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Posted by Denise
on August 23, 2000 at 17:16:29:
I am 31 years old. About three weeks ago I had a very scary spell on the way home from the lake where my family and I were boating. I was feeling normal then as I was talking, I started to lose ability to connect words with my thoughts. If you had told me that the thing that you turn to open a door was a door knob, it may as well have been in a foreign language I'd never heard before. My husband told me to recline back in my seat and relax--maybe I was experiencing a sugar low. I focused mainly on my breathing as I found that I was begining to hyperventilate. As I was doing this, my hands became very heavy and numb and above my wrists half-way to my elbows. Then the right side of my face began to go numb which carried to my tongue and throat opening. I was speaking slurred and having difficulty swallowing and taking in air. All of this lasted for about 30 minutes. Instead of going to an ER immediately, I just wanted to go home and go to bed. By the time we arrived home, the episode was over except for some weakness. The next day my husband convinced me to go to a doctor. Four different blood tests and a CT scan were ordered--all normal. I've seen a neurologist. He has ordered more tests, including an MRI Scan, that I haven't decided to do. He said that my problem may have simply been from a migraine. I told him my head wasn't hurting but he said that migraines do not have to be associated with pain. As a precaution, I am taking aspirin every day. My question is for someone who has gone through this that can tell me what to expect beyond a CT Scan. All of the doctors I have seen have said that I am too young for a TIA but it is obvious from looking at this board that it can happen to anyone at any age.
Thought I might add that over the last couple of years I have experienced occasional numbness on the right side of my head and the inner side of my right wrist that only lasts for 10 to 20 seconds. Tightness and numb feeling on right side of head is happening more often than before--almost daily. The Neuro said that there was no way to tell if this is related without the other symptoms present. I have also been struggling more and more with memory loss over the years.
Thank you for your input.
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