Hi my names Doug im a 60 year old healthy bloke (or so i thought) i had something called a TIA on the 10th of November the discharge sheet said multiple small acute infarcts in the left posterior temporal and occipital lobes which sounds scary just reading that.Although physically i feel ok im struggling with the mental side of things i know it’s early days and obviously worried im going to have another one,im lucky i have a wonderful family around me especially my lovely wife which is a blessing.Just a few hours before the TIA i was playing squash so to say i was in shock is an understatement,id just thought id share my story with you and i know there are a lot more of yous out there worse off than me,take care and good luck everyone thanks Doug.
@Joanne21 hi Doug welcome to our forum and sorry you had your stroke.
There’s lots of experienced and support SS on here.
We have zoom meetings too, if you would like to join as it’s really fun and we exchange advice. Bobbi @Bobbi has organised this for us.
Look forward to chatting kind regards Loraine
Thanks for the swift reply its been reassuring just reading some of the posts on here and you realise your not alone,the emotions im going through is a new experience for me and feel better sharing them with like minded people thanks Doug
@Joanne21 Hi Doug, welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear you’ve had TIAs. It does come as a bit of a shock when you’re fit & healthy. You are in very early days and will no doubt feel very emotional & probably exhausted. The worry about having another is normal & will diminish in time.
Wishing you all the best.
I had a TIA at the end of August and am still ploughing through the emotions that come with it. I don’t think anyone really thinks it’ll happen to them (even in my case where there’s a family history).
I’ve no advice on how to get your head around it but I’m sure some of the lovely people here will be more articulate!
best wishes, Fi
Thanks for the kind words i feel better having been on this forum only today it’s reassuring and its a cliché but you can only take one day at a time Doug
Hi Ann thanks for the kind words i know it will take time i literally am still in shock and i know through time things will calm down thanks Doug
Hi Doug, welcome to our little group, though of course I’m sorry to hear about you having had a TIA.
Fear of having another is normal, well it was for me, hopefully you’ve been prescribed an anti platelet medication that reduces your risk. In time the fear should recede, you’ve had a shock to the system and need a little time to process it all, do all you can to stay healthy, eat well etc.
If your anxiety/fear increases/doesn’t get better, try counselling, it can help.
We’re here if you need a sympathetic ear. It’s wonderful you have a loving family around you.
Cheers mahoney yes im on aspirin and clopidogrel to thin the blood and trying to make some healthier choices whe it comes to food,hopefully this will helpthe recovery process
Shwmae @Joanne21, sorry to hear of the TIA, by multiple small infarcts, would that be several TIAs? I know that the occipital lobe affects vision but I am not very familiar with the posterior temporal lobe. Aye, it is a shock, but I hope this forum can guide you through any concerns you may develop as you recover
Thanks rups for the reply aye all i did was copy what was on the discharge letter its a learning curve i know it was two areas of my brain affecting my left eye and right arm when it happened and aye this forum has helped me already thanks Doug
Hi Doug @Joanne21 and welcome to the forum. TIA or Stroke, they are both physical injuries to the brain and both will cause similar symptoms so should be considered serious. TIA can be a pre warning before a stroke but thankfully yours was identified and you’ve been given medication. Yo should however take caution to no overdo things! Try to keep fit (but not obsessively) and generally look after your body as best you can. If you find you now get fatigue ( which most of us do) then please remember to take it easy. Think of your brain as a battery that now has some cells damaged. It won’t hold as much charge and you may find some previously simple tasks use up more energy than before your TIA so take some time to adjust to the new situation.
Things will start to improve with time but it’s worth remembering we should not do everything at 100 miles an hour.
Good luck with your recovery.
There’s no magic bullet for recovery, persistence and positivity are key players, but also sleep and rest. vs .
Hi Doug, between May and June this year I had around 10 TIAs and 2 small brain bleeds which were only found after getting CT scans, as I was never kept in nor saw a doctor, but later had an MRI …. Yes it is frightening and I wonder every day will this be the day I get another … how do we not worry . It’s difficult and we all understand. But this forum always has someone to help you through things
*thanks for all the kind supportive words it’s definitely helped me in these early days its a week tomorrow since it happened and turned everything upside down so thats a small landmark anyway.Its difficult onthe mental side still as everytime iget a tingle in myhands face im thinking here we go and i know this will take time Doug
Hi Joanne21 so glad you found this web site as soon as you did I had a stroke 6 years ago and was looking for extra support as I have had a few tias after. The tingling and numbness is normal and I still get it from time to time it’s difficult but your not on your own take some rest and time to recover everyone is different and gets better at different rate your doing great
@Sham1 welcome to the forum. Hope you find it as friendly & supportive as I have.
Hi @Sham1 welcome to forum, hope you’re doing well
Hi yes thankyou doing a lot better now x
Hi it’s a bummer but it’s life. I had a full on stroke in 2019 2 days after my 68th birthday, left side face, voice arm & leg. Spark out unable to speak. Fortunately I live near Leeds L G I so my wife got me in within 30 mins. Clot in my brain they, gave me the clot busting drug , I had a further relapse as the clot worked through my brain so I day became a week with high doses of aspirin.
I do have limitations but unless you know me you would not know what they are. I am back in the gym for my full on workouts , we drove to Spain 2 months after my episode although my wife did far more than I. Three years on I am doing great, thankful for our wonderful lives & 15 grandchildren. It’s taken a lot of hard work tears & tribulations but life is wonderful. You just have to work at it & hope & believe.