September 23rd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

What are normal symptoms after Transient Global Amnesia?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Lynn Lemmon, Dunedin, Florida

"My husband recently had his second episode of Transient Global Amnesia. All neuro tests are normal, as expected. However, he had ringing in the ears and dizziness for two to three months leading up to this episode and continuing after it. He also has a persistent headache just above the eyes since this incident. Are all of these things related? If so, what can be done about them?"


Thank you for your question, Lynn. I will begin by saying that Transient Global Amnesia is one of those neurological enigmas - an event that has been described in the medical literature for decades, yet little is known about what causes it or how to prevent it. As its name suggests, TGA episode is sudden, transient (temporary) memory loss. It is a rare event. A person might be in the middle of an activity and suddenly their memory stalls.

TGA is not wholesale memory loss:  people retain basics like who they are, but they may not know, for example, what day it is, where they are, or what they were doing only moments before - and their ability to learn anything new is temporarily impaired. TGA episodes tend to be brief, lasting hours, but usually no more than a day. There is an interesting list of events that tend to precede an episode of TGA like exposure to cold water, emotional stress, pain, and sexual intercourse.

TGA is a disconcerting event, especially for those who witness it, because it echoes other neurological disorders, such as stroke or epilepsy, but what defines TGA is that the memory lapse is simply that - there is no vascular or brain damage as a result of the episode.

Although I cannot speak specifically about your husband's case, I can say that some of the symptoms you spell out commonly accompany episodes of TGA. In fact, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, trembling, sweating, visual disturbance, and racing heartbeat are all symptoms associated with TGA. But having those same symptoms (the headache and dizziness, for example) after the TGA episode is uncommon.

So, what can be done? The first step is to ensure that your husband's recent episode was, in fact, TGA. Keep in mind that there are other vascular disorders that mimic TGA and stroke. If the headache, dizziness and ringing in the ears persist, you may want to take another trip to your neurologist, if only for peace of mind.

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  1. Darlene LEE

    I had TGA a little over 4yrs ago and have had short term memory loss ever since. Is there anything I can do to improve my memory?

    November 1, 2016 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. better now

    I experienced MANY episodes of TGA. (I'm now 50. First episode at 30 y.o.)

    At first once per year, then as time progressed, quarterly, then monthly, eventually 4 in one day. 🙁

    Lots of testing, lots of doctors, lots of head scratching.

    Finally, a (great!) neurologist put me on Verapamil ER 120mg (1 per day).

    No episodes in last 4 years !!!

    November 7, 2016 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeanette Jenne

    I had a TGA episode about 10 years ago. The only trigger seemed to be that I was outside on a cold day and remember being tired and cold. The first thing someone noticed was when my granddaughter about 10 years old mentioned to someone else that Grandma was funny; she looked like she was awake but was asleep. I remembered later that I had commented to someone that it was really cold and she kind of agreed it was cool but neither she nor any of the 8 or 10 others around felt cold. They got my husband who noticed I kept saying I was cold so they put me on the couch by the wood stove and piled on blankets. I went to sleep and didn't wake up for nearly 4 hours. Interesting that no one took me to the Dr. or called an ambulance. Three days later I went to my Dr. who sent me to a neurologist. He diagnosed TGA and said apparently the cold triggered it. He told me to not get that cold again. Later I was diagnosed with Raynauds Syndrome so staying warm enough is a constant issue even when the weather is warm. The Dr. said only 1 episode isn't dangerous but if it happened again I would have to be put on medication. I have not had any known after effects from the episode but I concentrate on not getting cold-namely fingers and toes.

    January 6, 2017 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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  5. Stell

    I never heard of anyone having this terrible debilitating event before my husband sufferred one the day after halloween 2015. Exact same repetetive questions from a very anxious man.. my sister was over the night before and we had to drive her home, my husband drove but i had to give directions, roads he had known for over 40 years were alien to him. Got home and he recovered memory by next day but recalled much of events. We hoped it was a one off horrible experience, but out of the blue on sunday he woke with continuous questions, what day is it what year how old am i, so so upsetting. He eventually exhsusted me and himself and dropped to sleep bout 4.30 so this epuside was shorter but he has no recollection of any of the events of that day from 8.30 to waking later. I can sympathise with all the above and the ever present question...will this occur again? Its like landmines that we dont know when the next step will result in amnesia. I work for gp and know that your records can be marked with amnesia or worse possible dimentia, your licence to drive can be taken away. If your livelihood depends on it then its a worry. My husband now feels very worried, seems no cure and the professionals have no idea either. I can only pinpoint my hubbys experience if tga to stress. He had 2 elderly parents to look out for, step dad with altzheimers who died in 2016 and an increasing worry for his mum now. My husband has told me he cant live with the worry he might be out or driving. Should he tell everyone he is out alone with? He is very proud and we have been married many years but he said he would kill himself rather than lose his memory. I am extremely worried. Having TGA is real and looks like theres no real answers to all our questions.

    January 17, 2017 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Persecuted

    These symptoms seem strange, i am being gang stalked, and the outcome is similar, i have only realised things that have been put in place for me over ten years ago, including my medical records being adjusted

    January 28, 2017 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Anne Musgrave

    This happened to me on Dec 20, 2016. I had been talking about how Christmas always made me think about the death of my first husband at the age of 25. This happened in 1962. I have been married to my second husband for more than 50 years. Did an adrenalin surge cause the TGA? If so, what a powerful example of the mind acting on the body. Or rather the mind BEING part of the body,

    February 1, 2017 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Matt

    Had my 1st TGA episode while driving 8 days ago. Stuck my head under shower faucet in tub before my wife noticed I was wobbly in the bathroom. Went to lay down and stated that I thought I was in a dream. Laid down for 10 minutes and felt fine. Got dressed and went outside and shoveled snow for 5 minutes before driving to work. On the way to work drove off the road into the snow covered ditch. Woke up to someone knocking on my window- who had been following me-asking if I was alright. I said "what happened". Had no memory of this incident that had just occurred. Was taken to the hospital for tests. MRI, etc. all negative. Hospitalized for 24 hours+ and released.
    Am scheduling neurological appointments to try to get answers.
    Bizzare- just bizzare!

    February 17, 2017 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlotte Carey

      Hi Matt,
      thank you for sharing your story. My mum has had a TGA two days ago and we are very worried about her. Did you end up getting any useful information from the results of your testing? If so, what was the test?
      Thanks, Charlotte

      July 21, 2018 at 22:52 | Report abuse |
  9. Therese

    I just had my first episode of amnesia two days ago. I'm perfectly healthy, have low-normal blood pressure, take no medications for anything. I signed up for a hike with other people which was scheduled after work. I woke up the next morning after having strange dreams of feeding my chickens and ducks after coming home from the hike, but I feed them in the morning, not at night. They all had a lot of food when I checked them in the morning, so I suspect I fed them a whole lot during the night. I have no memory of a 5 mile hike, slight memory of being at a store and a gas station trying to put gas in my car, I drove myself home but have no memory of doing so. I have a garmin connect and vivofit that show I walked 9.5 miles that day so I know I went on the hike and the group reported I was there. i don't remember driving to the trail head so I went back the following day and recognized the trees there and have a general idea where I parked. I believe I was cold because I remember something about reaching into my pocket to get my keys and relieved I had them and didn't lose them on the hike and that the pocket felt warm to my hand. I drove home and remembered something about noticing bus stops but that was about it, I recognized the bus stops when I retraced the route. My google location shows where I was and the routes I took both leaving work and going to the hike and then stops I made going home.

    My google location accounts for the time it took making it home, apparently I was at a store for about 45 minutes but no purchases seem to be made, and a gas station for almost 30 minutes and no purchases other than gas. I only remember something about trying to put in gas but not the gas station itself.

    Pretty weird when you have to check your google locations to know where you were and how you got home.

    March 2, 2017 at 20:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Name*mitch

    Was having sex few years back had tga episode was 57 lasted about 12 hours had one brief episode again recently only lasted seconds again having sex I also had shingles about 4 years ago and still have no feeling on whole left side of face which I now know as Ramsey hunt syndrome! I still have pain shocks and teeth aches on that side! Dont believe these 2 could even be related but not sure! All I know is I'm now a little nervous having sex and honestly just glad it doesntbhappen when I'm watching football! The sex I can go without but the football I couldn't!/any correlation between Ramsey hunt and tga????

    March 19, 2017 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Buster

      Name*mitch: Funny but not funny. Sorry about your other issues, just terrible. But glad to meet someone else who experienced TGA during sex (at orgasm for me). My neurologist swore it would never happen again. The 2nd episode was way worse. I wish the Drs doing neurology studies would take this more seriously. It is terrifying and I am so afraid it means I will develop early onset alzheimer's or dementia. Where are the studies? These stories are proof that way more information is needed! I'd give up watching sports before I give up sex but alas, I am terrified to have sex.

      November 18, 2017 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
  11. Deb Kit

    I'm a 54yr old female. I've had maybe 8 TGA episodes in 3 years. 2 distinctively after exercise (outdoor bootcamp style and cold weather). Two other episodes after coming into contact with bleach or bleach products. 2 other episodes while driving. Feeling like one side of my brain did not recognize the street I was on or i had the feeling that I had lived there many years ago. The other side of my brain was telling me "keep going you are fine this is the right way." Pre-episode indications are not being able to think clearly. Talking to a friend i kept forgetting what i wanted to say. It was annoying, and two days later had an attack while driving home. I live alone so I'm learning to get myself home and don't seem to go under as deep. If others are around I seen to totally lose it and get the typical cant remember where I live and ask the same questions over and over. ERs run their test and find nothing. One neurologist suggest it's a brain bleed brought on by the exercise. Altho I think lack of drinking water is a factor. I don't drink enough water. I'm not happy to see so many others who have this TGA, but I'm happy to know I'm not alone in it. It sucks. I was told it probably wouldn't happen again but it does. I get a headache after the event and just feel disoriented, don't trust myself. I love to dance so I switched from bootcamp exercise to Zumba. I did fine until last Monday night. I had an episode during class. I managed to get home. Now I'm afraid to do my Zumba but I need to exercise! Grrrr.

    April 12, 2017 at 02:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Gail

    I recently ended up in the hospital with what they suspect is a transient global amnesia. It occurred right after I had put my cat down. I have about four hours of not knowing anything and asking the same questions over and over again. My symptoms are classic TGA but now I'm scared to death. I was admitted to the hospital and all my test and CT results came back normal. I have a slight headache which seems to be going away. I am so afraid this will happen again. I see my doctor on Friday.

    June 13, 2017 at 19:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlotte

      Hi Gail,
      Did you end up having testing and were there any results that came back that have helped or been informative? Also have you had another TGA? I am so sorry this has happened to you and it is an absolutely terrifying ordeal, living in fear it can happen again. My mum has just had one and we are all on edge and I am wondering what we can do to help her. I am hoping a neurologist will be able to provide some answers.

      July 21, 2018 at 22:57 | Report abuse |
  13. janet

    Hi, had a TGA episode 3 days ago. Got up early, was planning on crushing it in the gym before work. Came to in ER. Nurse told me I asked the same question over and over. No recollection of driving to gym, ,being in gym. ambulance ride, ,IV insertion or CT scan. In hospital overnight. Cardiac and brain work up. All fine. Neurologist says TGA. Remember breakfast that morning and then ER. Lost 4 hours. I feel a little "off", not quite as sharp as usual, getting better as each day passes. History of migraines, on Allegra & Flonase , had light breakfast, coffee and 4 oz water morning of incident. Been working 7 days a week for about 2 months. Always running from 1st job to 2nd then home, housework, grocery shopping. 58 years old, eat healthy, love to exercise. Did take about a 3 week hiatus from gym because of schedule. Remember was planning on crushing it in weight room morning of incident. I am embarrassed to return to gym. How was I acting, what was I saying, did everyone stop and stare as I was carted off on a stretcher? I will go back. Plan on bringing discharge papers and explaining. Going to give friends name and number to call if it happens again. Don't want the ambulance, testing, hospital circus again. I am trying to do what I always do. It's scary. Feel like my body has betrayed me when I try to do everything right. Nurse at hospital told me to slow down. Seems like the best advice I've heard. Making time to relax. I pray it does not happen again. Thank you all for your posts.

    June 14, 2017 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. peggy

    Had anyone of the TGA people been on an airplane during the week of your episode?

    July 19, 2017 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. peggy

    My event was April 28. I have changing ongoing symptoms. Depends on the day. No stamina. Shocked by loud noises. Hot water seems extremely hot. Make mistakes I would never have made before. Have to be deliberate about concentration. Sometimes wobbly. Pupils nonresponsive. Occasional nausea.
    Wondering about aero toxic syndrome. I was on plane five days prior to TGA event.

    July 19, 2017 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. peggy

    Since brain testing does not show indications of TGA existence, why not check elsewhere, such as blood tests.
    TGA could be toxins; poisons of some variety.
    If it doesn't show in the brain, test the blood, or nervous system..

    August 8, 2017 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Person

    So sexual intercourse can cause TGA? If that's the case. Could people be charged with rape if something like that happened during the action? Or does the said person who has tga need to warn the other person before hand?

    October 2, 2017 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. M.Gould

    I experienced my first TGA in my late 50's about 10 years ago when experiencing a lot of stress – I woke up from an afternoon nap and 'classic sign' repeatedly asked the same questions. My partner took me to hospital thinking I had had a Stroke. I stayed in overnight. All testing results were Normal and I was discharged the following day. The Emergency Consultant told me TGA's only happen to 'bright people' under stress or under water – some consolation. My TGA lasted approximately 4 hours. I had been under stress. What I have had since are 'fugue states' but only when leaving the swimming pool. It seems immersing myself in cold water can trigger a 'fugue state'. I like to swim at our local pool and so it happens, but extremely rarely. My Long Term Memory is not affected. I have no trouble driving myself home and can carry on a conversation. I am told immersing myself in cold water is my trigger + stress at the time. I was told by the Consultant that 'it only happens to bright people' – perhaps some consolation?

    October 22, 2017 at 23:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jill Baty

    I recently had what we believe was a 6 hour bout of TGA. First and hopefully last episode. I am 60 and had my first classical migraine when I was 9. I still have the occasional migraine aura. Magnesium seems to have helped. During the episode I was at home and then went to the ER by ambulance. I knew where I was but asked over and over- did I have a TIA? Did I have a stroke? Are my eyes tracking? Is my smile dropping? What about weakness in my arms or legs? And I would proceed to answer most of my own questions! My daughter believes when I got confused, I then had a panic attack and when she and my husband calmed me down, those symptoms went away. I had a CAT scan, MRI, Carotid artery ultrasound, a month ago, all normal, but with no diagnosis, and I’m still waiting to see a neurologist to discuss. (Side note, I recently retired to KY from MI. Healthcare is not even close to comparable to what I was used to in MI, IL, WI, OH IN and I don’t know why!). I did send info to my MI neurologist who responded promptly and agreed with our thoughts (from our web search) that it was a TGA event. Interestingly my mom has short term memory loss that has been the same for the last 7 years- she is 88. It’s probably vascular dementia but wow- her symptoms are so like my TGA episode!

    Now I’d like to address the earlier question/comment. Since the episode, I first had some verbal issues that have since gone away (I think). I might want to say drawer and instead say door.i wouldn’t even say the whole word before self correcting like doo-drawer I had maybe 7 incidents per day to start with. And after a week I was having one incident per day. It might have been from the stress of the original episode? The other thing was I was very tired after the episode. Like I had studied for an exam,and it was finally over! My brain felt tired if that’s possible. I thought I might be staring a bit more instead of moving my eyes- read about that LoL but I was quite conscious of my thoughts- no seizure. That’s much better now. Lastly I don’t have a headache exactly, not a pain, a very mild discomfort. That has been continually improving.

    One thought another doctor had was that I have inflammation and it wouldn’t hurt to eat better, like Whole 30 or Eat Fat to Be Fit. I think it certainly can’t hurt!! So I have been working on that for a month!!!

    November 14, 2017 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlotte


      Thanks for sharing your experience. Have you found your diet has helped? If so what type of diet did you incorporate?
      Many thanks

      July 21, 2018 at 23:17 | Report abuse |
  20. Valeri

    I took Flonase and have had TGA twice! The first time I didn’t realize it’s relation to Flonase. I was brought to the emergency room and diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia and told that it is so rare that I will never get it again. Well I did. At least I figured it out myself! It is definitely caused by taking Fluticasone Propionate!

    December 29, 2017 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Anon

    I had my first TGA February 2018 , I had driven to work made phone calls, made detailed notes and sent emails which I have no memory of. My line manager came to see me and realised there was something wrong and called 999 . I was taken to hospital and under went all the tests CT scan included which were all negative. Like many others I remembered my name and address but became distressed when I couldn't remember my son and fiancee were due to have their first baby.
    The episode lasted around 8 hours and slowly my memory returned however I constantly have a dull headache and feel anxious. I find it difficult to concentrate especially if there is a lot of activity around me and noise really bothers me. I frequently wake up feeling as if I have a hangover without touching alcohol.
    I'm really anxious how long I'm going to feel like this and worry that I'll never get back to how I was before.
    My GP is very supportive and tells me I have to concentrate on myself.
    I would be interested to know how long other TGA patients recovery were and if anyone has a similar experience to me.

    March 29, 2018 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kim

      Yes....I am having post event struggles such as foggy brain times, tiredness, anxiety, and mood swings. It is enlightening to read about all the possible causes... flonase, lipator, stains, etc. I wish providers would do more research on post event symptoms in addition to the memory recovery. We who have experienced TGA would navigate our journey better if we knew what we might face in the days, weeks, months after an event. Better understanding equals better self care.

      September 28, 2018 at 20:46 | Report abuse |
  22. Delia

    My husband has just had his 10th episode of TGA 30 Apr 2018. His first one was on 17 Feb 2018. We live in UK and he's 79 years and a reasonably fit and still working farmer. He's been checked for stroke and had a CAT brain scan. MRI scan isn't possible as he has a metal heart valve. Also he has a pacemaker for his heart for the last 2 years. He's now been referred by our doc to a Memory Clinic and we can expect to hear from them in up to 3 months. I told 3 friends of my husband's first two TGA episodes and one 'friend' immediately had him with Alzheimer's so we tend to be keeping things within the family now. It's very upsetting for my husband and all of us. He gradually regains his memory in about an hour but has no recollection of how he's been within that hour. In that hour he can't remember most recent things – like one morning, after working out in the snow for 3 hours he looked out the window and asked "when did it snow"? Seems to be happening every ten days or so. Thx for all your posts – interesting to read and compare. Yes, we need a self-help group.

    April 30, 2018 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Adrian fisher

    Deep regular breathing appears to help me

    May 6, 2018 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. PAT. Pfund

    Has anyone had episodes related to running water or looking in mirror..4 of my episodes began with that..others with bright lights or while driving.

    May 9, 2018 at 01:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Donna

    Eight days ago, I had a TGA for the first time and I hope I never have another one. I was in the hospital for four days undergoing all sorts of tests. My husband told me I kept asking the same questions over and over again. I had a CT scan and other tests. Also, the last one was an EEG. Everything turned out normal. My neurologist said I had a chemical imbalance and there were things that could trigger a TGA. Migraine headache, stress and depression. I know I have some of all three. He told us that any two of the three could trigger a TGA. I have been put on a medication, but thus far, I still have a dull headache across my forehead at times during the day. Sometimes I still feel nauseus. I, too, get very emotional at times. I see my doctor again in three days to see how it's going. I have been put on a medication that will take up to four weeks to fully kick in. It was my first TGA and I surely hope it's my last.

    July 8, 2018 at 19:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Charlotte

    My mum had a TGA 2 days ago and the experience was absolutely horrific, particularly for mum but it has affected our whole family. I am looking for suggestions on what to do next. We are assuming the TGA was triggered by stress and are looking at ways to alleviate this. Can anyone recommend what types of testing have helped, has a change in diet helped, what sort of neurologist do I look for to get advice, does anyone have a plan if it happens again and what does a plan look like and is anyone on medication that has helped, has anyone been to counselling to help with stress and if so, has this helped? Although we are all very anxious a TGA will occur again (even though DR said it was unlikely), what can we do to prepare? I am also looking for an excellent neurologist in the Melbourne, Australia area. Has anyone had a positive experience and could recommend one? All help and suggestions are very much appreciated at this anxious time.

    July 21, 2018 at 23:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. bob

    I had my first tga episode In feb of 2018.like you guys it was very scary.the second one was in july this year.ive had migraines for 40 plus years.three seizures, gran-mal..iam a workaholic,dont drink,never done drugs,i do smoke cigs..i take statin drugs, .after the last tga,my cardiologist said stop the statin drugs NOW.–like you guys, all neuro test were normal.my neuro had me try keppra for migraines,(made me totally in a fog,)so I quit the keppra.i was not taking the statin prior to the second tga this past july..BUT I was off the statin drugs only a couple days prior to the last tga event. iv had so many cat scans,i feel like I can run the machine.all comes back normal.my blood press was high,prior to the first tga,now its too low.i retired after 70 years,old,cut back on drinking sodas,try to eat right,limited my smoking,try to sleep more.but the past couple of days,i don't feel right.ive discussed this with my children and grandchildren,BUT,I SAID DONT TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS BEING A TGA EVENT.CALL 911. it scares the heck outa my kids,when this happens,of course I don't know anything until its over--.my granddaughter brought something up last week,that makes me think-–she said everytime you have an event- YOU WERE WEARING A STOP SMOKING NICOTINE PATCH -SHE IS TOTALLY CORRECT.-–it maybe possible iam ODing on nicotine.iam a very light smoker.--hopefully my lifestyle changes will stop these events.-i live in a medium size town(,30'000 population).think GOD,everyone knows my tga events,if iam not out and about,someone will being checking on me.iam too old to have a girl friend, so I don't mind people checking on me HAHA . so good luck to all.

    August 15, 2018 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bob

      had 4th one in the past year,this morning,woke-up totally confused as to what day it is.yesterday is hazy.bp 117/70 heart rate 79.felt sick last night before I went to sleep about 5 this morning,woke at 8.30 confused.feeling better now at 11;14 am.had semi hard bowell momement last night befor bed-time.feeling a little sick at the moment.tired and worn out.get some fresh air,may feel better.---havnt heard any results from eeg,brain and artery scan from 3rd one .i guess no news is good news.

      October 10, 2018 at 12:32 | Report abuse |
  28. bob

    after doing research,i not to sure if what iam having is maybe tea..i took 250 mg of keppa yesterday from a left over prescription,took 250 mg today feel a lot clearer headed.somewhat dizzy tho.looking back,the neuro had me taking 500 mg twice aday in dec,after she thought it was tga.weaned me off from it.once I got to 250 once every two days, I felt great..i asked to stay on it. she said theres no reason to take them because what I had was tga.one week after being off of keppra,i had a 2nd tga event.But doing some research I find tea mimics tga,but the tea come 10-12 times per year.reseach shows low dose of epilip medicine stopped the tea events in 47 of 50 cases.ill consult with my neuro on his take of it.i had numerous events this year of fuzzy memory,iam tired of it.they taking me off statins,had numerous cat scans,ct mri xrays,artery scans eeg nothing shows up.

    November 7, 2018 at 20:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Lynne

    Had a TGA 3 years ago. It took 12 hours before I could make a new memory. I had significant cognitive impairment afterwards – couldn't remember how to cook, where things were, but each day saw significant improvement. Tried to do word puzzles, impossible! Like others, couldn't find the right words when talking. One blessing, long ago traumatic memories were more difficult to recall. Previously they were constantly triggered, but after the TGA I have to work to recall them. Now, I still have some brain glitches, out of the ordinary. It makes me angry when I read the reports that there are no after effects from a TGA!

    November 8, 2018 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elaine

      I had mine a week ago (see below) and I pretty much cryed steady for 4 days!

      November 24, 2018 at 22:57 | Report abuse |
  30. Elaine

    I am 56 years old and a week ago Nov.17, 2018 I had my first and hopefully last TGA, I have about 8 hours of memory I will never get back. A very terrifying experience that shook me up days afterwards. The dr says it probably wont ever happen again but I am still fearful of being alone. Hoping this will pass. Wish so much I could find the reason as to why this happened so I could avoid another episode.

    November 24, 2018 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Larry

    I am a male age 75. I had my first TGA in August 2018 and a second TGA in November 2018. The first one lasted 3 or 4 hours. The second lasted 1 or 2 hours. Both occurred during mild physical exertion. I was a bit confused but otherwise fully functional during the episodes. I had a slight headache after both. I have experienced no lasting after effects other than the loss of memory of the events that occurred during the episodes. I had all of the typical tests MRI, CT scan, EKG, EEG and even a heart ultrasound. Nothing unusual was found. I just look at it as a very strange experience. If life does not throw anything worse that this my way I am happy with that. It is a whole lot better than a debilitating or fatal stroke.

    December 10, 2018 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Keryn

    I have just had another TGA and I have been so teary and crying and emotional I can remember the last thing I did and it was to ring my first born for his Birthday 12.05 Christmas Day ,but the fogginess is still with me and I haven't come through it yet but I am heaps better all in all but it's now the 7 th of January ....the first day I remember 4th of January . I have been going through all the normal day to day routines cooking cleaning etc cannot remember a thing ...I spoke to my brother everyday on the phone nothing at all and he could not pick it . It's very scary

    January 6, 2019 at 20:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jane

    First TGA yesterday. Remember snippets of the morning – the description of a heating engineer that came, preparing food for supper, lighting fire, watching TV...... then nothing. Rest of the day was phoning husband in distress as couldn’t find our dog (the dog died last year), told to go to neighbours, husband collecting me to go to GP for tests etc, drive in our car to hospital (asking an Ambulance to ‘bluelight’ us through a traffic jam!), hospital, scan, ecg, blood tests. After 5hrs since my frantic call to my husband I came back to the ‘world of living’ sitting in A&E with a drip (Vitamin B3).
    Frightening for my husband but as I can’t remember anything it’s as though it never happened.
    My history is migraines for about 30yrs (I’m 61), tinnitus for 20yrs, and Under active Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) for 2yrs.
    Medication – Levothyroxine(thyroid), Betahistine(tinnitus) and only painkillers for migraines.
    I am retired and healthy and have never smoked or taken illegal substances.
    I had a headache above my left eye when in hospital and last night it was bad. It’s feels as though I’ve had a migraine attack.
    All I can think is a migraine triggered the TGA event and, one of my faults.....didn’t drink enough fluids that day.
    I still have a mild headache and other than completely forgetting my sister in laws surname (in writing out a birthday card) earlier, I feel perfectly fine but mildly concerned as to a reoccurrence.
    All my tests were good and the Hospital gave me the all clear.
    Life must go on and the worries of another attack (told after one you may have two but unlikely any more), I will now always have my phone with me and carry a home made card with my details and the fact I’ve had a TGA and when.
    So to fellow sufferers, just be aware of another event and prepare for the effects (tell your family, friends, neighbours) and either carry a medi-bracelet or at least your details whenever you are out... and a phone.
    We are not alone and there are people who care...... my NHS care was superb.

    February 2, 2019 at 11:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jane

      Further to above, I was contacted by the hospital 5 days after my TGA and told not to drive (I already had...and been to fitness classes) and to report to the TIA unit for checks!!!
      Just back, and the consultant greeted me with ‘I don’t know why you are here’. (I’m assuming the NHS are just making sure)
      Went on to say scans, bloods, heart etc perfectly normal and as I have a history of migraines it is more than likely a ‘cluster attack’ caused the TGA.
      This may be true as I still have a residue headache that normally follows a migraine, but as for a cluster attack......well,.I don’t remember it!
      No meds, no probs and can officially drive again. Have had no after effects, other than a mild headache, and told extremely unlikely to get another. But, at least I’m aware, as is my husband, neighbours and friends.

      February 6, 2019 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
  34. Jill

    I was just released from a two day hospitalization for TGA. From what I’ve read about possible causes, I could fall into a few of them. Was playing an outdoor sport in the cold (platform tennis) for a couple hours just prior to the symptoms. I drove home (glad I chose to not join the girls for drinks afterward!). My husband noticed I was not “right” and began asking me questions. I also realized there was a problem when he asked me the name of our president. Additional, I was not able to say where I had just been (although I looked down at my tennis shoes and remarked “I’m dressed for tennis although I have no recollection of it; I must have been playing”. I asked the same questions over and over for hours “how did I get here?” “What did I do to make you want to take me to the ER?”. I knew enough to suspect I had a TIA but my constant forgetting what I had JUST said (or asked) was almost comical (my husband filmed our conversations). I was cognizant enough to say to my husband during our conversation I thought I was experiencing a TIA so the mental state is a real mix of remembering everything sort of up to the event but having no ability to “create” a memory as the literature states. Anyway, thanks everybody for your posts. Always interesting to learn about these medical events and listening to others’ stories offers some peace of mind.

    February 16, 2019 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bizyfe0415

      Jill, the questions asked by my husband during his first were almost identical to your experience. "Where's (our son)? What happened? Where am I? Must have been a stroke." I think I answered those same questions over 200 times. And with a sense of humor like your husband, I threw a few curve balls in for answers and he didn't flinch. Kept me sane though. However, the only activity he had finished was loading the dishwasher and talking to our daughter who was making cookies. Like why and how we dream the normal or the weird, I think TGA may never be truly understood. IMHO.

      March 20, 2019 at 18:53 | Report abuse |
  35. joann31045@aol.com

    just had my first tga a couple of days ago. my grand daughter said I called her when she came into the house from school . was admitted to hospital had cat scan mri eeg blood work was diagnosed with tga I have wet macular degeneration and have been getting eye injections with a drug called avastin the day before the episode I had an injection my son found an article relating the statin injection with the tga I am 74 years old and was so very freightened yes I have made follow up appts with my personal doctors but I feel that I don't want to continue with the injections for the macular don't want to sound like an old fool but I'm thinking going blind vs another tga episode fear is a terrible thing

    March 4, 2019 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Bizyfe0415

    My husband has had a total of 4 episodes and it seems each one is getting shorter and he remembers more and more of what happened before and immediately after. He has had several MRIs, CT scans, EEGs (48 hour) and 1 EEG during the episode itself. Nothing showed up in anything. He may have had a 5th that lasted about 10 minutes as he was going to a store (and it's been almost a year since the last one and he was given the OK to drive) and suddenly couldn't remember where he was going and why. So he came home which he remembered where and how to get to. Each has been a little different in time of year, activity level, level of stress he was feeling, hydration, anything we could think might have been a factor. So we sit and wait and see if another occurs.

    March 20, 2019 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Julia T.

    I had a TGA episode last Saturday which scared me silly. I felt like I had passed out earlier and then woke up at 4 pm and decided that I needed to eat. I drove to the restaurant....I didn't recognize where I was and I almost pulled over, I was crying and then I saw a bldg that I recognized and finally got to the fast food place. I was so dizzy, I stumbled by the counter and the cashier asked if I was ok. I was terrified. When I finally got home at 5 pm I felt like I again passed out and woke up at 1 am the next day. I've had 3 episodes that I can recall. Scary as hell! I'm still dizzy every so often. I went to the ER two days later and was told about TGA.

    March 27, 2019 at 19:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julia T

      This is my 3rd TGA. Not fun!

      March 27, 2019 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
  38. quantumhypno

    So glad to see some recent posts here. I had a TGA on 3/29/19 while at Enchanted Forest with my son, grandson, sister and lots of family members. I briefly carried my grandson up an incline; the last thing I remember was seeing water and lights in a darkened restaurant. Don't remember the hospital much, except I knew my son and sister were with me and was, according to them, concerned about my grandson.
    I was unable to undergo an MRI on Sunday. Just triggered terror in my brain, even though I've been through more challenging things in life. I've had a minor headache for days; still dizzy and slightly confused, and I don't feel like myself anymore. I feel like I'm a different person from the one who was playing with my grandson prior to this event. Is this supposed to subside? I want to feel like me again. Thanks for all your stories.

    April 16, 2019 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Karri

    Saturday according to my husband I woke up agitated, asking about my son and daughter. Based on the fact that I was very confused he took me to ER where they ran tests and I was admitted to the hospital. I don't remember any of this. I "woke" up in a hospital bed, watching the Kentucky Derby. I remember bits and pieces of it, like the weather was bad and there was an odd ending. I had a headache and was not hungry. The nest day they ran EEG and MRI all showing nothing. I went home that evening.
    It is now Wednesday and I feel kind of off, like I have slight vertigo and headache. I feel fuzzy and have to think to grab hold of some things from the past. Mostly I am normal, but it is the oddest thing ever to experience. Throughout my personality was entirely the same as I said repeatedly that "I am in the hospital. Hockey players visit people in the hospital. Where is "my favorite player"?" We are in the middle of our team in hockey playoffs and this is really on my mind. Anyway, I thought that was funny.
    Good luck everyone and glad to be able to read about others as this is not so common.

    May 8, 2019 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. CeCe

    I had my first (and, I hope, last) TGA May 8, 2019. I'm a 59 year old female with a difficult medical history of Lyme Disease, Hashimoto's, Fibromyalgia and chronic migraine. I have never taken blood pressure meds and actually have a very low BP. My experience sounds like all the above. I "came to" thinking," oh, crap, my migraines are back." I've been pretty free of them since a neurologist started me on low dose Naltrexone (5 mg) two years ago. MRI and blood was normal except potassium was low, and TSH was very high. I had pain on the left side of my head and aura and tingling. Also, a fair amount of nausea. The docs told me I'd be back to normal in 24 hours. It's about 4 days past TGA, and I'm definitely not normal. Word finding is difficult and mispronunciations are common. It feels like I've had an extremely bad migraine. My current daily experiences since the TGA are one extreme or the other: epiphany-like or numb. I feel some depression which I dread.Have to consciously tell myself to do everyday things. I have to read items over and over and over again to comprehend them. Not normally an issue for me. I'm definitely not trying to tell anyone else how to handle this experience, but for my survival I am telling myself this is an interesting, exotic, rare experience to learn from. Silly, but it helps me! I'm praying for normalcy though! Oh, there was a possible precipitating event prior to the TGA–one of my dogs was missing for the second time in 4 days. Also, my hubby and I did have sex immediately preceding the start of my confusion. I heard it was good!! Wish I could remember! Good luck to all of us.

    May 13, 2019 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Deb

    Thank you for your messages. You all have made this experience easier

    May 13, 2019 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Kathy

    My sister was admitted to the hospital and she can not remember parts of yesterday and the today she does not remember getting up, dressed putting her makeup on fixing her hair also didn't remember trying to get into the garage to go to church but luckily could not seem to get the door open.
    CT scan of brain was negative for stroke and aneurysm, MRI was also done results not back yet
    What could this be
    Normally sis is healthy
    Any ideas

    June 9, 2019 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Kate

    I believe I’ve just had a TGA experience, my first, 3 days ago on Friday night. After a bad night sleep Wednesday, I got a really bad headache on Thursday morning and I was hoping it wasn’t going to be a migraine (as I do get them). I recently turned 53, and had cervical surgery 4 mths ago, so I’m still on reduced work hours but I worked 6 hrs both Thursday and Friday. The headache hadn’t gone away even though I’d taken many and various pills for it. After Friday’s work, I lay down for 2 hours in the afternoon due to headache being bad, then got ready for my work function that night with my husband – headache still intact. At the venue, after a couple of pre-dinner drinks, we proceeded to attend our dinner table with a group of 10 others. Excited to be there, I remember standing and chatting excitedly to some people before I sat down. I then reached across my neighbour and did something weird – I picked up his wine glass and sipped from it before the error was pointed out to me. Apart from being very embarrassed and apologising profusely, I remember feeling quite perplexed as to why I had done such a thing when I didn’t even have a drink. Turning around on my seat to face the stage, I heard a couple of sentences of a speech – but then I’m completely blank until the next day when I woke up. I was so confused as to what had happened when I woke up but hubby was out early preparing his grandchild’s birthday party. My headache was still there and still bad so I took more headache pills and tried to sleep til 11 am when I had to pick up my daughter. I didn’t feel “with it” and was a bit confused with my driving. Met up with hubby after lunch at the party and admitted to him that I couldn’t remember hardly anything from the night before, that I was worried, and to tell me what happened. I asked him a number of times over the next 2 days, trying to get more info out of him (he doesn’t talk much). Apparently, I’d eaten some salmon pre-dinner meal (I’m having trouble remembering the words I want to use), only drank 1/2 of the glass of wine my hubby poured for me, then lay my head on his shoulder with my eyes shut during the speech. Someone apparently asked what was wrong with me, was I drunk? He told them I had a migraine, and took me outside after the speech. We taxied home shortly after where he helped undress me and put me to bed. I’ve no recollection of any of this. It’s all very disconcerting. I also found out I had taken a couple of photos of others and sent a text. I cant remember anything. The next day, Sunday, still worried about not remembering, I researched migraines and blackouts which led me to TGA info. It fits the bill perfectly. But getting tested wasn’t a viable option at the time as family from o/s were visiting us, and tests seemed to show nothing re other peoples experiences and medical journals, so I couldn’t see the point. I was still getting confused driving, was driving slower than usual, and I also didn’t remember it was school holidays when I asked my daughter if she had her school clothes ready yet for the next day. It’s now Monday night and my headache is finally receding. My head feels ‘heavy’ and fuzzy still and I’ll be telling my GP about it all soon, though.

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  45. Monica

    Most of these posts mention longer lasting after effects from a TGA than medics suggest. I experienced a TGA a few days ago and although reports assure return to normal function in 24hr or so, I still do not feel quite right 5 days later. Despite assurances that a recurrence is unlikely it has really rattled me and I am finding it difficult to function with previous confidence. I just turned 60 and my only health issue is long term high blood pressure which is well managed. I am losing weight slowly and am over 35 lbs lighter now than a few years ago. I have an MRI appt in a few days. All other tests done at the time of the TGA were clear so no clues there. From reading some of these posts it is apparent that the effects of TGA do not simply disappear as rapidly as some sources believe. Personally, I feel there must be an explanation somewhere for these random episodes. I appreciate all the experiences which have been shared.

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