My mother has had 2 episodes in the last couple months (one just yesterday) where she had a short period (5 minutes or less) of extreme confusion/disorientation. Then is clears up and she realizes it has happened. After the first one she seemed more wobbly than usual, which then improved over the next few weeks.
I wasn't there for this most recent one. She is staying with my brother and he just reported it.
After the first one she had an MRI, which didn't show anything, but it wasn't done until about 3 weeks after the episode (it took that long to schedule). Her primary care doctor said that if it happened again to take her to the ER. Although I had passed this info along to my brother he either didn't remember, or didn't think it was serious enough to warrant. I have reminded him.
I guess my question is whether TIAs can look like this. There is no drooping eyes, or garbled speech, or any other manifestations. Just periods of disorientation and confusion. She has had dementia that has been coming on pretty quickly over the last 4 months, and it did seem to worsen even more after the first episode.