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Dr. Poonam Manasa
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Stroke Recovery (Definition)

Recovering from stroke usually involves a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and nutritionists. Many patients will need some sort of rehabilitation after leaving the hospital in a skilled nursing facility or stroke rehab center before they are ...Read more


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What can I do to improve this feeling of stiffness, after stroke recovery? I've already had months of rehab, but I'm so frustrated.

What can I do to improve this feeling of stiffness, after stroke recovery?  I've already had months of rehab, but I'm so frustrated.

Post-stroke: stiffness. Please consider taking some training in qigong. See www.nqa.org to find a teacher. Tai chi may be an alternative but qigong would be better. Get some massage if you can. See abmp.com for referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

Many things: The braces are used to maintain alignment and prvent contractures. Also maintain stability when rehab is initiated. ...Read more

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Would medical marijuana help my stroke recovery?

Would medical marijuana help my stroke recovery?

Uncertain: I have not read the actual studies that suggest it might aid in recovery. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/03/cannabis-may-help-stroke-recovery_n_4376100.html ...Read more

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Should I go to my primary care, neurologist or seek a pain specialist to deal with scatia pain? In stroke recovery and on 60 mg of baclofen daily.

Should I go to my primary care, neurologist or seek a pain specialist to deal with scatia pain? In stroke recovery and on 60 mg of baclofen daily.

First clarify the Dx: So if you can because by a variety of medical conditions. It would be wise to see your primary physician and then depending on what the outcome of that evaluation and then a neurologist. The pain physician may not be in the diagnostic room on this ...Read more

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After brain stroke recovery in hospital suddenly ammonia 99, encephalopathy, unconcious,breathing on own, feeding thrgh tube, 3 days now , not conciou?

After brain stroke recovery in hospital suddenly ammonia 99, encephalopathy, unconcious,breathing on own, feeding thrgh tube, 3 days now , not conciou?

Elevated ammonia: will need to be brought down to below 76 (1.5 x upper limit of normal) This can be achieved with lactulose and neomycin or similar treatment. Recovery of consciousness will hopefully occur soon. Might want to check an EEG (will see what are called triphasics with hepatic encephalopathy) Also they can make sure there is no sub-clinical seizure activity. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to deal with a stomach virus/diaherra with high blood pressure. I'm in stroke recovery.

Is there anything I can take to deal with a stomach virus/diaherra with high blood pressure. I'm in stroke recovery.

Drink fluids: If this is diarrhea due to a virus, then the best thing to do is to keep hydrated and let the body fight off the viral infection. If you want you can take immodium (loperamide) for the diarrhea. If this does not get better I would advise you go see your regular doctor. ...Read more

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How to heal pons stroke?

How to heal pons stroke?

Rehab: Time will heal. Make sure you are taking the medicationg prescribed. Be active with physical and speech therapy. ...Read more

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Superficial left pontine tegmentum tiny 3 mm t2 hyperintensity in keeping with a perivascular space on mri. Could this be from a stroke?

Superficial left pontine tegmentum tiny 3 mm t2 hyperintensity in keeping with a perivascular space on mri. Could this be from a stroke?

Stroke : Not to worry. Perivascular spaces (Virchow-Robin spaces) are normal and not caused by a stroke. They can occur throughout the brain. The perivascular spaces vary in size (up to 5 mm) and are associated with arteries in the brain. ...Read more

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4 months post pontine stroke in a previously healthy 44yr old male. Orgasm causes severe neck pain, nausea and dizziness lasting 2-4 hours.

4 months post pontine stroke in a previously healthy 44yr old male. Orgasm causes severe neck pain, nausea and dizziness lasting 2-4 hours.

Worrisome: So the stroke victim is apparently not you. Something about this case smells to me like the stroke was due to a top-of-the-basilar occlusion or basilar artery dissection or both. My advice is to lay off the whoopee pending a thorough reassessment by a neurologist including possibly repeat imaging studies viz. MRI and MRA. ...Read more

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My husband suffered from brain stroke in pons area one and a half year back..He is recovering but is unable to walk as his left side is still weak.

My husband suffered from brain stroke in pons area one and a half year back..He is recovering but is unable to walk as his left side is still weak.

Your Question?: Are you wondering if he will walk again? That depends. His ability to recouperate is based on many factors including his overall health and age. Physical therapy is key though to maximizing any potential recovery. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence of korean red ginseng extract helping the recovery of stroke patients?

Is there any evidence of korean red ginseng extract helping the recovery of stroke patients?

Wrong question: There is no systematic evidence that korean ginseng is good for anything, let alone stroke. Ginseng is one of those bogus "ancient wisdom" things. Its use is based on a superstition called the "doctrine of signatures:" because the root looks like a little headless man, the ancients got this delusion that it would cure things. Arm yourself with modern knowledge, not ancient superstition. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of having a full recovery in case of paralysis due to stroke?

What kind of likelihood is there of having a full recovery in case of paralysis due to stroke?

I have seen it : Now, don't carve in stone, but I have seen amazing recoveries over a 4-6 month period of time in cases of hemiparesis, where i felt there was no hope. This is relatively uncommon, but does happen. So, work hard in rehab program, take your med, exercise, and stay optimistic. Good luck. ...Read more

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My father suffered a stroke in February 2014. His recovery is not to a very significant amount.

My father  suffered a stroke in February 2014. His recovery is not to a very significant amount.

May take time: Based upon information provided, can only respond generically. Your father may do best with a concerted rehab program, which includes physical and occupational therapies, but also speech therapy. Exercise within capacity and hydration and diet all could help. ...Read more

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Is full recovery possible in ischemic stroke? To what extend recovery can be done in this case? ( answer in %)

Possible: If it is a small ischemic stroke then full recovery is possible. Unless your are left handed, it would be unusual to have aphasia from a right brain stroke. If you mean right sided weakness that would be more typical. I would need to see the MRI to give you a % of possible recovery that would be possible but certainly improvement from your current condition is a possibility. ...Read more

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When a person has a left side Istemic stroke, how detrimental is it to recovery if they do not get therapy in the first month? Thank you

When a person has a left side Istemic stroke, how detrimental is it to recovery if they do not get therapy in the first month?  Thank you

Pretty bad... get PT: Studies have shown that the sooner after a stroke that you start physical therapy, the better, more, & faster you recover. Waiting a month after a stroke allows muscles to weaken & waste away, so in general, doctors recommend starting range of motion within 1 week, & intense physical therapy within about 2 weeks after a stroke. Talk to your doctor / physiatrist about your condition. ...Read more

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Is it normal for stroke patience to actively suppress their recovery.

Depends on stroke: For the most part, stroke patients do their best to recover and feel better. Unfortunately stroke in some locations in the brain can cause patients to be unaware of their deficits or impair their will and drive to get better. In situations like this, recovery can be challenging. Physical therapists and rehab physicians are good in recognizing those patients and working with them effectively. ...Read more

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Gungho exec, ready to retire, devastating stroke at 64. Some recovery but so very sad. How can I help my husband?

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it's not uncommon to see depression after a stroke -- and I am not talking about mental or emotionally related but it is caused by the brain injury from the stroke. The best thing you can do is to support him physically and mentally as he needed -- also physical therapy and occupational therapy as instructed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a year post stroke 100% physical recovery but have memory and focus issues. Also get overwhelmed and distracted easily is there anything to help?

Help: These post stroke problems are not at all unusual. For help I would emphasize stress management techniques and avoidance of sleeping pills, tranquilizers and alcohol. Working with a psychologist or psychiatrist is worthwhile. Also with more time these problems will usually improve as well and continued improvement after strokes goes on for months and years as brain function recovery is ongoing. ...Read more

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