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Dear Neurologist, I had a very scary thing happen to me on

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Dear Neurologist, I had a very scary thing happen to me on 10th January. I was speaking with my partner in a cafe just discussing usual things when I wasnt able to name any of the things that I was taking about. I couldn't name a shelf that I was taking about at the time, a bath, sink, a tree or anything I was looking at. I was fighting to get what it was out of my mouth. I tried to laugh it off but was really scared. I drove up the road and when I parked up I still couldn't name anything around me. I knew that I knew what they were but even in my head I couldn't name them. I felt quite sick and had pain in the left side of my face and head. I went home and was cold and just sat quietly. It passed. When I spoke to my sister the next day she made me phone 111 and I was made to go to the Dr's straight away. Within 3 days I was in the hospital having MRI, ECG and bloods etc. They treated me wonderfully. All my tests were good but they said that their diagnosis was a possible TIA. I have Asprin and statins to take and clopidogrel. I havn't been taking the statins only the asprin. I know that alot of people think I am stupid not to do so but I never take pills and feel really upset to do so. Since this is happened I saw a friend who told me that she too had had exactly the same symptoms as me and she too went to the hospital and had all the tests. She eventually saw a neurologist who told her what she had been having was a 'complex migraine'. She has had about 3 of the same experiences in total but with out much pain although like me feels 'spaced out' afterwards. Her mother gets the same but with pain. My mother gets vertigo, my sister bad migraine, my other sister has had headaches going through the menopause. I too am in the perimenopause stage at the age of 51. Do you feel that this is what has happened to me? Also I have had several bad heads in the last couple of years that have ended in me being sick, that I never used to do but really hadn't put it down to a mirgraine, I just thought I was sick. But the pain in my head when this happens is really bad. Sorry this is so long, Please help. Thank you Janis.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.These symptoms are indeed scary.But they did not persist for long.You do not have any residual neurological deficits like loss of speech, facial weakness, arm or leg weakness.Hence your symptoms are indeed related to TIA.TIA related symptoms do not last long and in your case, affected the speech area of the brain briefly.You also should have carotid doppler ultrasound to rule out any significant blockage in these blood vessels.Aspirin, statin, and clopidogrel are appropriately prescribed to you to improve blood flow to the brain.Your family history also puts you at increased risk for TIA.Given that MRI of the brain did not detect anything else, your headaches are also migraine related.Not that concerning.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5th star).Please bookmark my profile for fast, reliable and authentic answers!This is the link to my profile: