doctor wanted a quick answer which for me was migraines in which he said my brain messages were confused causing the pupil mishap. This may have been an acurate diagnosis, but after reading what you felt, I am going to reach my doctor and ask him about this condition. If anyone has any input on what I have said, I am very curious.
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