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Old 09-01-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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Talking Stroke Paralysis, pregnancy and other related questions

Friends, I am new here and need your able suggestion and help, re: Stroke paralysis, pregnancy plus other related questions that could possibly bring light not only to me but to others, too, who may read this message.

My story:
I am a stroke victim for more than 3 years now (more reason was stress due to studies and my blood pressure went up). Based on me , I am more or less 80%-85% well because I can walk now and do some light work at home, go to the grocery store on my own, etc. than when I started as a bed-ridden patient. I am half-body paralyzed, right side, with little movement in the arms and hands but not opening the fingers (I can close them though). I can talk with a slur but still understandable.

I was a teacher before the stroke (but no insurance as my length of service did not warrant the pension payment due to teachers serving qualified years of service). How I wish to undergo a speech therapy (perhaps on aid through a foundation or groups) so that I can work online as a teacher-tutor and earn something for my daily needs.

At 43, I am still single, and living with my sister's small children and a househelp (she and her husband are not with us for financial reasons). We are not financially stable so that I am not able to get the regular medical treatment I need. My last medical treatment in the hospital was more than two years ago and the daily complete medicine intake plus physical therapy were 6 months only immediately after the stroke (again due to finances). The only medication I get now are anti-hb tablet (1 variety only) and multi-vitamins given by my uncle from USA plus some mixture of herbal medicine as tea, green tea and non-fat milk that I drink every morning. I eat meat sparingly, usually boiled or broiled chicken without the fat. In other words, I am on a healthy diet. One thing I do twice a week is hot-stone and shiatsu combined massage from a trained lady friend in reflexology. It's the only thing I can afford paying (in my country, services like this is affordable). I am a Christian and truly believe God would heal me soon.

I have a more than five years boyfriend overseas (our relationship goes beyond the stroke). He is poor and a true Christian also. He still wants to marry me next year despite my paralysis. I know it's okay to get married, but can I get pregnant even ones?

About speech therapy, could it be done on a stroke victim? (I really want a restored speech so that I can work. By the way, in my country where job is limited, my chances of getting a job at my case is very slim that is why I want to work online.)

What are my chances medically and what exercises can you recommend to make me better, much more get 100% well? What possible exercises, too, can you recommend for me to speak better (or regain my speech)?

Thank you very much.

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Old 09-02-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Stroke Paralysis, pregnancy and other related questions

Hi and welcome.

It sounds as though you've made a pretty good recovery and have a good attitude! Speech therapy is definitely indicated if there is an impairment due to stroke. You need to consult with a speech therapist and learn what results to expect.

If you have any use of your hand and arm, a good exercise is to tie your good arm to your side and force yourself to do all your daily activities with your bad hand and arm. Of course a physical therapist would be best to show you what you can do to increase range of movement. Like you, my right side was affected and my PT helped me enormously!

As for having a baby, I'm no doctor but do know pregnancy can raise blood pressure, and at your age with high blood pressure and having had a stroke already you would be a very high-risk pregnancy and you must consult your doctor before ever attempting to get pregnant.

 
Old 09-04-2010, 11:42 PM   #3
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Re: Stroke Paralysis, pregnancy and other related questions

Chloe, thank you very much for your suggestion. I don't have a therapist because I can't afford the services, but I heard about working with impaired arm and hand. When you have time, please describe to me how this is done from eating to "all the other things" as you did it before. I know it would be very hard at first, yet I am willing to try.

By the way, do you have some exercises? Even facial one, too?

Again, thank you very much.

Very truly yours,
lifebeyond

P.S. I would love to have a child, though my love and I have decided to check first if I'll be okay before proceeding.

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Old 09-07-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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Thank you, Chloe, for your help. It is very much appreciated. I will work on them.

 
Old 09-08-2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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I made a comment on your blog and found your question here. As I mentioned I had a brain stem stroke at 45 yrs. of age (5 years ago). I was numb on my left side and part of my right. I could not bare weight on my legs, was dizzy and seeing double. I was nauseated and couldn't keep food down. I was in the hospital for ten days.

My physical therapy involved learning to walk, first with a walker, then a cane, and then on my own. I did strengthening exercises, first with extending my leg when on all fours, using weights, and long strips of rubber. I used those by tying them to a door knob or holding them with my foot and pulling back and forth. They gave me different thicknesses as I gradually got stronger. I sat on a large ball to get better at balancing.

I did water therapy sessions in a warm pool and jacuzzi spa for awhile. I graduated to a tread mill, a bicycle, and I did facial exercises each morning that consisted of opening my eyes and mouth wide, and raising my eye brows.

Initially, I couldn't sneeze, which is a characteristic of a brain stem stroke. I still can't feel temperature on my left side and it is slightly numb. I perspire excessively on my left side. There will be beads of perspiration on just the left side above my upper lip sometimes. I am doing well, but I have other health problems that are causing problems right now.

There is a lot of information about exercises for stroke victims on the internet. I receive a free magazine from Stroke Connection. Just Google that and you can sign up. It has advice and articles about stroke victims and some treatment options.

Like the other posters mentioned, you definitely need to contact a obstetrician that specializes in high- risk pregnancies and your neurologist before you consider getting pregnant. They should be able to determine the potential risks depending on your history and condition. Also, there is a concern with oral contraceptives and having had a stroke.

I hope the best for you.
Best Regards,

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Old 09-08-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for all the information you gave me. I will check on them in the internet and see what I can do in my state of health.

I come from a country that's, let's say, poor. Our best doctors migrated to many rich countries for financial reasons. My place is very far from the "expert doctors" (just a small town and needs a lot of bumpy traveling for 4 hours at least by bus to go to the city where a "little expert doctor" can be available, if not on travel. This is the reason why I cannot enjoy the treatments that most of you are enjoying for free. I can't afford the medical expenses and most are not free here. A little pathetic, right? But, this is reality I need to face, too.

Best thing this innovation. You said your therapist gave you this and that. Sunsetnan, I am very happy that you mentioned them and your health status because I can "see" which part are you now with respect to my situation. Then, I can buy the rubbers, maybe the ones used in fishing, and use them the way you do depending on their sizes, too (my dearest brother can help me with that hehe).

The suggestion on an internet website, thank you very much. I am going to pursue it.

Great thanks to you, my friend. We keep in touch whenever we have time. Stay blessed.

LifeBeyond

 
Old 09-08-2010, 06:28 PM   #7
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Re: Stroke Paralysis, pregnancy and other related questions

Thank you very much for your suggestions, especially getting to Stroke Connection, Sunsetnan. You are truly a blessing.

Your friend,
LifeBeyond

 
Old 09-14-2010, 09:56 AM   #8
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Re: Stroke Paralysis, pregnancy and other related questions

Regarding your pregnancy questions... I had my stroke shortly after giving birth to my first. I would like one more child, and my neurologist agreed that I could become pregnant one more time. My conditions were that (1) I need to wait at least 18 months after my stroke to get pregnant, (2) I take blood thinner injections 3 times a day, and (3) I see a specialist OB/GYN.

I would discuss your pregnancy desires with your doctors. I needed to get "approval" from my team of docs - all of them: neurologist, hematologist, OB & general family doctor. Good luck!

 
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