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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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My dad had an ischemic stroke on Thurs. & was given TPA (alteplase). He has a "minimal" bleed on his brain. Does this heal itself, and what is the recovery time?

My dad had an ischemic stroke on Thurs. & was given TPA (alteplase). He has a "minimal" bleed on his brain. Does this heal itself, and what is the recovery time?

Yes, it heals: There is always healing as long as we are alive. The extent of healing and the recovery time depends mainly on characteristics of the patient and degree of injury. If your father is young and healthy or stroke is minor, relatively short recovery time. If old and sick or stroke is major, longer recovery. The blood will get slowly absorbed over weeks but this has very little to do with recovery.

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

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.

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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?

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

Support: So sorry -- 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.

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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.

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Please tell me the probability of someone having a full recovery from a stroke?

Please tell me the probability of someone having a full recovery from a stroke?

Depends: It is not possible to provide the probability of recovery as it depends on the size and location of a stroke. The physicians treating the person should be able to give an assessment of possible recovery based on the information obtained from brain scans. A stroke can be small and leave no residual deficits or could be large and cause longstanding difficulties with mobility and self-care.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Is it possible for the brain to swell even after recovery from a stroke?

Is it possible for the brain to swell even after recovery from a stroke?

No: The brain swelling associated with a stroke typically maximizes within 24-36 hrs, and gradually diminishes over the next several days.

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What is a good recovery after stroke loss of speech and orientation/memory?

Question is unclear: A good recovery would consist of complete return of speech and orientation but that's not what you're asking, no doubt. Could you please re-phrase?