Stroke recovery and rehabilitation

Common Questions and Answers about Stroke recovery and rehabilitation


Avatar n tn The family would like rehabilitation for her, but the doctors give her very poor prognosis and won't order any. They also give the reason for not ordering rehab, because of her not doing so much. I am wondering how I can help my Mom. Is there anything else we can do besides the range of motion? I don't feel her current doctor is doing the best for her because of the poor prognosis.
Avatar n tn Hi, I suffered a small pons stroke and have been lucky enough to regain most of my functions. I do have some balance, coordination and vision (double vision) problems. I understand from rehab that doing vestibular exercises will not help, but I am wondering what exercises you can recommend to strengthen my stability. I walk on a treadmill, and try and use a balance board. Is there anything else I can be doing to improve balance. I do not buy into giving up.
Avatar m tn pdf[/url] researchers found that cycles of heat and cold significantly enhanced the sensory and motor function in the arms and hands of stroke survivors after a few weeks of therapy. If you see this doctor again ask why he didn't know of these therapies. Why is he so incompetent?
Avatar n tn These include nursing staff, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and usually a physician trained in rehabilitation medicine. Some teams may also include psychologists and social workers and pharmacists. Patients may demand access to state of the art treatment with the help of their own doctor. Zoloft is an anti-depressant whick causes sleepiness. This maybe hindering his co-operation with rehabilitation.
Avatar m tn Hello and hope you are doing well. Stroke can be ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of blockage to an artery. For this therapy with clot dissolving drugs (thrombolytics), should be initiated early. Aspirin, an anti-thrombotic drug, is given immediately after an ischemic stroke to reduce the likelihood of having another stroke. Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), needs to be given within 4.
Avatar n tn The American Heart Association (AHA) does recommend that a regular exercise program be done as part of the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Although there are general recommendations on what should be in the program, each exercise regimen should be unique and tailored to the needs of the patient and should be developed in consultation with their doctor.
Avatar n tn I just suffered a cerebral stroke and am now recovering and was discharged yesterday. My left side is weak and there is light-headedness occasionally and imbalance whenever I try to take steps. What is your best recommendation (specific please) to accelerate my recovery? I am only 40. Thank you.
Avatar f tn as the answer to your question I should say that most results of rehabilitation and improvements will be made in the first 6 months after stroke. but its not all of that. I had a patient who was injured after a surgery and was hemiplegic. when I was working with her I could see that she could open her fingers after 8 years! that was a good experience for me to never stop rehabilitation for brain injured patients. now you should continue rehabilitation and never get disappointed. good luck!
Avatar n tn It's my understanding that every stroke effects people differently and in the case of eye sight, some people recover and some don't. Just NEVER GIVE UP.
Avatar n tn He now has scoliosis because of poor posture, massive headaches and ear aches, hallucinations, and other problems due to being depressed and given up. We really want to find a home where he can be among people with the same rehabilitation challenges. It would be ideal if the home offered psychologist and a physical therapist; however, even if the home had one or the other it would be better than his situation right now. He just sits at home doing nothing.
Avatar n tn Hi Sorry to hear about your dad's stroke :( My stroke paralysed both my arm & leg. Whilst it is easier to get the leg going in a useful way (it's a much simpler limb), it is possible to get the arm/hand going again - depending on what part of the brain the stroke affected & how much work your dad is willing to put in. He needs to be in therapy for his arm & continue to do the exercises as much as he can outside of formal therapy (not forgetting to allow plenty of rest time).
Avatar m tn Hi, my dad suffered a stroke 3 months. He is 73 yrs old and was alcoholic and heavy smoker and had industrial deafness. He has lost his speech though now he starts speaking though you can only understand possibly 1 word out 20. He has loss use of his right side bodily functions and is incontinent. He cant even sit in a wheelchair and is bed ridden. What can i do and what is best case scenario???
Avatar m tn Helping a person recover from stroke is collectively termed as stroke rehabilitation. For the motor skills physiotherapy is needed. Techniques such as exercise, manipulation, massage, skills training and electrical treatment are used. Consult a neuro physiotherapist and follow the instructions at home. To improve memory functions, you could try a lot of ‘brain teasers’.
Avatar m tn Hello and hope you are doing well. Understand your predicament. Therapy for stroke is with rehabilitation and medications. Depending on the patients need, rehabilitation may include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy. Medications are given to control any high risk factors like diabetes or hypertension. So, for now she will have to continue with the rehabilitation protocol her doctor has advised.
Avatar f tn Also why are the doctors unable to tell us the cause of the stroke? We do know there was a 3 cm lesion and swelling and bleeding but is it from a clot or a tumor ? Will he regain his ability to write? What are the odds of a full or near full recovery and what I fear a relapse?
478387 tn?1210765908 I suffered a stroke after dissecting my carotid. My carotid was not operated on and closed 100%. My doc says it is safer for me to leave it alone. A partially opened artery is a great risk for strokes. You want 100% open or 100% closed. He explained to me that the other arteries in the brain can supply the brain with enough blood. I think the operation risk outweighs the gain. I know that it can be a little hard to accept. Hope this helps.
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 n tn He has a high stress, long hour executive position and went back to work approximately 3 months following his surgery and stroke. Recently his boss has told him that he feels my husband has lost his "edge", doesn't shift priorities fast enough, takes too many notes, etc. This has been a blow to my husband as he's not sure if it's true or not. I'm not sure how to help him handle this situation that has him questioning his competency.
Avatar m tn We have all gone back to our prospective states and are worried about not being there to assist in his recovery process. Calling him on the phone at times is not an option as he goes in and out of being very confused. What can we do to keep him encouraged, motivated, active and an active participant in his own recovery? Our reality is that we can't move down there. It breaks our heart not being there to assist him.
Avatar f tn My dad has recently (within the last week) had a mild stroke. He is only 48 and reasonably healthy so it came has a huge shock. The stroke was a clot to the left side of his brain. His memory has not been affected and his doctors are very impressed with the progress of his recovery in the short time since the stroke. They believe after all of his rehabilitation he should be back to 100% independance. The outlook is good in that respect even though at the moment its all still very saddening.
Avatar f tn Hi Shari, I had a stroke about a year ago and I hope I can ease your worries a little. I can tell you 100% that your emotions change right after a stroke. Crying is very common. I can tell you that I had about a 6 month time right after my stroke that I cried at least one time everyday, mosts days several times. You have to understand that some of this crying is not all of time emotional. Sometimes crying is like a reflex is the best way I can describe it.
Avatar f tn My 88 year-old Father turning hopefully 89 in June 2011 had a massive stroke right side of brain and is therefore paralyzed entirely on his left side and also prostrate cancer in all of his bones. First of all, at the hospital he wasn't accepted to rehab. The horrible doctors gave him no chance whatsoever (Eugene Oregon) and said to give him all he wants and to seek out hospice. Just two weeks later he got into rehab and is back at his home for elderly.
Avatar n tn There are several references of stroke recovery ad one full chapter on stroke recovery. I have a 4 year daughter that has suffered a stroke and has left hemiparesis and epilepsy. She also has mild dysphagia. I have a exp working with stroke and TBI pts and have had training in a number of therapies. IMO, the absoulte best and most effective treatment out there for stroke pts is constraint induced movement therapy. I have been doing this with my daughter and she is making tremendous strides.
1041487 tn?1256331319 Sorry about your mom but you have entered the medical know nothing zone. As Sargeant Schultz used to say,"I know nuthin." Stroke knowledge and rehabilitation answers are impossible to find. Ask your doctor to show you a three dimensional map of the affected area of her brain and especially the penumbra. Ask what those areas controlled and what therapy would be effective. Do not take , we can't do anything for her.
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 so the power of neuroplasticity in the brain is high, specially if you stimulate it by practice 2- the first 6 months after stroke is the golden time for rehabilitation so do rehabilitation every day and regularly. it doesn't mean that after there is no result for rehabilitation, but this period is more important 3- don't forget that practice all the day I don't know how many houres do you practice a day but I always tell to my patients, the more practice, more result.
Avatar n tn Who are the best therapists working in your clinic for stroke rehabilitation and why do you consider them to be the best? Who do I work with if depression takes hold? What books on stroke recovery do you recommend? What internet sites/forums do you consider best for stroke patients? There are at least 15 out there. Please describe the area using pictures/scans that were affected by the stroke. What functions would normally be affected by a stroke in that area? How large is the penumbra?
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.