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A stroke is an acute neurologic injury where the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted, either by a clot in the artery or if the artery bursts. The brain perfused by that artery no longer receiving oxygen carried by the blood and dying with cessation of function from that part of the brain.

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Is It Really Possible, Mini Strokes?

Hello Friends, I am new here at strokes on DS. For quite some time I have had some unexplained muscle problems, (pain, spasms, stiffness and numbness). The numbness and loss of feeling has come and gone occasionally. The stiffness and very bad muscle pain has pretty much stayed and not gone. Anyway, I was tested for everything possible and could not get any answers. Then I went to see a specialist, and he did more tests, a third MRI and more blood work. Then I was told I had a series of mini strokes, better known as TIA's. With the memory loss and confusion on top of the lesions around the brain, I was told about the mini strokes. Now I take daily aspirin and lipitor for the prevention of further strokes. I guess I should of figured or even suspected that the problems I was having was related to mini strokes, especially since my cholesterol level was off the charts and extremely high. So is this really possible? Could that be what happened and now I am having to deal with the problems from the strokes. But upon research I read that out of all the cases reported as mini strokes only 40 percent, of these cases turned out to be true TIAs. Makes me wonder if I really did have strokes. My research also found that, approximately 240,000 TIAs are diagnosed in the United States each year. TIAs carry a particularly high short-term risk of stroke, and about 15 percent of diagnosed strokes are preceded by TIAs. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, depending on the area of the brain affected. The most frequent symptoms include temporary loss of vision, difficulty speaking and weakness, numbness or tingling on one side of the body. So I did have some of these symptoms a few times but not every time I had the onset. Just wish I knew for sure that the doctor was right. Anyway, if anyone has had this happen, I could really use some advice on what if any strokes really took place. I know that there is probably really no way of really knowing and that all people are different. But it is possible that there are others out there that have gone through this. Thanks for reading this long post. Mary



AngelMary, yes it is possible. My husband has several TIA's and each was slightly different. These TIA's precluded a major stroke for him....

If you are unsure, get a second opinion from another neurologist. That's what I would do, if I were you.

Bless you and hang in here,

they say 1 in 5 can suffer a major stroke statistically...monitoring your B/P and taking the appropriate medication for it, altering your diet a bit can have a great impact ,,,

I can only relate my story. I had an MRI of the brain to rule out something else. On the MRI was a couple of small 3-4 mm bulges, known as outpouchings, on the carotid artery that is located behind your eyes in the cavernous sinus area. You have a carotid in your neck that supplies blood to the rest of your body, and then it branches off in your cavernous sinus and provides blood to the brain and brain stem. The doctor said that I had a small 3-4mm bulge on either side of the carotid. He did think this was unusual because usually when you have a bulge on either side of the carotid one bulge is located higher than the other, not usually in the same exact place on either side of the carotid artery like mine is. He said what probably happened was I had a couple tiny vessels burst in the carotid and a clot formed to stopped the bleeding but very quickly dissolved. This would explain the reason for not even knowing anything had happened. I had no signs of having had a TIA at all. So my doctor put me on an 81 mg Bayer twice a day and put me on fish oil which helps inflammation as well. I saw my neurologist who said its too small to operate on and located in an area where they would have to cut a good bit of my skull off and take out my brain to even get to it. I then saw a neurovascular surgeon who said that these type of bulges in this area rarely change at all. He said he would do repeat MRI's but does not expect it to change. If it does we will go from there. He more expects that I will have a repeat MRI about every 6 months to a year and that after about 5 or 6 of them I will drop out of having them due to the fact that nothing will probably have changed. He told me to get on with living. I now take my aspirin and fish oil and if that artery should burst I have no control over it because they cant operate on it this small. Taking the meds is all I can do. If it should burst it bursts. I dont think about it everyday but instead I just get up and live each day to the fullest and appreciate the day I have.

P.S. The neurovascular surgeon said we could do a conventional angiogram through the groin and go up to look at it if I wanted to but with that also comes risks. You are exposed to about 500+ dose of xray radiation when you have this procedure which could cause you to develop cancer later in life. There is also a risk of stroke from the procedure itself. There is also possibility of risk from threading the catheter all the way through the vein up into my head area. The risk is too big in my mind as well as my doctors. I plan to just have repeat MRI's and see how things go.
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