Migraines versus TIAs

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   Posted 12/13/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone - I've been on HW on another forum (Prostate Cancer) but have now found this topic as well.
 
I'd like to suggest that a disease and conditions section for strokes and TIAs be set up as well.
 
I am 65, 6'1" (185cms) tall and 108 kilos (ie about 15 kilos overweight) and working fulltime. 
 
Several years ago (2005) I had 9 incidents of what have been diagnosed by my GP and a Prof in Neuro-Opthalmology as TIAs.  These occured in 3 groups of 3 incidents over a 2 year period.  In all of these I would have a rapid onset, no pain, no dizziness, no paralysis but always just visual disturbance.
 
In most of the incidents I had difficulty getting the 2 visual fields together (double vision) and I could close each eye and the symptoms would remain indicating a difficulty in occipital or top of brain stem region (I think).  In 2 of the incidents I had a c-shaped crescent which was thickish and the inner part of the line would flash like light going through a prism.  The former 7 incidents were often over in 30-60 seconds with no residual symptoms or headaches;  the other 2 episodes would last longer - more like 10 or so minutes.
 
I've had MRIs, blood tests, Doppler, ECG, EEG etc which have not shown any damage or explanation.
 
The diagnosis was TIA rather than migraine but it seems not conclusive.
 
I started treatment on Aspirin but was quickly moved up to Asasantin for thinning the blood and Vytorin for keeping my cholesterol below 4.0 (it was only around 5.5 anyway).  All good for 5 years.
 
Last week I had another incident which lasted about 10 minutes and no after effects.  I was a little unsteady (slight dizziness) then had difficulty getting the visual fields together (diplopia or double vision) and rapidly repeating left to right fields (nystagmus).  Fine afterwards, no pain during or later. 4 days later I had MRI, full bloods and ECG - all good to very good.  Referral back to specialist in January.  No change in medication.
 
Further research via Dr Google suggests the diagnosis of TIA is more likely - rapid onset, initial onset in later rather than early age - but the doubt lingers that these might be migraine aura or something similar - I don't tend to have headaches ever (I mean outside or indeed within these incidents).
 
Happy for any comments or opinions - and maybe inclusion in a stroke/TIA forum.
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