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Benit

Did you ever have an EKG or blood test to see if your heart muscle was damaged?With a TIA you definitely would have had some warning signs and lasting effects from it.Usually it affects the brain which in turn would cause numbness on one side of the body....my young grandson Ben had a stroke when he was 1 month old(he was 3 months premature) and the brain bleed was on the left side so it affected his right side.He has mild cerebral palsy.He's had speech and physical therapy since he was 16 months old and he is 8 yrs. old now.He just had surgery on July 30th for his hamstrings in both legs and they put a metal plate in his right hip.Yeah it was just awful and heartbreaking to see my little guy in so much pain and the muscle spasms were horrible.About 2 weeks after he was pain free and the spasms eased off.He just got the casts off both of his leggs on Sept.9th...he's doing really well now.Hopefully he'll be able to walk better now.He talks better than kids his own age...so funny.

Anyways I will assure you that it is highly unlikely you had a stroke.If your sx are progressive and fluctuate then I wouldn't worry that it was caused by having a stroke,but I'm not a dr...so it's just my opinion.You & I think too much alike though...I've been thinkin' maybe I had a TIA too,but back in June I had an EKG and it was fine.....but that was for heart palpitations.My "new" sx started in mid August.

When did your brain fog start?Did your sx all start around the same time?I am interested in your case very much so.Also the last time you saw a dr. did he think it was mostly anxiety-related?

Do you ever take your pulse to see what your heart rate is?I do...it's about 72 in am when I wake up and then during the day it's 84...if I have a cigarette it goes up anywheres from 88 to 92.I only smoke half pack or less a day.I cut down last January...before that I was smoking a pack and a half a day.Do you smoke also?I don't use alcohol at all...last time I had a drink I was only 18 yrs. old...this is true.

Well just relax and don't worry about whether you had a stroke or not...it is very stressful for everyone when they don't know what their sx are caused by.Not knowing causes stress....for sure.

Peace~Scout
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Did you ever have an EKG or blood test to see if your heart muscle was damaged?
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I had an EKG once in a doctor's office after I was certain there was something wrong with my heart. I was having periods of being unable to tell whether I was warm or cold, palpitations, moments where it felt like my heart was skipping beats for seconds at a time, pain in the left arm, numbness... but it must be noted this was when I was in the throes of addiction, and I wasn't getting good sleep at all. I don't recall what days in particular I was using drugs, just that there was a stretch of days where I was feeling very badly.

So I thought this episode was serious enough that I would go to the doctors anyway, whether I was an addict or not, and just "dodge" questions about substance use. I needed to have my vital signs checked to know for sure. So I went to the doc's in the morning. By then the heart palpitations seemed to have decreased, but I still felt psychotic and I was feeling quite ill.

So I had the EKG and blood pressure checked, that checked out fine except blood pressure was slightly high. Then they had me get my blood drawn to check for Sed rate (the doc explained the Sed rate would pick up something if anything was "really wrong with me"). The Sed rate test came back weeks later, and that was fine.

The doc seemed to think it was an anxiety or panic attack.

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When did your brain fog start?Did your sx all start around the same time?I am interested in your case very much so.Also the last time you saw a dr. did he think it was mostly anxiety-related?

Do you ever take your pulse to see what your heart rate is?I do...it's about 72 in am when I wake up and then during the day it's 84...if I have a cigarette it goes up anywheres from 88 to 92.I only smoke half pack or less a day.I cut down last January...before that I was smoking a pack and a half a day.Do you smoke also?I don't use alcohol at all...last time I had a drink I was only 18 yrs. old...this is true.
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It's a very confusing case. Suffice it to say, I have never smoked, and I don't use drugs or alcohol anymore. I've been sober from booze for 2+ years and haven't used drugs for 6 years.

When i go to the supermarket BP machine, my BP is usually on the low-normal end, while my heart rate is usually in the 80s or 90s. Last time, however, it was about 75.

My brain fog has been around in varying degrees ever since I had the head pressure, and that started about 6 years ago when I was still an addict and in poor health. It does seem that the brain fog has "magnified" itself in the last 2-3 years however.

I really don't think you should ask for too many details about my case, cuz you'll probably end up getting confused... I myself can't keep it all straight!
Dehydration at a "Camp?" Have you ever been exposed to ticks or have had a tick bite? Have you ever developed a red bulls eye rash?

I started off with some of the same symptoms you describe, with the head pressure and fogginess. Once I started on anti-biotics, then many more symptoms appeared....muscle twitches, muscle pain, cramps, chest pain....etc.


It is possible you might have gotten bit and never had the bulls eye rash or have seen a tick on you? 13 people in only 6 houses around me have gotten bitten by a tick and/or have lyme disease. So I knew what the possiblities for the cause were. Be warned that that test for Lyme produce many false negative readings. Do plenty of reading if you are suspicious.





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