I had a TIA on Friday

Hi I am a 56 year old who walks regularly and other than being a little bit overweight (BMI 28) considers myself healthy. I too have had migraines with aura since a child and 3 weeks ago had a TIA with numb R arm and jumbled speech. I was started on 80mgs statin, aspirin and clopidogrel.
Since my TIA I have been having bouts of fatigue and having times where I feel emotionally overwhelmed - crying, without knowing why!
I’m off work and keen to go back but having doubts about these bouts of fatigue and emotion.
Just wondered if anyone else here experienced similar and how long it lasted for?


Hello @Andi.A & welcome

All that you describe is very common. As is the desire to get back to work. Many people’s reality is the work is months or years away. You say a TIA in which case your symptoms should be temporary and maybe the fatigue will be too :slight_smile: fingers crossed for you!

You should rest whenever you feel the need. The healing of the brain takes a lot of energy and it has first call.

The fatigue can be brought on by lights, noise people, multitasking, screens EG TV & phone and just about anything else

Learning to manage it takes a while but most of us do most of the time. Some of the stuff that we often repeat is in the Welcome post

Reading the many threads on here is your best way of finding out about the new reality - that can be directed purposely by using the magnifying glass above to search for topics that are relevant to you

Very likely others will be alone to say hello and give you other perspectives


Thanks for your welcome and taking the time to reply :slight_smile:

You’re right about the things that seem to trigger the bouts of fatigue. Lights, noise etc

Will try and listen rather than fighting it

What a great place this forum is


Welcome to the forum @Andi.A, you are certainly in the right place for assurances. Chances are, like me, your fatigue will reduce to bouts when you’ve over things but only time will tell. Certainly for the coming months your brain is working hard to heal itself and fatigue is its friends. It’s making you rest when it needs it and that will be frequently.

And yes, your emotions are going to be all over the place, you’re naturally in shock, the worry and stress of having a stroke and any major trauma can make you over emotional in just the same way. We have experienced that in the beginning; and some of it will be from the disruption in your brain. If it doesn’t settle down in the coming weeks/couple months then you might need to address it with either your stroke doctor or gp, but until then I wouldn’t worry about, just go with the flow. After all crying is a release of pressure, your brain will thank you :wink:

You are in the very early days of post stroke, they say the first 6mths to is the most crucial time of recovery stroke/TIA so just concentrate on taking care of yourself and resting as much as your fatigue demands.


@Andi.A hi & welcome to the community. It is difficult to say how long the fatigue will last as it varies so much but resting in the early days is a must I would say.

I had a TIA just begore Christmas & the fatigue I got from that was awful. I’d had a stroke 2 years earlier & still had fatigue so think it compounded it. The difference this time though was Ibwas back at work. I continued at work after the TIA but eventually had to concede & take time out. My advice is not to rush back if you don’t have to.

Best wishes

Ann x


Hi, sorry to hear you’ve had a brain incident. It sounds as if the docs are covering all the bases and that statins may not be something you have to have ongoing. I have familial disaster cholesterol so I need to medicinally treat it to avoid any more strokes or heart attacks. What has come to light following my stroke and subsequent cardio checks and MRI scan is that my stroke was typical of a PFO related Cardio Vascular Accident which I am getting fixed by one of the top guys in July! Very lucky. It also seems that migraine with aura can be an indicator for PFO. A PFO, a previous contributor rightly said, affects 1 in 4 of the human population but does not cause problems for everyone. I have been looked after brilliantly by the NHS, I have to say.
Hopefully you’ll be tested for a PFO via a bubble echocardiogram, painless and effective. Good luck, stay positive!
As several medics have said to me, the medicines are putting you in a better position than you were before which is good and positive!


Isn’t it just? everyone has been incredibly supportive towards me most undeserved I have offered nothing (yet maybe) in return.
Take care @Andi.A I understand how you feel ((()))
Toni x


Actually that’s not true at all. Everyone who comes on here give something of themselves, make a contribution! Just by posting your story, issues/trials/success your post garners replies, and all those replies help others as well as the original poster such as your good self :blush: So never believe you are undeserving or not contributing here because that just isn’t true :people_hugging:

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Thank you @EmeraldEyes that is so kind and you are probably right I have read so many of other people’s stories, old threads etc and they ahve helped me.
Yes I’ll take that thank you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
Toni x

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@Mabel1 I agree with @EmeraldEyes that just by sharing your story you are helping others and I’m sure there will be many future opportunities for you to help others too. Xx


Thank you @Mrs5K :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
I will definitely do my best to ‘pay back’ the kindness I have received.
Toni x