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hi I’m new to this so forgive me if I seem confused. I had “funny episode” 18th Jan went to hospital thought was having a stroke then said no so sent home back again and after number of tests they diagnosed TIA. think it’s had big impact on mental health, hard to even focus on anything else at times. Is it normal to feel like this??

@kazram hi I’m very sorry you’ve had a funny turn/TIA ! But welcome to our forum. There’s a wealth of knowledge between us all and you will always find our comments useful. I think of this as our DIY information and support as we have all suffered a stroke young and not so young. I think you will be suffering with your emotions that can make you feel up and down and all over the place. I can suggest you do some mindfulness/ deep breathing to calming music. Or speak to your GP and ask for counselling. Hope we can all be of some help. I wish you all the best Loraine :blush:

Hi @kazram, welcome to the forum, sorry to hear you’ve had a TIA.

Feeling confused and upset is normal, it’s a big thing to deal with and it definitely messes with your emotions.

You’ll find support here and as Lorraine @Loshy suggests speak to your GP to access some counselling as it will help with your emotional well-being and mental health.

Take care

Kasram, it is very normal to feel like this. Whilst a tia is not a full stroke it has a similar emotional impact. Hopefully, you will have the right medication. Changing your lifestyle might help. Especially diet, alcohol intake and exercise. Welcome to our forum.

@kazram sorry to hear about your TIA but welcome to the forum. It is perfectly natural to be feeling emotional and a bit all over the place. It’s a lot to take in. There are lots of friendly people on this forum who will help with support and advice if you need it. Remember be kind to yourself and take the time you need to come to terms with what’s happened. Best wishes

Thank you all for your support

Hi and welcome it’s normal to feel like this confusion brain fog why has this happened things do improve slowly as I say a Snail is faster than me now…!! :snail::snail: the key word is it’s a slow process shaz

thanks for your reply. yeah think it’s brain fog at it’s worst…can’t seem to think about anything “normal” like day to day things.

yes thank you. yeah it doesn’t get any easier, I guess a lot has happened over last few years lost my mam to MND, year later I got bowel cancer but they were able to operate successfully and at the same time they told me I also had Diverticular and now apparently TIA’s. But I know there are people a lot worse than me, so kinda makes me feel that I have no right to complain really if that makes sense

thank you. yeah it is certainly a lot to get your head around. Also at the moment I can’t drive so I am wondering if travelling would be safe, trains buses etc, can I just do what I was doing before all this

Hi @kazram, with regards travelling on public transport, it’s all about how you feel about doing it, I use buses and can drive again (I only had to wait 30 days and was back to driving) though I don’t take the car to work, but that’s more about having no parking facilities in town, so I travel by bus.

If you have no residual after effects (such as memory impairment, balance or mobility issues) following the TIA, ask yourself, can I cope getting on a train/bus, if the answer is yes, go for it, perhaps for your first journey ask a friend to go with you for support to test how easy it is.

If you have residual issues to cope with, think about how you can work around/with them, buses and trains usually have ‘easy access’ facilities, if you’re worried about missing your stop, write something on a piece of paper to show the driver which stop you need to get off (for a bus, on a train there is hopefully onboard staff to assist) saying you have a brain injury and need reminding, you can also get cards for this @Rups posted about them Head injury card

The answer to that is… don’t let fear stop you from living your life, yes you may have to make adjustments to your lifestyle, diet, take medication, rest more often (if fatigue is an issue) but please don’t stop living, keep enjoying yourself and life.

Best wishes


Hi @kazram you’ve had a lot to deal with over the last few years (sorry to hear about your mum) and you can ‘complain’ all you like with us, we’re here to support each other and if you need to get something off your chest and it helps to share, we’ll listen.

Big hugs :hugs:

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Aww thanks :blush:. Yeah it’s just all confusing right now as they thought I was having a stroke as just out of the blue one night went to bed and had strange sensation in my head also slight numb kinda feeling my arm and leg but then after tests done another dr said it’s stress and then they said TIA I’ve had. CT scan was ok but BP cholesterol high. Thankfully had nothing since. Anyway been put on meds Clopidogrel and Avortastatin and told to watch my diet

Thank you nice to know not alone even though feels that way a lot of the time :blush:

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@kazram sounds like you’ve been through plenty & it’s not surprising you’re struggling a bit. Take the time you need to digest what’s happening & above all look after yourself. Best wishes xx

Hi Kazram, you really have been through the mill over the recent past, so don’t be too hard on yourself. The lack of concentration you describe, together with the concern about what plans to make for travelling on public transport, etc, are all perfectly normal. Part of this, for some of us at least, is the fear of it all happening again, especially if we’re on our own or at night. Fear can paralyse and stop us being able to get on with life. As your confidence returns, you will feel more able to return to a greater degree of normality. You are one of the fortunate ones in that your recovery is good. Make the best of it and set yourself little goals to achieve, constantly challenging yourself a little further each day. Be determined.
For me, my faith was, my driving force, my reason for being and, ultimately, the solution to all my fears. With very best wishes and richest blessings for all your tomorrows!

Thanks so much :blush:. As regards exercise and trying to improve things and hopefully prevent having more. Does anyone have any advice regards how much and what best to do…… can you do too much ?? I think at first you panic that anything could set another one off

Thanks so much :blush:. Yeah I guess I have sometimes you just don’t realise it and you think all ok

Thank you :blush:. Yeah I think at first it just knocks you for 6 but yes I have been fortunate and thank god for that. Yeah it does get scary knowing what you can and can’t do and obviously don’t want it to happen again. Glad you’re doing well maybe I should take a leaf out of your book :blush:

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Hi no I don’t have any problems like that thankfully
I kind of get where I forget things and bit heavy head when thinking or trying to concentrate too much but not sure if that’s to do with the TIA or just tiredness from not sleeping well last few weeks