Stroke recovery and age

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Avatar n tn Well, I am sorry to hear this, however, not being an expert by any means, my dad at age 85 just had a major stroke a little over a month ago and some would probably consider him to be in that almost coma state. Keep in mind, and of course with me not knowing all the details, he is probably on some sort of sedation/medication for stroke and possibly to prevent a seizure. This could be keeping him that way.
Avatar f tn Hello Dear, There has been association between hyperthermia and stroke. Hyperthermia and fluctuations is usually not considered a good sign. It has to be also related with the time of onset of fever after the traumatic brain injury. Hope for the best. Miracles do happen. Best.
Avatar n tn Hi, This will depend on her age and the type and severity of the stroke she had. Other existing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, if present, may also need to be addressed. Complete recovery is unusual but not impossible. You can read more about this through this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroke#Subtypes Take care and regards.
Avatar f tn Other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and age. Other stroke like symptoms can occur from seizure activity and migraine. The best approach to fully evaluate your symptoms is to be referred to a neurologist. He/she may want to obtain an updated MRI using a stroke protocol that includes DWI imaging. (This would evaluate for the prior stroke but also for other conditions such as a mass or demyelination from infection or autoimmune disorders).
144586 tn?1284669764 My little sweety-pie is one hundred and two years and eight months old. And she was given up by the medical establishment at age 100. She could not say a word and had no facial expression. Her face was assymetrical and she looked like a concentration camp inmate. It was only after six months did she say her first word, and then the words came slowly. She still hasn't completely recovered, but smiles and laughs and can say "I love you," very clearly. And every day is a day of laughter.
Avatar m tn It is difficult to see her suffer. Are there any options or ideas that would enhance her recovery and suit her age? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Avatar f tn Hi, How is your mother-in-law? Recovery from stroke is a lifelong process and depends on a variety of factors such as how well the body is responding, type of stroke, severity of symptoms, how much the body is involved, medical condition of the patient ( presence of heart conditions), age, and over-all health. It is important that her heart condition is managed also as well as prevention of other medical complications that may arise.
Avatar n tn Hi, Stroke rehabilitation, or, in more optimistic terms, stroke recovery, is the process by which patients with disabling strokes undergo treatment to help them return to normal life as much as possible by regaining and relearning the skills of everyday living. For most stroke patients, the rehabilitation process includes nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), therapeutic recreation (TR) and speech therapy (or speech language therapy, SLP).
Avatar m tn My father, at the age of 65, went from COMPLETLY independant...to bordering at catatonic... he had a stroke 5/8...had complete loss of expressive language, and mild loss of receptive language...his major problem was in his mouth/tonge and throat...he was unable to swallow, talk clearly etc...but he was making improvments everyday...talking more, begining to try and eat etc... then 5 days ago (5/21) he had another stroke...this one was a "mini stroke.
Avatar n tn My dad age 80 had a hemorrhagic stroke 2 years ago. We all rushed to the hospital because the doctors told us he didn't have long to live. Well, he made it through that. He left the hospital and went to a rehab facility. After 2 weeks they told us he had reached his potential and would not give him more rehab. We kept fighting and after about 2 months we got him into an acute rehab facility. They worked hard with him for 2 weeks and after that he was able to come home.
Avatar n tn Vital Stim Therapy has been used to greatly improve swallowing, Zolpidem (Ambien) has for some reason helped stroke and coma patients, and hope, faith and prayers can work wonders too.
Avatar n tn Progress can continue years after the stroke. Passively waiting for stroke recovery will not accomplish anything. Your parents are now enablers of his passivity. Read Peter Levines blog on cavemen and strokes. Good luck.
Avatar n tn It always takes a lot longer than we want it to, but it gets better everyday. Talking to other stroke survivors was a big way for me to help the recovery start quicker and helped me understand things better than my doctors did. I will ask you any questions you may have. I wish you well.
Avatar n tn My dad (age 52) had hist first stroke 4 months ago and it left his left side weakened and his left eye blind. He was walking alright with a cane. Then a month ago he had a 2nd stroke. He did not get tpa because it was out of the 3 hour window. The 2nd stroke left his motor functions disabled. Now he can only look at us and move his lips. The doctor yesterday said he will stay that way permanently because the blood vessel or something back of his brain did not grow around the blocked area.
374661 tn?1199915475 At the age of 44, my aunt had a massive stroke. That was about, I would say over 5 years ago. They didnt think she was going to make it. They told my parents 2 prepare, that she is basically a vegetable. My aunt was not responding and after a few months in the hospital and in recovery, she did a 360 and is almost back to "normal" again. Although paralyized on her right side (and of course she is a righty) she has an aid with her but does everything herself.
Avatar n tn The neurosurgeon did not offer much hope for us to survive the stroke nor in her recovery. She has already beat the odds. My mom was in ICU for 3 weeks and step-down 1 week and in rehab hospital for two months now. I have come to learn the dr.'s don't like or really now prognosis on recovery because everyone recovers differently. I have been told over and over again they don't know why some gain more function than others. My mom pulled out her breathing tube which she had for 2.
Avatar m tn Hello and hope you are doing well. That is a difficult question to answer. First off, so-called "strokes" can be caused by either clots or bleeds. Sometimes you start with a clot, take anticoagulants and end up with a bleed. The etiology of the stroke is important. For example, a small stroke can be caused by simple dehydration. The human brain has great redundancy. In some cases memory is damaged. In other strokes only partial paralysis may be involved, which may disappear.
Avatar m tn I never heard , before this, of someone who can't move just their left arm and leg. Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and yet you hear very little about it. I wish something could have been done to prevent this from happening.
Avatar n tn I greatly appreciate your stories of recovery after hemorrhagic stroke. My 81-year-old husband had this type of stroke on 7/3. It was a rather large bleed in the back right portion of his brain. Many of your experiences sound exactly like mine. He is on a ventilator and feeding tube, although he has been breathing for up to 10 hours without the vent. He has just begun opening his eyes and blinking them, and also lifting his right arm a bit.
Avatar n tn At his age and with his condition, what can we hope for as far as recovery? He has a living will which states that he is not to be kept alive by artifical means, including hydration and nutrition. The feeding tube was put in place before the type of stroke was determined. He has also given us explicite instructions that he is never to go into a nursing home, which is where he would have to go.
Avatar m tn However the chances of complete recovery are greater. Find out about canine stroke recovery period and how to look after your dog post attack... Dogs usually suffer from strokes only after they are over 8 years of age, unless there is something drastically wrong with the dog's health. Strokes never do come with a warning and often just happen without any prior signs. If your dog is twitching on the floor or has fallen unconscious, the probability of a stroke is very high.
633670 tn?1389227011 My cat, Calamity Jane Grey, had a stroke at age 21 1/3. She was bent to the left and used the wall as a support to get where she needed to go. Her box habits and appetite were good, though; she was a fighter. She responded to an enzyme treatment out vet prescribed for feline stroke patients, until age overcame her will to live. If your kitty is anything at all like my Cammie, he'll pull through, especially with the advantage of relative youth.
Avatar m tn For ischemic strokes, thrombolytics can be used to help dissolve the clot quickly. Ideally, thrombolytics must be given within 3 hours of the first stroke symptoms. And if he is at risk for bleeding, its best he continue with plavix only. Most functional recovery occurs within the first 3 months. After this, further recovery is possible, but it is generally limited. So, if his symptoms are improving you can be optimistic. Continue with his medications and physiotherapy. Good Luck. Regards.
Avatar m tn This, unfortunately, happens quite often to young women who are someitmes left with devastating stroke effects. Usually, young age bodes well for recovery -- which means had she gotten the same stroke much later, it could have been much much worse. Not at all encouraging but still. Keep doing therapy, even at home -- it can only do good.
Avatar n tn It goes on over a period of time that can range from a few weeks to a few years. Every stroke is different and the extent of damage varies in each patient. Recovery does occur even if a part of the brain is damaged. The brain is a remarkable organ. When the blood supply to a part is cut off, new pathways can take over and supply blood to that damaged area. Interestingly, the brain can make compensations.
Avatar n tn My mother, age 42, had a hemorraghic stroke about a year ago. She is recovering very well, and is expected to make a full recovery. However, the doctor said she has permanently lost her peripheral vision, impairing her ability to drive and get to work. She often cries and gets upset about this fact, and prays that there is a way she can get this vision back. My question is there any way possible (surgery, etc.) that my mother can get her peripheral vision back after a hemorraghic stroke?
Avatar n tn I would very like to help your grandma, please can you tell me more about her state and since how long she has the stroke... and in which state she is now, if coma or speaking, and some info about her previous disease... if something more than hypertension.
Avatar f tn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroke How much of fuctioning he will re-gain and rate of recovery varies from person to person.
Avatar n tn I had a stroke at the age of 21 (3 months ago)and I suffered from really bad headaches. Since the stroke they took me off the Pill and I haven't had one as bad since, I have had small ones but not as bad.
Avatar n tn It is common for a person at that age to overcome the strain and stress. Comparing to his post stroke days, he might be less physically active now and might be a lessened muscle tone due to stroke. It is better to take as much rest as possible and not to stress too much as chronic fatigue can set in. It is a good suggestion to get sleep study as said by Mr. Dean to rule out any other sleep problems like sleep apnea.