After my stroke I was very sore for several weeks. It seems that in the midst of the stroke, my muscles were contracting pretty hard. Your sister's discomfort sounds like something you should mention to her doctor and press for treatment of some kind. Good luck.
P.S. - recovery can take more than a year - stick with her.View Thread
I suggest reading My Stroke of Insight - it's a book written by a stroke victim that describes many of the trials she went through as she recovered, She also provides information on the medical background of strokes and suggestions for those people who are helping stroke victims. Best of luck as you help your son recover.View Thread
I've discussed this with my neurologist with respect to my own experience and this seems to be a gray area that has become grayer with new medicines like tPA. You're right - as I understand it, the difference between stroke and TIA is the long-term impact and the resulting amount of brain damage. In my own case, the neurologist describes one attack as a stroke and two others as TIAs. However, if I talk to my general practioner, he would say they are all TIAs because the effects of my stroke were relieved in within an hour by the tPA, therefore, short duration and no long lasting effect. At this point, I think of this as 6 and a half dozen.
It seems prudent to assume that the diagnosis is correct and that your father should assess his life and reduce his risk factors for stroke because you're correct he's at risk for a stroke.View Thread
You didn't do anything wrong. Your mother made the choices - she was an adult who could make those choices. Your father didn't cause the stroke by picking on her either. I'm going to guess that like most medications, the label said "MAY" cause stroke not "WILL". Sometimes it's the roll of the dice and just that time. Don't kick yourself - sounds like you enjoyed your mother's company and it's reasonable that you miss her. Enjoy her memory. Best of luck.View Thread
Anxiety=high blood pressure=main risk factor for stroke. If he had physical symptoms of a stroke, then you should have him checked out. To my knowledge, next time, have him do something simple like stick his tongue straight out. It seems to me that anxiety wouldn't prevent him from sticking his tongue straight out, but a stroke would. Good luck.View Thread
Replay of other responses I've made...if your husband had tPA, then he had an ischemic stroke and so had blood flow blocked to some portion of his brain. I have a similar condition. Check with your neurologist on this, but in my case, the dizziness is related to a lack of blood flow to the brain. The dizziness came on whenever I exerted myself - initally that was just standing. My body needed to build up collateral flow around the area using other blood vessels. As I increased my activity level, the blood vessels expanded and eventually the vertigo decreased. I recommend keeping a log of time, activity and vertigo level. I found that when I documented my progress I was much more confident I was getting better.View Thread
I apologize to everyone - I answered the reply. The rehab I had post stroke was to slowly increase activity to improve collateral flow around the damaged artery. During the first week that meant getting up and walking down the hall. That's when I became dizzy. After a month, I could walk around the block stopping about 4-5 times to let the dizziness pass. As I did this, I really enjoyed having someone go along with me - not to pull me along, but to talk to as I waited for the dizziness to subside. It took 6 months before I could do something the doctor considered "active" (golf). After a year I was back to running and biking.View Thread
DMBONDO, Not knowing exactly what type of stroke your husband had, I can only speak from my own experience. I had an ischemic stroke that blocked my right vertebral artery. This reduced blood flow to my brain causing what I called vertigo (dizziness) and light headness. Initially, I had multiple episodes during the day when I could not remain standing - it seemed odd because to everyone around me I appeared normal. As my neurologist explained it, to overcome this bloakage, my body needed to develop collateral flow around the area - smaller blood vessels expanded to provide the necessary flow. But this takes time. I had vertigo experiences for at least a year after the stroke. Over time as collateral flow improved, the vertigo decreased in severity and frequency. My biggest concern initially was that I wasn't getting any better. For both my benefit and my doctors, I began a journal where I documented the vertigo. I set up a scale from 0 (no episode) to 5 (unable to stand; needed recovery time), so I could just right down the time, what I was doing and the rating. I found this useful because it allowed me to really look back and see that I was improving. The doctor appreciated it as well. Over the first 6 months, I could clearly see that I was getting better. Best of luck.View Thread