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Posted by: Lynette | 2010/08/18

Diagnosis - numbness after collapse

My mom collapsed on a bus trip from KZN to Gauteng a week ago. Within two hours we took her to a casualty who admitted with a suspected mild stroke. During her hospital stay, she was subjected to an ECG, EEG, MRI and various blood tests. All tests were normal except the test for the thyroid (according to the doctor, elevated levels from brain to thyroid however thyroid function itself within normal levels).

Doctors could thus find nothing wrong although she has had this problem twice before (over a ten year period). After the collapse, she feels numbness on her left hand side and she feels very weak. What could this be or is there another specialist that we should consult? She has already seen a specialist physician and a neurologist.

Thanks and kind regards

Lynette

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Hallo Lynette
What exactly happens when she collapses - is she unconscious or does she "fit" or does she just become confused? Does the numbness go away after a while and is it the same area every time? If she says she feels weak - does she mean light headed or does her muscles not work properly or does she feel very tired?
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Lynette | 2010/08/19

Thanks Dr Bets. They are treating her for TIA. The doctors have done the sonar of the carotid arteries and all appear normal.

How dangerous is TIA and what precautions, if any, can be taken to try and prevent the " attacks"  in future.

Lynette

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Posted by: CD again | 2010/08/18

Hi Lynette
She may be getting TIA''s ( Transient ischemic attacks) - a spasm of an artery cutting off blood flow to a certain area of the brain for a while, and then recovering. It seems as if they did all the necessary tests to exclude brain tumors, heart arrythmias (which can " shoot"  small clots to the brain) and full blown stroke. Her blood pressure should be controlled and her cholesterol levels checked and kept below 5. If not already done, one should also look at her blood sugar levels. It may help if she uses 1/2 a disprin per day if she is not on a blood thinning medication already. If not yet done, one should maybe also do a sonar of the carotid arteries to see if they are open and if there are no cholesterol plaques. They may have done this in hospital already.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Lynette | 2010/08/18

Hello Dr Bets. Thank you for the response.

She does not fit when she experiences these episodes. From what the guys on the bus said, she lost consciousness.

The numbness has still not gone away although she collapsed a week ago. The numbness is on the left hand side everytime.

She says that she feels like she has no energy hence the feeling of weakness.

The last time she collapsed was about three years ago. She lost consciousness this time as well and lost function of her bowel. Previous doctor suspected a mild stroke however she was not tested or treated.

The doctors who treated her this time suspect some type of seizure and have started her on anti-seizure meds (Epilim). What is concerning is that, although she looks and feels a little better since the episode, there has not been a significant improvement. At the time of the problem, her blood pressure was elevated (she suffers from high blood pressure) and she had a very bad headache. The headache has since gotten a lot better.

Your further assistance would be most appreciated.

Kind regards

Lynette

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/08/18

Hallo Lynette
What exactly happens when she collapses - is she unconscious or does she "fit" or does she just become confused? Does the numbness go away after a while and is it the same area every time? If she says she feels weak - does she mean light headed or does her muscles not work properly or does she feel very tired?
Dr Bets

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