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Posted by DJ on August 22, 2003 at 12:04:22:

In Reply to: TIA posted by doug wang on August 22, 2003 at 09:25:30:

Hey Doug,

Of course I've seen your posts...

"I'm the man to ask" huh? Well, I don't think I qualify to be the man to ask... but... I can tell you what I went through with my surgeries.

First of all, we had different surgeries. I had the STA-MCA which provides an instantaneous new blood flow around the blockage and you had the EDAS, which generally takes a little longer to manifest itself (from what I've read, usually 6 months to a year).

With that being said, I still had several small TIA's after both of my surgeries. After my first surgery, I had several spread out over about 8 months. After my second, I had a few up until April 29th (my last one).

I didn't have any more permanent damage from any of them, just the usual tingling/numbing. They only lasted 15-30 minutes each, but they were still scary. I don't take any "blood thinners" such as Dilantin, just 325mg of aspirin a day.

I would think you shouldn't be worried as long as the TIA's are few and far between. If you start having them more frequently, I would definitely touch base with Dr. Martin! I sent Dr. Steinberg an email every time I had one just to get his opinion on what was happening. He was very good at getting back to me to reassure me everything was ok.

Bottom line is this... Keep track of how often you're having the TIA's. I wrote them down on the colander next to my computer every time I had one so I could keep a log. If they start more often, talk to your Dr. and see what he thinks about it.

Sound like a plan? Hope this helps!


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