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Old 08-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #1
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swelling in hand after stroke

I had a stroke March 23,2012 I have swelling in right hand Is there anything that will help.very weak inthat hand and arm. Everything is so heavy can anyone tell me if there is something that will take down swelling
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: swelling in hand after stroke

Hey there. My dad suffered a stroke in April this year that affected his right limbs and speech. While there has been gradual improvement in his right hand, there is swelling. Doc advised physiotherapy of course and also that his hand be kept in a slightly elevated position when he is sitting or sleeping, for instance. He said that its caused by inactivity/ less activity that causes fluids to build up in that area. Do speak to your doc on what works best for you... Take care

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Re: swelling in hand after stroke

Elevation is important-the whole hand and arm above chest level. This will keep the fluid draining from gravity. Exercise is what "massages" the fluid out of the extremities. Just squeezing a small rubber ball in that hand can help, while arm elevated does double duty. Also, you could consider a pressure "stocking" for the arm like mastectomy patients sometimes wear. It is a tight stretchy arm sock that keeps the swelling down. Someone could also do lymphatic massage on that arm, massage that presses only upward toward trunk, not toward hand. Some massage therapists do this type.

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