From Bruce Dobkin MD (Video below)
Edited by Barbara Gabogrecan
A stroke is caused by impaired blood flow or bleeding on the brain; the latter makes up 10-15% of strokes. When you suffer from a stroke, localized tissue in the brain is injured. This can lead to a number of problems, including:-
inability to swallow
loss of sensations etc.
One concern stroke patients have is the fear of having another stroke. You and your doctors, need to be aware of the risk factors e.g. irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation), diabetes, and blood pressure. You also need to be aware that some Cholesterol medication can affect the hips and leg muscles. Many stroke victims also suffer from depression. This is a common response to a stroke, with around 50% of stroke victims experiencing depession.
If your hands are affected (unable to grasp with them or open the hand) and there is no improvement over a period of a month, then there is every chance that this may never improve.
If you have been affected with words e.g. comprehending words from others or finding your own words, then you will have to work hard to re-train the brain. It does not matter how much help you receive (outpatient therapy is important), the bottom line is that you must drive your own determination to improve.
You do tend to plateau after 3-4 months, but it is very important for you to continue setting yourself goals to keep up the improvement. Your caregivers are also important; they are also suffering, but are always trying to make you feel positive and strong. Don’t forget, as you do improve, it is important to think of their needs too.
Hints and Tips
Don’t think ‘why me’? after all….why not you? These things happen and if we waste our energy on negative thoughts, you are less likely to improve. Now is the time for you to be determined and pull on your inner strength to help you through your recovery. Accept who you are now, not who you were or who you might be in the future.
The information in this video is from Bruce Dobkin MD and edited by Barbara Gabogrecan
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