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Old 11-25-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Talking 2 different kinds of stroke

In 2000 I had a stroke that left me with left side weakness. I don't have use of my left hand and I wear a brace due to drop foot. There are a few numb spots on my face but sensory was not badly affected. Mostly mobility. In 2006 I had a brain stem stroke. This left me with very reduced response to hoit and cold on my right side and a serious lack of balance. After the first stroke I spent 6 weeks in a rehab facility and benefitted greatly. I was able to eventually go back to work full time and I was able to do lots of my usual activities such as cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. My gait was affected, but at least I could walk without assistance. After the stroke in 2006 everything changed. My lack of balance has kept me from doing just about any kind of activity except seated. I was never told or talked to about rehab after the 2nd stroke and therefore believed that none was available since my issues were not mobility related. A couple years ago I asked my doctor about my lack of balance (a new doctor) and he said it was too long after the "event" to get rehab. Is that true? Am I stuck for the rest of my life where I am now? Should I talk to a different doctor? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 12-01-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: 2 different kinds of stroke

Welcome Cathie
No I dont believe its too late. Rehab has lots of ideas to improve your balance well after the stroke. I am 16 months in stroke recovery and I have just recently been offered rehab if you can believe it. It should have been offered to you after your second stroke and I am so sorry to hear it was not. But I like to say it is never to late. I would contact them and see what they say. I am a firm believer in never saying never. My doctors told me if it wasnt improved in the first three months then it wasnt going to improve and that is just not true. So so so many people continue to improve as the months go on. I think it is such a shame for the people who believe the doctors and stop trying.
We have been led to believe the brain and all its magnificence can do wonderful things and re directing is one of them. Im no doctor and certainly no specialist in the field however when you get no help and you have had a stroke and slipped through the cracks you do a ton of reading and researching on your own. You then come to realise great things are possible.
A great book to read is My Stroke of Insight by jill bolte taylor. She was a brain scientists and suffered a massive stroke the book is her personal journey. It is terrific to read. She was also on Oprah and you would not believe it was the same woman talking that had the stroke.
Like I said Cathi Im no doctor but I suggest you get as much help as you can and read up to get an idea of what you should do for your balance. My balance was one thing effected by my stroke and it has steadily gotten better. From wheel chair to walker to cane. I do plan on ditching the cane some day.
Good luck keep us informed and dont give up and yes yes yes get another opinion. Your worth it.
God Bless Mulchie

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