Stroke victim recovery

Common Questions and Answers about Stroke victim recovery


Avatar f tn I would follow your doctor's advice as they have experience in this area. There's lot of information on this site and other ones about strokes and stroke recovery. I wish all the best to you there, Ann. Just remind yourself to be patient and be strong. Don't try to do it all by yourself. Surround yourself with some support and ask any questions here. I found alot of people have given some great advice and information with my mother's own situation. Remember, you are NOT alone.
Avatar n tn But let me tell you something about hemorrhagic stroke. This kind of stroke is almost of the worst types because of its life threatening conditions. But as a physical therapist, I never give up, and the one who know better about your nephew's condition is his physician. Also, there is so much we can do as health care team/physical therapist and you as a family (talk to your physical therapist and discuss that with him, he should know).
Avatar n tn I have tried searching the internet for realistic expectations about her chances for recovery, but all of them are quite vague and only give general stroke recovery statistics without regard to the immediate aftermath of the stroke. For instance, a person obviously has a better chance at recovery if they never lose consciousness or if they are unconcious for only a short time. Can someone give me some blunt, realistic outlook on her prospects?
Avatar n tn My father had a similar sounding stroke on Dec. 8, 2006. He seemed pretty alert, spoke well, could swallow, etc. His major problems were left side paralysis and double vision. After about three weeks, he took his first steps and within 2 weeks of that was walking 40 feet with a walker. He was not able to start moving his left hand until about 4 weeks in. At that point, he could move all fingers and make a loose fist.
Avatar m tn I am stroke victim and the one thing that Ive found in looking for answers is that every stroke is different in each individual. The one thing we all have to hold on to is hope.
Avatar m tn Hello, I know that for every stroke victim it's a case by case scenerio, but I was looking to get some kind of sense of my 48 year old girlfriend's progress in her recovery progress. It has been two weeks since she suffered a left side thalamic hemmorhagic stroke on 8/17/09 that left her right side paralyzed and her speech jibberishy.
Avatar m tn My nearly 84 year old mother suffered a "major" stroke 2 days ago. She has not opened her eyes, though she shows signs of awareness and can follow directions when asked. She is sleeping allot. Initially she lost movement on her left side, but it very slowly seems to be coming back. She is saying words, though they are hard to understand. She is receiving IV fluids. The doctor said they would give her another day and see if she "wakes up".
Avatar f tn Hi, like I mentioned it is difficult to predict the outcome of a stroke, as this depends on the location and extent of damage caused to the brain. Some stroke patients do appear to have 100 percent recovery. And many regain a great deal of their abilities. If the "stroke" is stabilized, and there is no further bleeding or clotting I would remain optimistic. Wishing you good luck. Regards.
Avatar n tn Hi Gooch, I am sorry to hear about your father’s Stroke. Recovery of the stroke happens in phases. 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.
Avatar n tn The whole problem here is that the medical world does not have any clue as how to approach getting stroke survivors back to full recovery. They are hoping that your spontaneous recovery in 6-12 months is enough to satisfy you. What needs to be done is idenfify the penumbra and those functions, these are helped by standard therapy protocols because you still have a limited ability to do those functions and repetition will help recover them.
Avatar n tn My mother suffered an acute subdural hematoma after falling down the stairs, hitting her head. She had surgery to drain the blood within a 2 hour window. Her recovery was outstanding at first, and was sent home a week later. She seemed to be pretty close to 100% mentally - able to carry on inteligent conversations with no problems. All of a sudden a couple days after she had been taken home, she began to be unable to "spit out" what she was trying to say.
Avatar m tn or technique you anyone is aware of that that can be used to determine if a recent Stroke victim is conscious/aware or his surroundings? Here is a little more background: my father just had a massive Stroke and he cannot eat, swallow, or speak ... and is paralyzed on his upper right side of his body. His left arm and both legs are just fine, though. In fact, his left arm is still very strong and he lifts it up to scratch his nose, rub his face, etc.
Avatar m tn As for whether it's reversible, I suppose they could still operate and get the clot out, that is sure to be in your brain, and if nothing else, they can get you involved in stroke victim rehab so as to help you regain some of your lost mental skills. On the other hand, it is possible that you have actually just had something happen to your right eye, like if pressure gets too high in the eyeball, this happens to all sorts of people and is called glaucoma, it can damage your eye.
Avatar m tn Hi Pam, I've been extremely busy these past weeks so haven't had time to post. Dad is doing ok, he's at home & living semi independently. He needs somebody with him all the time in case he wanders off though he does seem to have a good sense of danger. Communication is still the big problem. Sometimes he responds , other times he just ignores us. Speech is very clear when he's reading aloud but when he talks its very jumbled.
Avatar n tn My 76 year old healthy aunt recently suffered and survived a ruptured brain aneurysm. It's been about a month into her recovery, and while she has not lost language, she's slow to remember anything about herself or her family. On most days, her twin sister will ask her if she knows her, and she'll shake her head "no". But then, a few minutes later, she'll call her by name.
Avatar f tn Depression plays a large part in dealing with a stroke victim but try not to feed it, this is something the doctor and physical therapist told my sister (whom our mother live with and she also work) which I think is something easier said that done. I talk to my sister and mother every weekend (if not more) and go home when I can. I try my hardest to not show how much the situation affects me but it really does.
Avatar f tn I am eternally grateful for all of my father's doctors and what they did for him. Stroke recovery is a slow process, not only for the stroke victim, but for the family as well. It takes a while to process the event and all of the pain. Dad was making a miraculous recovery considering the extent of his brain injury. He regained great movement on his left, affected side and was walking with the use of a walker. Mentally he is still himself, with a few more hiccups.
Avatar n tn It may be weeks before you really know how much damage was done. Typically, the first 90 days after a stroke will show the best rate of recovery. The next 90 days will be a bit slower and so on until one year out. Typically after one year, the rate of recovery slows to a crawl. I'm told that the brain recovers at a 20 to 1 ratio. That is to say as an example, if you bruised your arm and it took 1 month to heal, the same insult to the brain may take 20 months.
Avatar n tn For a victim of a hemorrhagic stroke, surviving the first 48 hours without expanded bleeding is the first order of business. Many do not survive. Then the deficits caused by the hemorrhage must be addressed. These depend upon the location and severity of the hemorrhage. An acute rehab center is the best treatment facility, with outpatient rehab for as many weeks/months as insurance will allow. Every patient is different; every stroke is different.
Avatar n tn Most gains in a person's ability to function in the first 30 days after a stroke are due to spontaneous recovery. For a stroke survivor, the rehabilitation goal is to be as independent and productive as possible. That may mean improving physical abilities. Often old skills have been lost and new ones are needed. It's also important to maintain and improve a person's physical condition when possible. A person's family has a key role in rehabilitation.
Avatar f tn Hi Sara, & Schaap, Hope your both doing well. Im hurting a bit atm, so this will be short. Schaap, yes I have stroke-like side effects, and I feel them every day. The first year I was a basket case, thinking I was stroking again. Sadly enough, it was so over whelming that I had to really say to hell with it. If I go down, I go down, but I cant waste the rest of my life, afraid of a stroke.
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