Aa
A
A
A
Close
Stroke Community
3.23k Members
Avatar universal

Possible TIA misdiagnosis?

Hi I was wondering if the misdiagnosis of a TIA/Mini Stroke is possible. Recently I was at my friends house for a social gathering and I experienced what I thought at the time was a mini stroke. Symptoms appeared out of nowhere and included drooping of facial muscles on left side of face, slurring and difficulty forming sentences, chest pain, visual hallucinations (including but not limited to room breathing i.e lights getting brighter and dimmer), as well as numbness of my limbs and face and trouble standing/dizziness. When i arrived at the ER, the symptoms had subsided, and all the nurses could find was atrial fibrillation and they just gave me a vallium after performing and ECG and sent me home...   To this day I still have no feeling whatsoever in my big toe on my left foot... Doctors now do not believe I had a mini stroke as it was never recorded at the hospital..... Is it possible these symptoms were from something else or was it probably a misdiagnosis due to me being a young male (22 years old).

Thanks
1 Responses
15695260 tn?1549593113
Hello and welcome to MedHelp's forums. Thank you for your question. This sounds like a scary episode and we're glad you sought medical care.  Remember that while emergency rooms are the appropriate choice for an acute situation like stroke symptoms, that you then should follow up with your primary care doctor or a neurologist after.  We recommend you see a pcp or neurologist now which it does sound like you've had some follow up to discuss lack of feeling in your toe.   Here is some general information on TIA's. https://www.webmd.com/stroke/what-is-tia#1

How exactly did they diagnose you with a TIA?  Normally this is done with a CT or MRI of the brain and carotid artery.

With regards to a transient ischemic attack, the odds are on your side in that it usually occurs to individuals 55 or older in age.  You are quite young for TCA's.  That doesn't mean it can happen but your doctors are not suggesting it didn't?  

There are conditions that can mimic TIA and they include low blood sugar, migraine or partial seizure.  Stress and panic attacks as well.  https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p521.html

I'd consider seeing a neurologist if you haven't already to help determine if you had a situation that mimics TIA.  Please let us know how this goes!
1 Comments
Hello!  I wanted to come back and see if you have any updates to share with us and see how you are doing.
Have an Answer?
Top Neurology Answerers
1780921 tn?1499301793
Queen Creek, AZ
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
In this special Missouri Medicine report, doctors examine advances in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating and costly neurodegenerative disease.
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.
Discover some of the causes of dizziness and how to treat it.
Discover the common causes of headaches and how to treat headache pain.
Two of the largest studies on Alzheimer’s have yielded new clues about the disease