I had a TIA in June, a few blackout episodes,daily TIA/stroke symptom episodes. I have had to miss quite a few days/hours of work due to the symptoms. Had an apt with a rehab DR a couple days ago and right now we are going the route of maintaining low BP, low cholesterol level, exercise, Plavix. Does anyone have any ideas to pass on that might be helpful in me getting through these episodes? The Dr said 1 or more of the blood vessels to my brain have narrowed. Is there surgery that can open the vessel(s) up some?View Thread
I have had 6 TIA episodes in the last 3 months and have had 3 CT scans and 1 MRI and was told the scan and MRI will only show if you have had a stroke and which kind. If either is normal you had a TIA (according to the medical facility I use). hope all turns out well for you.View Thread
I had a stroke this Febuary. At first i was told i had an anurism. my head was full of blood. The Dr. had to cut into my cerrabellum to drain it. I only learned last month ,August, 4hat my cerrabellum was totally destroyed, i am in a wheelchair(temporarily) and was told i will walk again. How is this possible? I am taking steps on my own but only a dew. I can walk if im holding on to something or someone but so frustrating. Seems like I should be walking by now. I just sold my car cuz I dont know when it will happen. Has anyone had this experience? Hope someone out there can answer. Thank you SandyView Thread
I had a stroke in July , was sent to 2 hospitals to find it. Got access this week to my hospital records online, I'd like someone to explain my results.the hospital was more interested in my missing corpus callosum ( 49 years old and no problems) . thank you FINDINGS: The corpus callosum is absent. There are multiple areas of patchy chronic T2 hyperintensity in the deep and periventricular white matter. No acute infarction, hemorrhage, mass, hydrocephalus or abnormal extra-axial fluid collection identified. Brain stem and cerebellum appear normal. Vascular flow voids appear normal. Sinuses are clear except for scattered opacified left posterior ethmoid air cells. CONCLUSION: 1. COMPLETE ABSENCE OF THE CORPUS CALLOSUM. 2. MULTIPLE SMALL CHRONIC T2 HYPERINTENSE WHITE MATTER LESIONS THAT ARE NONSPECIFIC BUT MAY REFLECT CHRONIC SMALL VESSEL ISCHEMIC FOCI, LESIONS ASSOCIATED WITH VASCULAR HEADS OR LESS LIKELY DEMYELINATING LESIONS. -------------------------------------------------------------------
FINDINGS: On the diffusion-weighted sequences, an area of hyperintense abnormal signal has developed in the right basal ganglia posteriorly extending towards the posterior limb of the internal capsule and anterior right thalamus. Findings are consistent with an area of an acute infarction. This finding is new when compared to the study of 7/24/2014. Again evident is agenesis of the corpus callosum. No mass effect, midline shift, or significant ventricular dilatation is present. Normal flow voids are identified in the carotid and basilar arteries. The craniocervical junction appears unremarkable. Multiple focal hyperintensities are present in the periventricular white matter, particularly in the parietal and frontal lobes, similar to previous. Brain is otherwise unremarkable. No hemosiderin deposition is seen on the gradient images. CONCLUSION: 1. INTERVAL DEVELOPMENT OF AN AREA OF ACUTE INFARCTION IN THE RIGHT BASAL GANGLIA EXTENDING INTO THE POSTERIOR LIMB OF THE INTERNAL CAPSULE AND ANTERIOR THALAMUS. FINDINGS ARE NEW WHEN COMPARED TO STUDY OF 7/24/2014. 2. AGENESIS OF THE CORPUS CALLOSUM. 3. WHITE MATTER HYPERINTENSITIES IN THE PERIVENTRICULAR WHITE MATTER, PARTICULARLY IN THE FRONTAL AND PARIETAL LOBES, WHICH MAY REPRESENT CHRONIC SMALL-VESSEL ISCHEMIC CHANGES, BUT OTHER CAUSES OF WHITE MATTER DISEASE PROCESSES INCLUDED IN THE DIFFERENTIAL, SUCH AS DEMYELINATING DISEASE PROCESS OR POST TOXIC OR INFECTIOUS INJURIES. OTHERWISE UNREMARKABLE MRI OF THE BRAIN.View Thread
My father in law recently had a traumatic hemorrhagic stroke. He also has mile Alzheimer's. He is 84. Since the stroke, he is very confused and has hallucinations. Can stroke make the Alzheimer's worse or is this a result of the stroke.View Thread
I am glad to here that you are doing so well and have kept such a positive attitude. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I know that it will help those who are going through something similar or who have a loved one that is.View Thread
Just wanted to check in and see how your mom is doing. I think that this is something that you should be working closely with her doctors on. This FAQ may help you understand the types of meningitis and what they mean, but I think that asking the doctors specific questions about your mom's condition is best. Please let us know how you are!View Thread
I use the VA and they won't do anything else except refer me to a PM&R Dr in a couple weeks because the 3 CT scans and the MRI all came back "normal" and showed no blockage. In the meantime I suffer and miss work.View Thread
My name is Ally and I am a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As part of a school project, I was tasked to find out a little bit more about post-stroke complications that involve facial muscles. I was wondering if there is anybody who could help me with my project by answering a few quick questions. I would greatly appreciate your help! (1 (1) To which degree did you suffer from any form of facial muscle weakness or paralysis? How would you rate it on a scale of 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 the highest)? (2) What type of treatment did you receive? (medications or any type of facial rehabilitation?)
(3) How successful was the treatment you received? On a scale of 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 the highest), how much of your facial muscle functionality did you recover at the of the treatment? (4) Would you have considered a new type of rehabilitative treatment that involves the application on the skin of band-aid-like sensors for half an hour once or twice a day? The treatment would be painless and non-invasive.
Thank you so much for your help! I truly appreciate it!
Hi Donna 6661 I also had a stroke when on holiday in Cuba i am 56 was 54 at the time, they missed the stroke which was in the cerebellum they were treating me for hypertension .Three days later a nurse from England told my husband to tell the doctors to scan the back of my head which they did and all hell broke loose when they found it ,I was air lifted to Miami Jackson memorial hospital where I stayed for two weeks before flying back to England I have made a good recovery with a few issues how about you ?View Thread
Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing as best as can be in your current circumstance. In May 2009 I suffered what was told to be a mini stroke sent home to rest however within the following 4 weeks I suffered a basal ganglia stroke which has left me with left side deficits. My face was quite droopy however as most of you would know that this type of stroke plays with your emotions and in saying that I laugh at anything and my kids say at nothing. It is uncontrollable and I guess this is the reason that my droopy face is nearly non existent. Oh by the way I was 45 when I had the bleed and now I am 50 and still feel life threw me the biggest most damaging curve ball of all. I am one of 15 in that I have 9 sisters and 5 brothers I am the only one inflicted with a damaging health existence. I am fortunate that I have 3 adult children and 4 young granddaughters.I would love to know how everyone is doing and if there is someone out there in cyberspace that would like to have regular interactions with online.My speech wasn't effected once the tracheotomy was removed and my brain still functions not at its peak but it gets me through each day. I see my Physio Therapist still for a regular gym session just to help control my ballooning weight. And have regular doc visits to keep an eye on my warfarin. I am due for my annual checkup with the neurologist who has been with me since my stroke. I have many bouts of feeling absolutely hopeless wondering what my purpose is in life. I just pray regularly that they might find a cure to reactivate the dormant neurons that lie deep in the basal ganglia. Well enough from me I hope to hear frm someone, anyone and I can guarantee that I will respond as I spend a lot of time on the internet hoping I may soon come across a cure. wishing you all the best. thanks for taking the time to read. View Thread
My husband had 2 hemmoragic strokes 24 hours apart 20 months ago. His right side was affected, we went through rehab and at 12 months was doing pretty good. He also had a stroke in his right eye. He uses a walker cause his balance is haywire, and he has short term memory loss which frustrates him.
My question is after 20 months do patients have more strokes? He has days that he doesn't make sense and gets his words all mixed up, this happens about once a month or so, and yesterday his right leg wouldn't stop moving, and it was the first time he couldn't use his hand to eat food, I had to feed him. I haven't had to do that since he was in the rehab facility. Does that mean more brain cells are damaged, or should I take him to the Dr and have him checked out or did he have a TIA, does anyone know? I am his caregiver, we have been married 57 years. Please helpView Thread
I was admitted to the stroke center in April after having numbness and tingling on right side along with confusion and unable to speak coherently and loss of balance and coordination. They did an MRI and said that although I had all symptoms relating to a stroke there was nothing on the MRI. They said it was just stress and sent me home. Some of the symptoms have been ongoing for a couple of years (coordination, speaking coherently, sometimes unable to speak without sounding drunk (slurred speech) as I was told I would drop letters and entire words, numbness and tingling in right side as well problems thinking). About 6 weeks ago a new symptom...pain in my wrists, fingers, ankles, toes, hip, elbows, and lower back. Every morning I wake up in pain and as the day goes by it subsides but during the night or any prolong time of stillness I become stiff and in extreme pain. My fingers hurt just to touch them. Ibuprofen helps some. I lost my job and have no insurance. I am trying to figure this out as I cannot go on like this. I started taking Serrapeptese and Omega 3-6-9 and so far no change. Any suggestions?View Thread
Alright... Here's my dilemma. I'm currently active military so I excersise a good amount but don't lift. About two and a half weeks ago I started experiencing a little lightheadedness mixed with some shortness of breath. With the ocassional headache out of nowhere and some random sharp chest pain. Nothing major besides the consistent headaches and lightheadedness. All of the symptoms seemed to coexist together to randomly happen but on a consistent basis expect for ny down time when I was inactive. There was a day when I felt a strong nausea come over me out of nowhere right before my morning excersise on an empty stomach. Another day where the lightheadedness was so bad on a hot day I felt I was going to pass out. Went to the doctors to get told it was migraines. Got some medication along withs meds for the nausea. Here's the twist. Just tonight not even an hour ago the pain I was feeling in my chest immediately went away after a very sharp pain that shot through the very centered area where I've been feeling a sense of pressure I didn't realize was there until after it happened and it went away. Afterwards I felt better. No more chest pain. To be specific I felt it was in my left lung area centered in the middle where I felt it with the shortness of breath and chest pain (almost always on the left side ). No more pain anywhere in fact. After about twenty minutes when I got back to my room I felt a slight pain in my right buttocks area. Dull. I have minor back pains so I don't know if it's related but i noticed it.now i dont really feel it but I'm also laying down. I smoke but only occasionally. I chew tobacco but off and on. More off than on. I have an idea of what it is but don't want to give anything that would influence your diagnosis. My aunt is a liscensed doctor and surgeon along with my uncle but I don't want ti worry them regardless of how serious this could possibly be. I'm prepared to be seriously ill before i consult with them. So I'm on here. Any ideas?
I hope that you're able to get properly diagnosed and that it is not a stroke or TIA. It's great that you have your family nearby to help care for you while you're figuring out what's going on.View Thread
My mother in law just had an ischemic stroke attack last month. Craniectomy was done 3 weeks ago after she developed brain edema.she is a known case of diabetes mellitus, hypertension. currently, she is conscious but unaware. her bp and dm level is fluctuating. smtm very high and smtm within normal limit. her sugar level can go up to 20 mmol/l smtm.she also having on and off fever, diarrhea and vomiting till now. why is her condition is not improving much?is she having a meningitis?pls help..we really wants her to lead a normal life..it has been a month..View Thread
I myself had a Wallenberg stroke while I was racing my mountain bike. It was jan 11, 2014. I suffer a dizziness of some kind but cannot explain. My different body temp bother me with the lactic acid feeling in my legs. Since my accident I went back to my new life in trying to be as normal as I use to be and trying to get back to my active life. Today I still suffer from some kind of dizziness but not sure if that the right word to say. Body temp in my legs and it seem to affect my muscles. It seems tough to get back to my levels on my bike but I also know I'm steal healing and it's been only 6 months. On July 19 I attempted to do a century ride on my bike and I made 65 miles. I didn't finish like I used to but I was very happy to go that far. I'm hoping my legs will come back or if you folks can share your stories with me. I can only hope for the better but if this is the new me I'll take it. Thanks for reading and please give me some feed back.View Thread
Insomnia can begin after a stroke. This information from the National Stroke Association has some good tips on treatments and management that you might try to implement in your mom's routine. Have you spoken with her doctor about her trouble sleeping?
In 2012 I had a stroke. I awakened to tingling sensations in left arm and leg. During this time there really wasn't any pain. I was told that I had nerve and muscle damage. After about six to eight weeks I returned to work for my first 40 hour week and it almost killed me. I was a office administrator in a Fire Department. I learned that the hand bone really is connected to the wrist bone. Every muscle on my left side hurt and has hurt every since. I have neuropathy in my left foot, anything that touches my toes hurt. I cannot wear closed toe shoes, the top sheet cannot not touch them. Typing this message is taking forever, because my left arm hurts. Anyway, I just needed to share some of that. My real question is does anything help this pain? Will I ever get to wear my boots again? Will it go away of just calm down? Currently taking muscle relaxers and pain pills every 6 to eight hours. I have had injections in my lower leg and I am now getting sciatic nerve blocks. Nothing is really helping. Is there any help out there.View Thread
How is your dad doing now? I think that it is important that he continues to consult with his doctors while he is in Pakistan to make sure that he is not harming his health further in any way.View Thread
Hello. My husband had a major, serious, hemorrhagic stroke on March 16. After almost 8 weeks in the ICU, he was transferred to a Medical Rehab Unit (MRU), an acute facility. He has spent almost 2 months at this location, taking over 3 hours of speech, occupational and physical therapy 6 days a week. Progress has been good but he still cannot walk or perform simple tasks to take care of himself (e.g. dress himself, wash his lower extremities). The therapists have explained that it is not the weakness on the left side preventing him from completing these tasks but the brain needs to rewire itself to tell the arm and leg to make the proper moves.
In the meantime, most of his of his serious medical problems have been resolved. The caseworker has now told us that my husband needs to be moved to a sub-acute facility where the amount of therapy may not be the same.
I am petrified to move because in New York State, where we reside, sub-acute facilities are in a building with skilled nursing home patients. I have been told if he does not make progress (i.e. reaches a plateau), he could be transferred to the skilled nursing home and receive no more therapy!
Our plan has been to get as much therapy as possible and to take my husband home, even if it means having help at home daily.
However, I never knew that treatment could be stopped so suddenly and quickly.
I have read books about plasticity, brain rewiring and "say NO to the plateau!" but now at a loss on how to put these things in action!?
My dad had a mini and minor stroke two days apart 3 months ago. He has recovered with just some tingling and...
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My dad had a mini and minor stroke two days apart 3 months ago. He has recovered with just some tingling and cold in right hand. One month after the stroke he became constipated, the doc sent him to the ER to get an enema where the ER doctors ran all types of tests with no diagnosis. He then went to his doctors office and had two enemas done problem solved. Since then complains about being to bloated to eat and if he doesn't have a bowel every day of every other day he wants he says he bloated and needs to go to the doctors. He also says he knows he's having problems though he has been cleared by one of the top cardiologist in our area. Is he just looking for attention so he doesn't have to be alone or will a stroke cause damage in the brain where a person becomes almost hypochondriac?View Thread
I too had a stroke in 2009 with a PFO. I subsequently had a cardio seal device installed. Many problems happened after the stroke. I had not only the stroke on my right side, left side was at first completely useless. Right after the closure I had multiple bouts of pericarditis. My pericardium was full and I essentially checked out. They had to perform another heart surgery on me by 1) putting a window in @0 utilizing two tubes they had to drain a ton of volume from my heart sack. I have also been on stroke study groups. for multiple issues. Long and short- I would go have your self checked out by a neurologist asap. May save your life or, make it better.. my.$02 SView Thread
My 78 father suffered a severe stroke that damage multiple regions of his brain while undergoing heart bypass surgery. After two weeks in the hospital he was transferred to a long-term acute care facility. While at this facility, they started him on amantadine. For a majority of his month-long stay, he seemed to be responding well to the drug. He would be alert and be able to answer questions and interject in conversations. Toward the end of his stay, he started having hallucinations which are a common side affect of this drug. They then transferred him to a rehab facility at a skilled nursing facility where he still is today. In his first few days the hallucinations seemed to be increasing and he was getting very agitated and angry. The doctors decided to pull him off the amantadine because the side affects were outweighing the benefits. Since he has been off the drug he hasn't been as alert and very rarely interjects in conversation. He seems to sleep a lot more and doesn't seem to recognize things he did while he was on amantadine. He seems to be progessing with his physical therapy but mentally it seems like he has gone backwards. My question is, is there anything else they could try to help him be more alert? Or are there any other suggestions of things to try? They did introduce an anti-depressant at the nursing facility. The only other meds he is on are for high blood pressure and cholesterol.View Thread
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