• Has anyone else experienced a TGA following sex?

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    capricorn13 [sign in to see picture]
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    Yesterday my lovely husband and I were enjoying a rare free afternoon together involving a little light bondage/spanking, my lovely glass dildo and the LH magic wand. After 2 fantastic orgasms for me it was Mr Capricorn's turn but at that point I apparently freaked out, with no memory of what day it was, were I was, what I had done earlier. While I knew who I was and who my husband was, I kept asking the same questions over and over. My OH was concerned I might have had a mini-stroke so we decided I should go to A&E. He says I cleaned up the toys and dressed myself but I have no memory of that.

    By the time we got to A&E I could recall all the earlier events up until the point I freaked but nothing after until we got into the car. When we finally got seen, after some embarrasment explaining what we had been doing when this "event" happened, I was told this was a classic case of Transient Global Amnesia (TGA).

    I was fully conscious at all times, movement and higher memory was intact; the retrograde amnesia has resolved but I will never remember the events during the attack itself. Apparently, although TGA is quite rare, vigorous exertion (eg sex/orgasm) is a possible trigger. (The average age of people experiencing this is 61 so I have just reduced the mean slightly!)

    Has anyone else experienced this? If so, was it a one off? I am worried it might happen again.

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    Just Jenson [sign in to see picture]
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    Wow! That must have been one hell of a session!

    but all seriousness, hope you are ok and good you had the sense (and courage) to go to A&E.

    Never had this before, but did have a period when an orgasm would trigger a huge headache which lasted about 2 hours. This went on for about a week before just sorting itself out.

    Other than that, have had the usual with girlfriends just shaking a bit and feeling weak etc (not to sound too cliché).

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    capricorn13 [sign in to see picture]
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    Thanks, JJ. It was quite a scary experience.

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    Sounds terrifying tbh

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    Hope you're ok now, sounds like a frightening experience. I've heard of people getting orgasm related headaches but never heard of this before.
    Just hope it doesn't put you off sex!

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    I am more concerned it will put my OH off!

    Seriously, I am a bit bothered it could happen again, hence the question for the community, especially the over 40s.

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    This happened to me last September and then last November. On both occassions I forgot almost everything that had happened in the previous three months - although I was fully aware of everything I was doing. It was most odd. Gradually - over a number of hours - my memory came back to me. After the second occassion my wife insisted I go and see the doctor about it. He was most concerned and sent me to the stroke clinic that same afternoon. There they did a brain scan. Like you they said it was Transient Global Amnesia. They don't know the cause but such activities as sex or swimming in cold water trigger it! We now joke about 'going for a swim' (we live on the coast!). My doctor sent me to see a specialist, who confirmed what the stroke clinic had said. He also told me 'not to overdo it - if you know what I mean.' I was in my early 60s when it happened and, despite the fact that we still 'overdo it' quite often, I have had no further attacks - although my wife is always on the lookout for signs of it in me after we have had sex. So don't worry too much about it, it probably won't happen again.

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    I had never heard of TGA before the thread so I don't have any advice for you. I do hope you're ok Capricorn, it sounds so scary xxx

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    tortoise wrote:

    This happened to me last September and then last November. On both occassions I forgot almost everything that had happened in the previous three months - although I was fully aware of everything I was doing. It was most odd. Gradually - over a number of hours - my memory came back to me. After the second occassion my wife insisted I go and see the doctor about it. He was most concerned and sent me to the stroke clinic that same afternoon. There they did a brain scan. Like you they said it was Transient Global Amnesia. They don't know the cause but such activities as sex or swimming in cold water trigger it! We now joke about 'going for a swim' (we live on the coast!). My doctor sent me to see a specialist, who confirmed what the stroke clinic had said. He also told me 'not to overdo it - if you know what I mean.' I was in my early 60s when it happened and, despite the fact that we still 'overdo it' quite often, I have had no further attacks - although my wife is always on the lookout for signs of it in me after we have had sex. So don't worry too much about it, it probably won't happen again.

    Thank you for this, Tortoise. It is reassuring to know you are still "overdoing it" without any ill effects. I will try not to worry, and continue as normal.

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