I'm not sure that I am I in the right place as looking at some of the threads, so many of you have suffered way more than I have, but I am new here and need to know if what I am experiencing is normal. I would phone a helpline, but I have a tendency to just burst into tears at the moment, so maybe this is a better medium for me.
I suffered a TIA last Tuesday following a cerebral angiogram to check the integrity of the coils I have in my head following a Sub Arachnoid Haemorrhage in 2001. Just a normal procedure, but with a risk of stroke and although it wasn't a full on stroke like some, it was still a TIA.
I am a week on now and still have some aching in my left arm (worse at night and first thing in the morning) and mild tingling in my fingers. When I get up in the morning I am feel quite dizzy and still tired. I came away from hospital with Clopidogrel and Atorvastatin and am awaiting an appointment with the stroke clinic. My Neurosurgeon has phoned me three times to check on my progress since last Tuesday and he is happy that when the tablets finally start to take effect that I will be fine and have no further TIAs - but despite that, I think it is fair to say I'm scared.
Is this aching and tingling still normal after a week? I am also very emotional - is this common? I am also mildly depressed - is this common also? Also just so tired all the time. I am not sleeping particularly well as I need to get up a couple of times in the night for the loo and when I do fall asleep I have the most vivid dreams - could this be the tablets. I woke in the early hours with a start as the dream was so real I felt I was having a panic attack. Even when I woke I could not get it out of my head and it took me ages to drop off again, but this morning I can't remember what it was about. This morning my heart was racing and I felt a little dizzy, but that has passed now.
I have been told that I will have to wear a heart monitor for 5 days when I get my stroke clinic appointment and I'm OK with that. Anything to get to the bottom of this.
I have already made some changes to my diet to help myself along with the tablets, but is there anything else I should be doing? At the moment I am wary of going out in case I suddenly come over very tired and need to rest, but I'm aware that I need more exercise. Feel like I'm in a catch 22 situation at the moment.
Has anyone else had these "residual" symptoms after a TIA?