I have been taking 500 mg aggrenox and 170 mg aspirin daily for the last 5 and a half years with little to no side effects. When I started aggrenox, I got tremendous headaches. I attributed the headaches to the medication because they developed within an hour of taking the medicine. I told my neurologist and he cut the dose in half. This got rid of the headaches and I slowly increased the dosage so that I was back up to 500 mg/day.
I have no problems going to the dentist or bruising or bleeding.View Thread
Remain optimistic, but listen to your mother's needs as well. I recall my wife insisting that I eat more - it was hard to explain to her that it wasn't her cooking when she was trying so hard to make me better.
With respect to the doctor's comments about medication - certainly that's an aspect that should be examined; however, in my case, I was immediately placed on aggrenox and loss of appetite was not a common side effect. My neurologist just said to be patient - even harder. I thought the food recommendations list he provided a link for is certainly something to look into as well. That said, never eating again looks pretty good compared to eating rhubarb.View Thread
I think that's going to vary from person to person. What your mother is experiencing is different from me. I wanted to eat. I knew I had to eat. But when I did, there was no "excitement" in the taste. This lack of excitement for eating lasted about 6 months.
If your mother lacks all desire to eat - has depression or some other underlying reason for her not wanting to eat been discussed? I ask that because it seems to me that even when I didn't enjoy eating, I knew that I had to eat SOMETHING just to remain healthy, so I forced myself to eat. Vegetables were something I leaned toward because of the texture in my mouth.View Thread
I had a stroke 5 years ago and also lost my appetite. What I recall was that food tasted bland. I sort of used it to my advantage and lost 20 pounds. My sense of taste has returned and some of the weight.
With regard to hitting the recovery wall, I recommend keeping a diary of your symptoms. I felt that I was not recovering, but then realized I was improving when I read the earlier entries. Also, keeping a diary will help with the doctors. Part of the diary was a list of questions and problems. When I showed up at the neurologist, I just handed him the list. The list made the appointments more efficient, which the doctor appreciated as well.View Thread
I had a stroke and two TIAs four years ago and have flown extensively since - even to Denver. The only trip that I canceled was to Australia a month after my stroke. At that time, my doctor said that I would be more than 3 hours from a hospital and could not be administered tPA within the required time frame.
You've mentioned that the doctor said it wasn't a good idea - you might pursue that and ask, "why isn't it a good idea?"View Thread
You may find that there is no designated playbook - every patient is different. You can probably count on your husband needing your support. In the hospital, take the time to ask doctors questions regarding procedures and medications. Afterward, taking him to and from doctor appointments is really the minimum. He may need your help keeping track of symptoms so that you can discuss his progress with the doctors, changing his diet possibly, all sorts of things. There's a pretty good book called My Stroke of Insight that may help. Best of luck.View Thread
Yes. As my doctor explained it - "your body has just gone through a severe trauma, don't expect to be 100% immediately. You should also take this as a message from your body that you need to take it easy for a while and regain your strength slowly.
Of course everyone is different, but take it easy.View Thread