I am a normally fit and well 48 year old.
About 10 days ago I had an episode where I basically lost control of my left hand side and this resulted in me collapsing. All came good fairly quickly and phoned 999. The Paramedic was great and thought I had a TIA. The Paramedic made me an appointment with the TIA Clinic.
I had recently had some blood tests done (for the 'well man check up' at my GP's) these were fine.
I attended the appointment at the TIA clinic. I had an ECG that was fine and my blood pressure was OK. I had a quick chat with the neurologist who said that I had probably had a migraine but to be sure it wasn’t a Stroke he booked me in for an MRI.
The following morning I had a call from the doctor who said that the MRI had showed that I had a stroke and also had an old stroke. He said that the two veins running through my neck were clear and not furred up.
I have been advised to take an aspirin each day and the doctor said he would refer me to the Cardiologist. I am now waiting for the appointment.
To be honest I am really worried that I am going to have another Stroke before I am seen again. Will an Aspirin really stop another more serious stroke from happening? How long do I leave it before I can expect some contact from the cardiologist?
I have been told to stop driving for a month after the stroke. When the month is up can I just start driving again or will I need a letter or something from my GP saying I am fit to drive? Will this be a problem with my car / motorbike insurance?
Sorry to ramble on... any advice would be really appreciated :-)