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Old 05-29-2012, 04:30 AM   #1
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My husband had a stroke almost a year ago.He has the tingling and numbness on his left side and also has developed extreme pain in the rectal area a few months back. Is this part of having a stroke and if so what can be done. He has been seen by specialists and he does not have hemoroids. I appreciate any advise.

 
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Re: Need advise

Hello Admiral, and we welcome you to the stroke board. This is a wonderful place full of caring individuals who can offer you support and our own experiences in our own stroke recovery.

Pain does occur in stroke survivors, often in place where it does not seem to make sense. I am glad you have tried to rule out the more obvious causes for this pain, but there are many mysteries related to stroke, due to the fact that they can hit any area of the brain, which of course then control many factors in different areas of our bodies.

The good news, is the stroke recovery is a long process, and many of us will find a great reduction in many of the symptoms as time passes. I am still finding areas of new found recovery a full nine years later.

While I am not a proponent of medication by nature, there are certain things which can require the use of pain medication while the symptoms are at their worst. I would consider asking for a referral to a pain specialist to see if he/she could offer anything for pain to make his life more comfortable. Of course, this is a very personal decision, but if taken properly, pain medication can be called for in many individuals. This was the route I took at a certain point, and have now moved past the need for daily medication to help my pain.

Please feel free to ask any other questions or if you need to rant and get out some of the feelings left with the family members of stroke survivors, by all means, use this place any way it may help you, or your husband. WE are here to help.

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Old 05-29-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Thank you Janet.

 
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Very welcome...Hopefully more of our group will offer you more helpful solutions..

 
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G'Day Admiral88,
Welcome, i hope I can help you by sharing my a little bit of my story with you.
In March 2010 I suffered a brain stem clot in the pons area, I was 54 years old. They said if I live I'd proabily never walk, I was parailised down the entre rigth side of my body.
Well today I can walk (80%, and I'm still working in the running) and drive, I still experience numbness on the entire right hand side of my body. No one can tell me if I'll ever regrain full senisivity again. Over the last two years, some of the numbness has gone, I don't why or how nor do the doctors have any answers. I recken it just going to take time to regrain the sense of touch again. What I'm saying be patient, do your exerises every day without fail, and never ever give up. I geuss it just like Janet said in the 3rd paragraph of her frist response to you.
Anyway, I hope your husband makes a full recovery, and stays in good health and sprits. he's got to keep believing in himself.
God bless you and all your loved ones, keep in touch.
George.

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Re: Need advise

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My husband had a stroke almost a year ago.He has the tingling and numbness on his left side and also has developed extreme pain in the rectal area a few months back. Is this part of having a stroke and if so what can be done. He has been seen by specialists and he does not have hemorrhoids. I appreciate any advise.
hi admiral88. I thought I'd had every pain that comes along with stroke. in my near 20 years in recovery, but that one is new to me. I've had the tingles and numbness, still have the burning sensation that begins just above m left eye and goes all way to my toes on my entire affected left side.

your husband's rectal pain may be new to him? but I can understand it could be from the stroke. the brain controls the feelings of all our nerve endings, not only in our limbs but internal as well. it could very well be Te pain is caused by some form of healing of the nerves in that area? it could be the numbness going away? causing him to perceive it as new pain. only time will tell, each person is affected differently from stroke, nothing at all seems normal anymore! i sincerely hope his pain subsides, but no guarantees when it comes to strokes! we can only give ourselves time to heal at our own brain's pace?

good luck and god bless

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