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I have a history of high blood pressure. 2 nights ago all of a sudden I had a really bad headache.  I took 2 regular (325 mg) aspirin to help and had my daughter check my blood pressure; it read 170/130. I laid down and started getting this prickly/tingly feelings in the back of my head, neck, and down my right arm.  I had slight chest pain and then a shortness of breath. I sat up immediately and began choking gasping for air.  I felt really dizzy and didn't want to stand up. I waited a few minutes and when I went to stand was a little off balanced.  Since then the right side of the back of my neck, right arm has been sore and a little stiff.  I also have a small amount of pressure behind my right eye and right side of the back of my head.  When I lay down there is slight discomfort in my right ear but I lay on my left side. It hurts to use my right hand/arm because of the soreness. Is it possible that without me realizing it that I may have had a mini stroke and not know it or am I over reacting? Since then my blood pressure has been 150/90.  
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This could be any number of things or a bunch of little things at the same time but it does sound like at the very least it's causing you distress. I would get this checked out by a doctor as soon as you can, maybe take a trip up to the ER. It's better not to mess around when dealing with the head and if these symptoms aren't going away it could mean somethings wrong. I'm not a doctor so I'm just telling you what I would do in this situation but like I said it's best not to wait too long when dealing with head pains.

If it turns out to be nothing then at least you know not to worry and if it's something more serious then you made the right choice.

Win-win situation.
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Being that you have a history of HTN (high blood pressure), you are definitely at high risk for a TIA/Stroke.  You could have possibly have had a TIA/Stroke.    

Secondly, with a blood pressure that elevated and symptoms, please go immediately to the ER; don't try to treat yourself at home; bad idea.  
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I went to the hospital and will be starting occupational therapy for my arm. I still get headaches and the pain is still there. I'm not sure what happened but I did not have a full stroke but could have had a TIA.
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Sounds like you had a TIA with a residual effect unfortunately.  My father had the same thing happen to him.  

All the best with OT.  
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