I promised a follow-up post on my experience of having an episode of Transient Global Amnesia.
Thank you to all those people who commented on the post and to the other twelve who sent me personal emails.
One of my readers also told me of a support group on Facebook so of course I asked to join. Some of what I learned is used below. If you have had a TGA and wish to join, I can send you the link. Just let me know.
AFTER MY TRANSIENT GLOBAL AMNESIA EPISODE
Nearly two weeks after my episode, I had a brain MRI in Beaumont Hospital.
The consultant Dr. Linda Brewer got in touch with me by phone to tell me that nothing of any concern had shown up on the scan. She was satisfied that her original diagnosis was correct. I realise I was fortunate that she had prior experience of TGA and knew a lot about the phenomenon.
So I feel I need to give the lovely consultant a shout-out here. Her main area of expertise is geriatric medicine incuding stroke and I certainly would have no problem returning to her in the future. My only concern was that I felt too young to be termed geriatric!
Some of those people who got in touch with me had to spend several days in hospital and some had to have lumbar punctures which I believe are incredibly painful. Most of their doctors had never heard of Transient Global Amnesia.
I was tired for a few weeks after the event and I had insomnia for a few nights. I do on occasion have difficulty finding the right word, but not sure if that is just an age-related complaint or a direct result of my TGA!
WHAT I LEARNED
TGAs are more common than I realised. The response to my post was overwhelming.
Many of those who got in touch realised that they had episodes of TGAs that were never diagnosed. But on the other hand, I had never heard of it before it happened to me. So not that common, I guess.
I did write about the these before but I want to add more possible triggers to the original list:
- Anxiety/Stress (this can be on-going or continuous stress or a stressful happening)
- Over-exertion as in extreme exercise such as a spinning class
- Sexual intercourse
- Extremes of hot and cold (I know of several people who had one following a sea swim)
- Holding your breath/Valsalva manoeuvre
There is no doubt that it is a frightening experience. I have put it behind me now and quite honestly I hardly think of it. I was told it might never happen again. However, there seem to be many, many people in the FB group who have experienced more than one. Several of them are aware that it has happened before.
There is very little research into Transient Global Amnesia, probably because it is not life threatening. I consider myself fortunate that it was a TGA not a stoke that I had at the end of February.
In other news I have had my first AstraZeneca vaccine last Thursday morning. I had no major side-effects. I felt tired all day and was cold, but that could be the result of a sleepless night. My back and pelvis have been giving me problems and the nights are the worst with a niggling ache in the groin and knee.
I was out for a coffee with my daughter the following day and felt great.
I must say I am looking forward to a more normal life in the coming months and I cannot wait to go into some boutiques and department stores again. My friends and I are already planning some outdoor dining and Graham and I are hoping to get away for a night or two when the hotels open in June.
Of course we still need to be careful.
Stay safe and healthy my friends.