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Old 09-11-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Stroke or Seizure??

My 85 year old Father had a Transient ischemic attack last year. Three months ago he start having these spells where his arms and legs shake uncontrollably. His arms are basically swinging around and legs are jumping. I had him at the ER with this and they said it was a panic attack. He was getting them maybe once a week. Now this is happening every 2-3 days. These attacks last about 15-20 minutes. He can hear and speak when this is happening and he says it is not affecting his vision. Does anyone have any ideas on what this might be?

 
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My 85 year old Father had a Transient ischemic attack last year. Three months ago he start having these spells where his arms and legs shake uncontrollably. His arms are basically swinging around and legs are jumping. I had him at the ER with this and they said it was a panic attack. He was getting them maybe once a week. Now this is happening every 2-3 days. These attacks last about 15-20 minutes. He can hear and speak when this is happening and he says it is not affecting his vision. Does anyone have any ideas on what this might be?
Hi maineiac,
First I am sorry I didn't get back quicker. I try to write to each post that I can, but especially when I saw no response to you for such a long time, but I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and got home about a week ago from a blood bacteria. But I had a stroke and also have seizures. I am sorry about your dad's condition, but I can say from my experience that he is not having seizures. My seizures are a total blackout and if I am standing when it happens, I fall violently right wherever it happens. My first one, I fell and broke on a glass coffee table (amazingly I wasn't cut!) The other thing is, my first one lasted 8-10 hours. I woke up in the hospital and didn't know why I was there. My second one lasted about 2 hours. If he can hear and speak and see and it lasts 15 minutes I don't think it is a seizure. There is obviously something wrong though. What I would suggest is to do for him what I did. See a nuerologist and get a brain MRI and any other tests. He probably needs some medication. My seizure medication has worked well for me. I want to tell you one other thing that is interesting. You said that his spells started a year after his stroke. Well, my seizures started about a year after my stroke also. Maybe there is some kind of connection there. My neurologist said my seizures where do from my stroke and he called it a ripple that happens to some people. Our brains are continually trying to repair itself and sometimes its synapses will send its messages to the wrong area in the brain and weird things can happen. I wish you and your father the best and if I can help anymore, please ask.
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Re: Stroke or Seizure??

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I am so sorry to hear about what your Dad is now going through. I agree with Tim insist on an MRI and test to find out whats going on. I am 15 months in stroke recover and I have not experienced this. The whole panic attack idea seems to be a strange diagnosis. Im not sure how some of these medical professionals sleep at night when they are so flip with their ideas. Insist on testing for your dad, he deserves that from those doctors.
Good luck let us know how hes doing.
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Re: Stroke or Seizure??

Thank you and I agree. These attacks are getting more frequent. This week he fell down a flight of stairs during one of these 'attacks'. I told the ambulance workers and the er docs about these attacks and they totally ignored me. All they did was stitch up his cuts and sent him on his way. I think they are blowing him off because of his age. I have made a follow up with his regular doc and will demand some testing. I do feel like he is having strokes.

 
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Re: Stroke or Seizure??

Good for you and your right insist on tests. If you ask your doctor for the tests and he/she says no ask WHY what could you possible say no when it is obvious this man need medical attention.
Your job is not an easy one. Its hard being a care giver for someone and having to demand things that should be offered without any reservations. Ages should have nothing to do with it but your right it does. Your doing the right thing and your dad is lucky your there for him. Good luck keep in touch
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