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Weakness in arm and leg. Had surgery for ear infection. Have paralyzed face, deafness, dizziness. What happened?

I had an extreme weakness in my right arm and leg on Monday and went to the hospital but they told me that I didn t have a stroke . The symptoms went away and haven t come back. I did have surgery for a serious ear infection in July that (the ear infection) left the left side of my face paralyzed (hopefully temporary), my left ear deaf (again hopefully temporary) and dizziness (again hopefully temporary). I did go to the dizzy therapist on Thursday and did well that day. What happened to me?
Asked On : Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

1. The extreme weakness of the right arm and leg could be due to a minor brain stroke- called as TIA (transient ischemic attack). In this condition, the weakness improves completely within 24 hours, mostly within 1 hour. However, there is a higher risk of stroke in future, if not adequately treated.

If you have any risk factors such as diabetes, high BP, and cholesterol, they should be treated.

In addition, you may also require blood thinners such as aspirin.

2. Facial palsy, hearing loss and dizziness are related to ear infection, and they would improve over time.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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