tia (or mini stroke) question

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Registered: 10-16-2003
tia (or mini stroke) question
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Mon, 03-01-2004 - 11:38am
hi -

i've written on this board before, but on coronary matters. My husband (age 45) had a heart attack in December. Now another complication has ocurred. He started having numbness and tingling in his left arm and hand. The doctors say his symptoms match TIA, or mini-strokes, perfectly BUT nothing is showing up on a CAT scan. Cardiac problems have been ruled out.

Has anyone here ever heard of or had slight strokes that didn't show up on a cat scan?

Thanks -

concerned wife Julie

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 04-24-2004 - 3:08pm
My husband is recovering from a fairly mild stroke he had in late January.

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Sun, 04-25-2004 - 11:59pm

Karen,


You are so right about a MRI being a better modality tool for finding fine line stroke and TIA conclusions.

Hugs,

Cecilia

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-29-2004 - 11:17pm
I had a stroke a year ago, my first CAT scan, which was done that night in the ER dept, didnt show my stroke, I had another one done a day later and it showed up. I also had a MRI 3 months later, due to the fogginess I felt I was in during my recovery, it showed I had 3 strokes.

BTW I am only 40 yrs old, I still have some residual effects, my left leg twitches, I drool on my left side of my mouth and typing and holding things in my left hand is difficult.

Hope

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Registered: 04-14-2003
Fri, 04-30-2004 - 12:04am

Hope,


I pray that things turn out for the better for you.

Hugs,

Cecilia

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Registered: 03-21-2004
Fri, 04-30-2004 - 10:46am
I have read that MRI show much more than a Cat Scan. Obviously, that is true from reading your message. Did youhave high blood pressure? I normally had low, but recently was feeling much different & went to the Dr. to find out mine was elevated to 145/95. I have been under a lot of stress,no exercise, gained weight, etc. ..plus in my early 50's. I have read that woman can recover much better from strokes than men, because of our brain working differently.

I wish the very best for you....and hope your recovery is quick. Stay in touch.

Dandelion