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Does anyone have any experience of mini strokes? My husband had 3 last year. He had no mobility problems, it was just like his brain switched off for a few hours. He's now on medication and the doc said he's fine...but he's not and the family agrees. Problem is I can never get an appointment when he has a bad day so the doctor never sees him then. This morning he couldn't work out how to put on his trousers. Afterwards he laughed it off as tiredness but things like this happen often. Can mini strokes leave brain damage? Can brain damage come and go? Can strokes lead to some kind of dementia? 

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How terrible. Has he a complete work up? Brain, blood, basically health? The medication he is on, does that have side effects?

 

 

 

I am not implying he has this but to answer your question : https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vascular-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20378793

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I think that your questions can best be answered by a neurologist. If your husband's doc is a neuro, then you need another one who will listen to, and address your concerns. I am suggesting a neurologist because he needs an MRI, I think, and a good neurologist to read the results. You can help by taking notes of when and where these incidents occur,and how long they last.   Best, Becky

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On ‎1‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 8:47 AM, becky1 said:

I think that your questions can best be answered by a neurologist. If your husband's doc is a neuro, then you need another one who will listen to, and address your concerns. I am suggesting a neurologist because he needs an MRI, I think, and a good neurologist to read the results. You can help by taking notes of when and where these incidents occur,and how long they last.   Best, Becky

Becky is absolutely correct. Always, always, always talk to your doctor first 

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On 1/20/2018 at 10:39 AM, ksmith said:

Has he a complete work up? Brain, blood, basically health?

What does this mean?  How do you do this?  What can it tell you?  Say for instance you have no significantly noticeable signs (asking for a friend), and then you get this stuff done.....what could you learn from it?

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On 1/19/2018 at 11:17 PM, Ifc said:

Does anyone have any experience of mini strokes? My husband had 3 last year. He had no mobility problems, it was just like his brain switched off for a few hours. He's now on medication and the doc said he's fine...but he's not and the family agrees. Problem is I can never get an appointment when he has a bad day so the doctor never sees him then. This morning he couldn't work out how to put on his trousers. Afterwards he laughed it off as tiredness but things like this happen often. Can mini strokes leave brain damage? Can brain damage come and go? Can strokes lead to some kind of dementia? 

 

If it were me, I'd suggest getting him checked in the ER when it's happening.   I'd even go so far as getting him there by ambulance; that way they'd see him first.  (No waiting in the waiting room)  

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15 hours ago, JonJ said:

What does this mean?  How do you do this?  What can it tell you?  Say for instance you have no significantly noticeable signs (asking for a friend), and then you get this stuff done.....what could you learn from it?

I would recommend seeing a neurologist firstly. Even if you don't think there is a problem. I know there are some areas when seeing a specialist is a challenge, for distance. You can ask for a blood work up, mainly to check your chemical levels within the body. Some medicines may not  be strong enough or at all. A neurologist /family dr. might be able to run some cognitive tests ( if they have had a history with you, they'll have a base line already) to see if some skills might be off. Because you may not see it doesn't mean it's not evident 

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Interesting. I'm seeing my regular doctor next week I think....so I should ask to see a neurologist.

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IFC

Would you ask your gardener what stocks he suggests you invest in ............. neither would I

Ask your neurologist or at least your family Dr

Good luck 

Ed

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Bring a detailed log,daily diary to next doctor appt and get a neurologist immediately to watch over these changes. He will probably get an MRI to examine the brain and diagnose any strokes or not. It depends where the compromise is in the brain because every stroke has specific individual deficits. 

Be a strong advocate because your power is before the stroke occurrs, so seek medical advice from specialists now rather than later.

Yep, with stroke recovery, every day is different, but look out for tell tale warning signs,go early to hospital and find out what will be signals there is more trouble,or what will be on the list of recovery stuff.

 

And live life. Worry is stress and unproductive. Make appts,keep appt, do my homework exercises, keep my diet on weekdays, and be as spiritual as I can.

A neurologist during the first year of my stroke when I was scared, said to me: Just go live. And I am.

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If they have not done a any decent imaging, they have no idea how much and what damage was done.  In may case, it took about 12 cat scans/MRIs/contrast MRIs over 4 days to find the vertebral dissection and from there find the lesions.

 

One of the joys of Canadian socialized health-care;  there was never a question of whether or not to do the extra scans, they thought it necessary to find the root, so they did whatever was needed.  

 

If necessary, make a scene to get them to do a decent examination.  Jump up and down, scream and shout if necessary.

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