Transient Ischemic Attack

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superstella
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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby superstella » Fri Jul 15, 637966 6:43 pm

It has taken me forever to get in to see a specialist which has been very frustrating. My first TIA was 12/13, and I have my first neuro appt. Monday morning! I did get in earlier to see the internal med specialist who was at least able to get my bp under control (finally). It's very frustrating to say the least, but in your case I'd push very hard since you still need to worry not only about yourself but your little one as well.

So sorry you're having to deal with this, and please keep us posted!

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby rachelc » Fri Jul 15, 637966 6:30 am

Thanks for all of your advice. I did get in to see my OB this morning. My bp was 142/100. He did increase my labetalol to 200 mg twice a day. He is also having his staff see if they can get me in to see the peri any sooner. My OB also drew PIH labs today. Urine was ok, although I am starting to swell quite a bit. My hands blew up like a balloon last night and I couldn't get my ring off my finger. Mind you, this was a ring that just a week ago was spinning in circles on my finger because it was too big. The swelling in my hands has come down some but, my feet are fairly swollen considering I am only 17 weeks.

I'd just like to say that I am grateful for all you and your experience. Even though I have been through PE & PIH before, it is still different every time. It is nice to be able to go to a place where I can talk to people that have had similar experiences.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby fiona » Wed Jul 13, 637966 6:17 pm

Rachel,

those appointments feel far too long away to me. Those are horrible spikes you're getting and combined with TIA's make me very nervous. Please pester your peri/OB to get in straight away for a thorough check up.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby lalam17 » Mon Jul 04, 637966 7:01 pm

You should be seen ASAP. If these are indeed TIAs (versus atypical migraines, or something else), then you need treatment. It is not normal to have TIAs in any circumstance, and they should not be so casually dealt with. TIA's are warning signs. I wouln't want to mess around with a potential stroke. You need to be treated by a Neurologist as well as your MFM OB.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby ozierja » Mon Jul 04, 637966 1:15 am

Rachel,

I think if I were in your shoes I'd call the peri's office and ask to be seen ASAP. Or, as you are doing, see if your OB can get you into the Peri's office. I am no doctor but I would not want to mess around with TIAs.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby rachelc » Sun Jul 03, 637966 11:36 pm

Superstella,

How long did it take you to get in to see the specialist? I had another attack last night. My appointment with the peri isn't for another two weeks and my appointment with my OBGYN isn't for about a week and a half. I have a phone call in to my OBGYNs office because I feel that I need to be seen sooner. My blood pressure is not under control at all. I'm running at about 140/90 with spikes as high as 180/110. I am concerned that if I keep having TIAs that this can have an adverse affect on me and the baby.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby superstella » Sun Jul 03, 637966 2:43 pm

I had the same thing in Dec except I was postpartum. My bp was almost the same as yours as a matter of fact! They ran MRI and MRA on me to make sure there was no clot, they did find lesions on my brain. My CT was clean though.

I'm seeing a neurologist and an internal med specialist now, both of whom stress the importance of keeping my bp down. I'm on labetalol for that. They're also testing for underlying disorders that may have triggered the high bp, but I don't have any answers yet.

So sorry you are dealing with this while still pg (or at all for that matter!), it's very scary! Let me know if I can help or if you have more questions about my experience.

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Re : Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby deerhart » Fri Jun 10, 637966 10:16 pm

I have seen TIA's before but not in a pregnant person so I am really not sure how the doc would treat you at all. It can be an indicator that your at risk for a more severe stroke though and if you have enough of them they can cause some lesions on your brain.

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Transient Ischemic Attack

Postby rachelc » Fri Jun 10, 637966 6:35 pm

I am 16 weeks pregnant and have been dealing with hypertension in this pregnancy since very early on (about 10 weeks pregnant). I went to the ER on Saturday night with high blood pressure 184/115 and numbness in my right arm. After being in the ER for a while and having a bunch of tests, EKG, CT scan, blood & urine tests, my bp came back down and the arm problem disappeared. All of my tests came back ok so I was sent home. My doctor thinks that I had a TIA due to the high blood pressure. Has anyone else had this happen? I am interested to know what your experience was and how your doctor treated you.
Thanks!


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