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18 Aug 2010

Diagnosis - numbness after collapse
My mom collapsed on a bus trip from KZN to Gauteng a week ago. Within two hours we took her to a casualty who admitted with a suspected mild stroke. During her hospital stay, she was subjected to an ECG, EEG, MRI and various blood tests. All tests were normal except the test for the thyroid (according to the doctor, elevated levels from brain to thyroid however thyroid function itself within normal levels).

Doctors could thus find nothing wrong although she has had this problem twice before (over a ten year period). After the collapse, she feels numbness on her left hand side and she feels very weak. What could this be or is there another specialist that we should consult? She has already seen a specialist physician and a neurologist.

Thanks and kind regards

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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Lynette
What exactly happens when she collapses - is she unconscious or does she "fit" or does she just become confused? Does the numbness go away after a while and is it the same area every time? If she says she feels weak - does she mean light headed or does her muscles not work properly or does she feel very tired?
Dr Bets
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