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I have had 4 "strokes of unknown origin " with no MRI changes until the most recent when I had some small white spots appear. No reason why
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In the past 2 years, i have had what the doctors are calling "strokes of unknown origin ". There have been no MRI changes until the most recent when some small white spots appeared but the most recent doctor attributed them to age (I just turned 40) even though these didn't exist until this latest event. The events are sudden and start with a tingling sensation and then immediately severe muscle weakness sets in. This is one sided. There has been facial drooping and speech has been slurred. There is no headache. These have all happened in the evening when i am usually at rest. I developed left drop foot with the second one and now have to search for words frequently. Migraines have been ruled out due to permanent physical and cognitive damage. Muscle biopsy was negative for MELAS. i also have churg-Strauss disease, serum negative myasthenia gravis, dystonia, atrophic right kidney, steroid induced glaucoma, high cholesterol, primary hyperthyroidism, numerous fxs from L2 through T10 which have healed. I have a sister with MS who was diagnosed as a child and is total 24 hour care now. I have extensive rheumatoid arthritis in multiple members of my dads side. I take immunosuppressive medication, plavix and baby aspirin, as well as mestinon for the myasthenia, and muscle relaxers for the dystonia. It should also be mentioned that I used to have HTN but since these have started we have had to stop all my bp meds and i have gone hypotensive (80/50) during the events. I now am running low a lot of the time. Neurology believes they may be vascular related but my churg-Strauss is considered in remission at this time. We would like to figure out what is causing these before the next one occurs. They are frightening and i end up in a nursing home after and them have extensive therapy to regain what i lost.