Stroke effects on swallowing

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Avatar m tn My aunt aged 70 is hospitalised due to brain stem stroke and is in ICU. She is yet to regain the consciousness and is still on ventilator. Doctors have stated that there is very little improvement. As of now she lost her limb movements, swallowing capacity and eyelid movements. Though she is chronic diabetic and had bye pass surgery six years back her major organs are functioning normally. It is not clear how long she will be like this. At what point of time recovery process will set in?
Avatar f tn I had a hemorraghic stroke in the cerebellum region 8 months ago. Thankfully it was mild in that I wasn't left with paralysis. The bleed was small (about the size of a quarter) and the vessel closed back on its own. The doctors were unable to determine the cause. I didn't have any of the risk factors. I was told I should be able to return to work in 6 weeks.
Avatar f tn The types and degree of disability that follows a stroke depends on which area of the brain is damaged. Usually the disabilities are paralysis or problems controlling movement, sensory disturbance including using or understanding language, thinking and memory issues, etc. The effects of numbness tongue like speech difficulties and swallowing difficulties have to be tackled with and modifications made to suit.
Avatar n tn my dad had a stroke on may 3 08. Three weeks before that he had a defibrillator put in and they said that a blood clot was losed from the surgary and had went to his brain. his speech and memory was effect along with mood swings. since then he has progressed very well.
Avatar f tn My mom had an episode in August that she describes as heat stroke and dehydration. She had been exposed to warm weather and hadn't had much to drink. That night, for a couple hours she was overheated and couldn't get her body to cool down until she used cold, wet wash cloths on her head and upper body to finally cool herself off. Others in the house were comfortably sleeping under their covers, so the house wasn't overly warm.
1474053 tn?1297825738 She is unable to drink until she passes swallowing test. They have her on fluids and also heparin.... I guess what I am wondering is since I have never been around someone who had a stroke in the first days after one is whether this happens to all stroke victims and if some of it goes away on its own. Its terrifying to see her like this and I read alot of hopeful stories about stroke survivors.
Avatar n tn rolls it around in his mouth until it forms a fall and removes it to his plate. Is something going on with his swallowing? Any ideas?
Avatar f tn s syndrome results from damage to a specific type of nerve called the sympathetic nerves, this could be due to a brainstem stroke or damage to the nerves in the neck or upper chest. Swallowing difficulties could occur if there is a stroke in the brainstem or other brain areas as well, or damage to the nerves involved in swallowing. However, swallowing problems also occur less commonly with problems with esophageal motility.
Avatar n tn t know the answer. I can share with you that my aunt had a stroke, She lost her speech, swallowing, and right side strength. She got her speech and swallowing back. She did have terrible agitation and confusion a few times per week. They had to try two different medications. Risperidone on a very low dose. It did not quite work. Then Depakote. After 7 days on Depakote it affected her swallowing much worse than when she had her stroke. But she could have just has a stroke relapse.
Avatar n tn My 97 year old Mother just had a massive stroke. Her left side is paralized. Can she survive this. She cannot eat of drink anything because of swallowing.
Avatar n tn How quickly one recover from a stroke depends on the extent of damage to the brain, and the intensity and duration of the therapy received. Recovery also is likely to be influenced by the patient's personality, life experiences and coping styles. Being a member of a support group help may help you understand the situation better and may provide you the strength and support that you need most. This link may be of help:
Avatar n tn what medicines are available to treat when a stroke victim has trouble swallowing saliva....there seems to be an excess of it and sometimes its thick and chokes her. We need something to dry it up.
Avatar f tn Hi there! Well, a diagnosis cannot be made on the symptoms alone. The symptoms described could be seen both with mini-strokes/ MS, while the clinical improvement in TIA/ mini-strokes would be faster as compared to MS. The previous episodes of balance, walking and swallowing could or could not be related to neurological causes. I would suggest considering a detailed evaluation by a neurologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
Avatar n tn My 83 year old mother had a massive stroke on the right side of her brain in August, 1988. After 6 weeks rehabilitation at Edwin Shaw Hospital, she was released to a skilled nursing unit in a nursing home. The first week she did great. Although partially paralyzed on her left side, she could stand and walk with maximum assistance. She could move her left shoulder, pull her left arm back and lift her left leg; her speech and swallowing improved as well as her ability to focus.
Avatar m tn Sept 19th, went to ER. right side was numb, could not feel or move right side, (leg, arm, right side of face), speech was messed up, memory and comprehesion was messed. would guess it was a 60% lost. They did an MRI, said they didn't see any signs of a stroke. Said it was a complicated migrane. sent me home next day. put me in outpatient therapy to walk again. Dec 3rd. Same thing, but worse, took out 100%. said stroke didn't show on mri. put me rehab center for 5 weeks.
Avatar n tn you may have mild difficulty swallowing your own saliva - it needs to be evaluated by a skilled speech / swallowing pathologist. sometimes, you get placed on a special type of medicine (ACE Inhibitors) for blood pressure - and that can result in a dry cough but it is reversible if you stop the medicine.
Avatar n tn My husband had a brainstem stroke 10/3/07 at the age of 41, and he also had some swallowing issues following the stroke. He did not end up needing a PEG tube but had great difficulty in trying to swallow anything and had to use suction to help get out the food he was not able to swallow. When he was in the hospital and inpatient rehab, they had a speech therapist come to assess his swallowing ability, and the therapists gave him swallowing exercises to help improve his ability.
Avatar n tn It sounds like your mother has unforunately had a stroke. If her weakness on the left side of her body, this implies her stroke is likely on the right side of her brain. In most patients, this means that language skills are not usually too affected, though speech may be slurred. If her stroke is in the area of the brain called the cortex, she may neglect (not pay attention to) the left side of her environment.
Avatar f tn t intiate a swallow. She has not had a stroke or any thing we know of to cause this. It came on her slowly. She now has a feeding tube in her to keep her alive. She has been through every test imaginable, but no one as of yet has diagnosis the problem. She sometimes chokes on her saliva when she is sleeping too. This has affected all of our lives. It's so sad. Does anyone know where we can go to get help. We live in Maine.
Avatar n tn he says he wants to urinate but does not urinate then after a brief time he urinates withut his knowledge....(he is showing all the effects of stroke - slurred speach, difficulty in swallowing, sleep apnea, incontinence bladder and bowel movement, vision has come down...) does any of u had similar experiences with your loved ones...he was showing positive response and recovery slowly over the 4 years and now we are afraid whether all these efforts of 4 years will go waste...
Avatar f tn We slept out in the living room with the lights on again. I didn't get an extremely refreshing night's sleep, but then again, I was only a little bit paranoid and I was able to fall asleep despite my paranoia. I slept the entire night, too. I just didn't wake up fully refreshed. I did wake up feeling like I slept more than 4-5 hours, which is how much sleep I get if I sleep in the bedroom.
Avatar n tn She is still in ICU and suffering from her sad situation. The stroke affected on her left arm and leg. Fortunately, she is completely aware of everything . However the most painful part is the swallowing problem. She is still get food through the nose tubs, so her mouth and tongue are very dry. Her extremely dry mouth and not able to drink is driving her nuts and not sure what to do to help her. Her doctors don’t tell us how many days more she has to suffer this way.
Avatar f tn Started treating on 9/15/16 with Zepatier. So far not much side effects. Brain fog, mild headache, not much of an appetite (yay on that ) anxiety attacks over swallowing these huge pills. But have gotten 3 down so far.
968908 tn?1274871115 So what do i think is going on, well i think two things are going on here, first there is my GAD/phobias that is causing tension but i also think i have an underlying nervous system illness that has been undignosed. I am finding it difficult to walk, sometimes if i start to do something generally easy in stamina i start to feel a tension buildup in my spinal cord, this causes me to start to feel irritable and restless and like im going to have a seizure.
Avatar n tn Also check whether the patient is on synthroid. Synthoid has a side effect. It stops swallowing in many stroke patients.