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   Posted 12/31/2006 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leenie...isnt' that crazy how you see so many neurologists when finally one thinks to send you to a cardiologist. So I wanted to ask if you don't mind.....what type of symptoms was the PFO causing for you. Anything with your vision. Also, what size was your hole....and have you had it closed.....and if it was closed, did the symptoms go away?  Sorry for all of the questions.
Your story sounds just like mine, I was seen by many neurologist when one at Mass General Hospital finally thought that it was my heart causing all of the problems....come to find out I have a PFO.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/31/2006 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy New Year Neurogirl.

My symptoms were: vision blurring / fuzziness / auras around things; numbness / paralysis / weakness of arm/s and sometimes legs; facial paralysis, usually on one side; tingling tongue; slurred speech; sometimes a headache / migraine but not always; sometimes nausea but usually caused by the tablets I would take at the onset of symptoms.

The hole was across and 1.5cm deep between the two atria.

I had the PFO closed on Dec 15th. The hole was discovered in July 06 and I was told to stop my contraceptive pills, and I started aspirin 100mg once daily. I was having my "turns" every few days and as soon as I started the aspirin they stopped!! I had one "turn" between July and the closure, which prompted the doctors to put me on Plavix 75mg once daily. I have had the closure device for 3 wks and feel great.

I have many health problems, which started when I was three, and now the doctors think that half of them were caused by the hole all along. One of my specialists of 12 years shook his head and couldn't believe we hadn't picked up on the PFO earlier. Live and learn I guess.
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