I’m a 48 year old woman and was diagnosed with a TIA on August 2. I have spent hours researching anything I can about TIAs.
It was a normal morning and I was heading outside to do yard work. I sat down to put on my shoes and I suddenly knew I was not feeling ‘right’. My left side experienced weakness and a strange numbness from my jaw to my leg. My arm was the most affected. I was confused in the sense that I just didn’t know what I was experiencing. I spent hours in the emergency department and had a CT scan, MRI, bloodwork, etc. and all appeared normal.
I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor and she is adamant that she doesn’t think I had a TIA, but didn’t really offer any other suggestions. (The ER doctors went through a long list of questions to diagnose me.) She feels I’m too young. She gave me a referral to a neurologist, but here in the United States it could be a very long wait. I will likely not have an appointment for several months.
I awoke at 3:30 this morning to the same symptoms of left side weakness and numbness. It’s been about 11 hours and my arm is almost back to normal. I’m still waiting for my doctor to return my call.
I have a strong family history of stroke. I don’t smoke/vape, I don’t drink much alcohol. My blood pressure and cholesterol have always been in normal range. I don’t have other illnesses such as diabetes. I take a low dose of estrogen for perimenopause symptoms. I know I need to lower my weight and I have made dramatic dietary and exercise changes in the past 2 weeks.
I’m left doubting myself and my symptoms. I have been worrying: I am a mother and want to be here for my child. I feel lost. I am a teacher and I will return to work very soon; I’m concerned about the stress.
Thank you for listening and any advice you can offer. This seems like a very supportive group!