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