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Old 04-14-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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I just got out of the hospital after suffering a few mini strokes. I was released after 3 days and doctors are still confused. I have mini stroke or seizure? as my dx.

They released with with aspirin and a pat on the back.

First day my arm went linp and I went to call for help my mouth would not move and my speech was slurred, it only lasted a minute.

2nd day, I went to yell at my dog for stealing food and my left leg went limp and again my speech slurred. later that day I went to bathroom, got up and leg went limp and I cralwed to hallway asking for help and my I was unable to say a name. The person who saw me said my face was up an angle on one side.

I went to ER and as soon as I got to the door I was unable to walk... very weak. CT scan I felt the left side of my body clench up, slurred speech.

They ran all kinds of tests and found nothing except a hole in my heart, yet said it was too small to cause a stroke.

It's odd because a week before my jaw ans neck were so stiff and in pain they said it was TMJ, then I have these weird episodes.

I have no instructions to see a cardio, just a follow up with my pcp and the neuro in 2 weeks because I have thick blood and they are waiting for results on the numbers.

Does this seem slightly negligent that they didn't do more to find the exact cause?
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:17 PM
 
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Is the hole in your heart diagnosed as a PFO (patent foramen ovale) or something else?
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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Yes a PFO. They said it was small and probably not big enough to cause a clot even though a few bubbles slipped through on the tests they ran. They never did a cartoid ultrasound on my neck which I thought was odd.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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PFOs were always repaired in my experience when working in a hospital. I am not a physician. I would ask for a cardiologist referral and take the records or have them sent.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:54 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Well to be fair, you went to the ER. ER isn't intended to do wide-scale research into a problem. It's to give a quick fix and make recommendations for non-ER care, or process the patient to an inpatient status elsewhere in the hospital, if appropriate.

The emergency room isn't a place to get an exact cause of illness other than "gunshot wound to the head" or "lacerations to the spine," etc. It's surprising though, that they didn't admit you. Did they try to and you rejected it? Or did they not even suggest it?
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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She wasn't in the ER. She was in for 3 days. And she had an echo.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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She wasn't in the ER. She was in for 3 days. And she had an echo.
Ah that was confusing. I saw that she said she was released after 3 days, and on the 2nd day she was yelling at her dog. So I assumed she meant that she experienced 3 days of problems, and didn't go to the ER til the 3rd day - at which point she had the tests and was released, as an outpatient.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well to be fair, you went to the ER. ER isn't intended to do wide-scale research into a problem. It's to give a quick fix and make recommendations for non-ER care, or process the patient to an inpatient status elsewhere in the hospital, if appropriate.

The emergency room isn't a place to get an exact cause of illness other than "gunshot wound to the head" or "lacerations to the spine," etc. It's surprising though, that they didn't admit you. Did they try to and you rejected it? Or did they not even suggest it?
I believe though, if I understand the OP, she/he ended up spending 3 days in the hospital. At that time I would think there were enough tests taken to determine what if any further follow up is needed. Normally, if nothing else a patient is reminded to follow up with their primary care doctor and go from there. OP, I think it goes without saying you should contact your primary care doctor. I know mini strokes, which I am assuming were TSIs can be a nothing serious, but are indicators of what might happen in the future.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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I believe though, if I understand the OP, she/he ended up spending 3 days in the hospital. At that time I would think there were enough tests taken to determine what if any further follow up is needed. Normally, if nothing else a patient is reminded to follow up with their primary care doctor and go from there. OP, I think it goes without saying you should contact your primary care doctor. I know mini strokes, which I am assuming were TSIs can be a nothing serious, but are indicators of what might happen in the future.

Exactly, I am fearful of doing anything right now. I would like to know the cause. I still wake up in the morning and weak on the left side, mostly the leg. I am also very tired.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Having seen my dad go through mini-strokes and major ones, neither of them is anything to ignore. A dr. told me that a cat scan will not show up as a stroke until 2 weeks after the event; mri's give an accurate picture of any damage to the brain. The fact you are still experiencing weakness and fatigue are common signs of a stroke. Get another opinion if you aren't confident of the treatment you are getting. I think everyone inherently knows when something is wrong with their own body.
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