I can't remember if I put this followup question on here so if I had I apologize.
So a month or so ago I had what I believe may have been a TIA. My father had a small stroke in his early 40s. I am only 34.
My doctor says I could not have had a TIA because the leg that became weak would have collapsed all the way. He says only having weakness in that leg, without a complete collapse, is not how a TIA/ stroke behaves. Really? I feel that may not be accurate. I believe my leg did not collapse all the way because the TIA had passed and my leg did not have the chance to collapse all the way. The event was very fast.
Here is my story:
I was standing in a shop, standing squarely, facing forward. Feet firmly planted. I had not just gotten up or anything that would cause dizziness. I had been looking at an object for a few minutes.
Suddenly (and it all happened in about 30 seconds) my left leg started side stepping repeatedly, sort of staggering, making my stance wider and wider. In those few seconds my brain literally thought "why is my left leg stepping out to the side without me telling it to?". Then I realized what was happening. It wasn't "stepping" out. It was staggering, trying to hold me up but failing. Then, I was sinking down into my left side. There was nothing I could do but slowly sink down, the trunk of my body folding down over my left leg. My hands never reached forward to hold me up. They did nothing. There was a table right in front of me. When a normal person falls, their hands will hold onto something in front of them as they are collapsing to prevent the fall. All the while I was just a passenger in this event. I could do NOTHING to prevent what was happening.
A lady was walking past me and I felt embarrassed almost bumping her. It was as if that side couldn't hold me up. I never fully collapsed though. My body stopped collapsing once it was parallel to the floor. Then I stood back up slowly and it was gone.
I didn't feel like I was going to pass out. It was completely different. There was no darkness closing in around me. I've had that feeling once as a child. It was not this. It was like I didn't have command over my body for a moment and it was weak.
And when I say weak, this is an assumption. My body was giving me NO feedback at all. For example, A year ago I tried an adult gymnastics class (I know- lol!). After doing 20 or 30 cartwheels my arms started shaking and I could *feel* they were weak and would literally fold under me as I did more cartwheels. I told the coach I could no longer keep going as my muscles were tired and fatigued. This was not that. There was no feeling of fatigue or weakness that way. As I slumped down to that one side I got no information from my body which scared me. No pins and needles. No messages of fatigue or numbness, no messages of weakness. I was only confused why I had slumped to the side without my body giving me information as to why. It was scary. Just my leg failing and my body slumping.
Afterwards I was very tired and light headed. I cannot say for certain if this was actually from that event, or just being shaken up from that event. I walked around the store and tried to call my husband. I was very shaken up. I eventually composed myself and walked back to my car. Drove home (3 minutes away). I went inside. Sat down. When I got up my legs felt heavier a little for the next 20 minutes or so.
4 hours later I decided to go into the hospital and get checked. When the dr. gave me normal routine exam, touch his fingers my nose etc I passed perfectly (no wonder there, the TIA had passed). They ruled out a stroke (only with blood test and ECG/ also very simple neurological test give: touch your finger to nose, push again my hands/ pull my hands. So really they didn't rule it out at all) and the doctor was very adamant that it could be MS and said I would need to get a follow up with a neurologist.
A week later I went to my neurologist. He said MS symptoms would last longer. He did not examine me at all and dismissed me. He said it was just a virus or something we will never know. Then he said, if you had weakness if you leg like that, I could have never paused for a moment parallel to the floor like that. I would have collapsed all the way. To stop st that position requires strength he said. I'm not sure I completely buy this though. I've heard of many people having weakness for varying amounts of time. Can't weakness be in varrying degrees? Does my leg, not completely collapsing all the way, holding me parallel to the floor, disqualify me somehow from having had a TIA?
I asked to be sent in for an MRI anyway. So he ordered an MRI of my brain and neck. Both results showed nothing: clear.
Any people with similar experiences of weakness that still allowed them to have some strength would be so appreciated. I feel a TIA is being ruled out on that premise alone and I'm not sure that is proper.
I'm thinking of going for a second opinion. I want to make sure that I get all tests done etc, like echocardiogram (atrial fibrillation runs in my family), in case something did cause a TIA and I could be warming up to a stroke.
Thanks for reading.
*****SEE UPDATE in this post******