Originally Posted by maineiac
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?
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.