TIA/mini stroke at 14? PLEASE HELP.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear people,

10 years ago, at the age of 14, I had the wierdest symptoms, frightening enough that to this day I have flashbacks about it every week at least once.

I was watching TV with my mum, and suddenly my mouth went COMPLETELY dry. I went to the kitchen, had some water, but it was of no use, it was like sandpaper! Two minutes later a sudden, intense burning/pressure pain errupted in the front of my head (like BOOM!)...so bad I thought I was dying. After sitting up it alleviated in about 2 minutes, but left a bizarre symptom: My short term memory recall was 70% gone! Literally, you could ask me a question and I would completely forget 3 seconds later it was ever asked. I just went to bed early that night, thinking it was probably a weird infection/food poisoning, given that the awful pain lasted only 2 minutes. The next day my memory was still affected, but it gradually corrected itself within 2 days.

I have always wandered what caused this. Recently, I have had a echocardiogram (for Marfan Syndrome investigation) performed and it detected a 'small' PFO; I have read that this, logically, can increase stroke risk in young individuals, and given that I was so young my stroke risk might be higher at a later point.

My question is therefore: Do my symptoms resemble a TIA/mini stroke (dry mouth/memory)? And if they do, would people recommend I follow this up with my GP in view to investigating this further for repair?

I would be ever so grateful for any input, really need advice on this. 


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   Posted 11/22/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Koto, Hello and welcome to HealingWell,

The signs and symptoms of TIA are the same as for a stroke, but they last for a shorter period — several minutes to 24 hours — and then disappear, without leaving apparent permanent effects. You may have more than one TIA, and the recurrent signs and symptoms may be similar or different.
A TIA may indicate that you're at risk of a full-blown stroke. People who have had a TIA are much more likely to have a stroke than are those who haven't had a TIA.

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke or TIA, get medical help right away. A TIA may seem like a passing event. But it's an important warning sign — and a chance to take steps that may prevent a stroke.

I did not see that you saw a physcian 10 years ago so I do not know if the Doctor can tell you if you actually had a TIA or some other problem going on.

Certainly if you have these sx again follow up immediately with a physician.

Stroke Symptoms:

Trouble with walking. If you're having a stroke, you may stumble or have sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
Trouble with speaking. If you're having a stroke, you may slur your speech or may not be able to come up with words to explain what is happening (aphasia). Try to repeat a simple sentence. If you can't, you may be having a stroke.
Paralysis or numbness on one side of the body. If you're having a stroke, you may have sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke.
Trouble with seeing. If you're having a stroke, you may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision or may see double.
Headache. A sudden, severe "bolt out of the blue" headache or an unusual headache, which may be accompanied by a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between your eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness, sometimes indicates you're having a stroke.

I wish you peace and please do stick with us.

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