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What causes weakness in left arm, numbness in left leg and double vision?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: Yesterday I experienced a lack of control of my left arm. It felt like it wasn't a part of my body for a few minutes. I also experienced double vision for a few minutes. When we got home, I couldn't feel my left leg and couldn't stand up again for just a few minutes. Today I feel fine. What could have caused this?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Symptoms are suggestive of TIA.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms and based on that, we should exclude a diagnosis of TIA (transient ischemic attack).

In TIA, the blood supply to a part of brain gets reduced for a short while and causes various neurological symptoms. The symptoms recover in less than 24 hours, mostly within a few hours.

It is important to diagnose, as some people may get a major stroke if not treated.

Investigations would require MRI brain with angiogram.

Aspirin tablets should be started.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar
My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in


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What causes weakness in left arm, numbness in left leg and double vision?

Brief Answer: Symptoms are suggestive of TIA. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your symptoms and based on that, we should exclude a diagnosis of TIA (transient ischemic attack). In TIA, the blood supply to a part of brain gets reduced for a short while and causes various neurological symptoms. The symptoms recover in less than 24 hours, mostly within a few hours. It is important to diagnose, as some people may get a major stroke if not treated. Investigations would require MRI brain with angiogram. Aspirin tablets should be started. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in