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  1. Welcome to StrokeNet. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

    1. Kimwith6


      Thanks for your help, I have a blog that helps me vent. I accentuate the positive.

  2. Excellent! I can empathize with how much pain you have been in. Also, the extreme discomfort of cold temperatures. Good luck, please keep us posted.
  3. Do you know what kind of doctor he is? What is his background in pain management? I love when doctors spend time doing a thorough exam on me. It's very rare! Interesting - check out what WebMD says about this drug. Cool beans! I'm happy for you, buddy!
  4. Welcome to StrokeNet. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

    1. Kathw86


      Thanks. I've wrote a post I'm desperate for advice. How will I know if someone replies? 

    2. smallory


      You will receive an email notification. 

  5. Welcome to StrokeNet. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

    1. smarshall


      I'll add my 2¢ and say hi. :hi: My name's Susan, and I'm a survivor too.

      This is one of the best,  (if not the best) stroke survivor sites on the internet.  The information is great, and the people are kind.  Please make yourself at home, and comfy with the site, and hopefully I'll meet up with you in chat sometime.

  6. I have had that happen, too, Joe. I get a kick out of it!
  7. The Stroke Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. A full report about the organization is available by clicking here. It operates solely on the philanthropy and giving of individuals, corporations, and fundraisers. However, only with regular funding can we continue to make a difference in the lives of countless individuals whose lives have been affected by stroke. Check out our donation web page. We ask for your donation, whatever you can spare.
  8. I am quadriplegic, cannot talk, have central pain and have numerous other serious permanent deficits. For some reason, I was not depressed for years but when it hit I was miserable. My wife took me to a psychiatrist. Within a year, after the psychiatrist tweaked my anti-depressant dosage several times, I felt "normal" again. The only thing I did not like about anti-depressants is that they do not give you instant results. You must wait at least 4 - 6 weeks after each dosage adjustment to see how it affects you.
  9. I emailed my friend about your question. This is what she said: If the atrophy is muscular atrophy due to disuse, there is possibility to reverse it, time since stroke does not matter. If it is neurogenic atrophy, meaning the atrophy is primarily due to lack of input from the brain to the arm, reversal would be more difficult, as movement is minimal. If there is movement in the arm, muscle gains can be made through exercise and normal use. Stacy Fritz, PT, PhD
  10. All the meds I've had to take over the years have significantly dulled my taste buds. Are you taking any meds? Are all of your taste buds affected - sweet, sour, bitter or salty? Anyway, sweets still tastes good to me except now I cannot eat them because I have acquired Type 2 Diabetes.
  11. Wise words!
  12. I read that the problem with neurofeedback is that it does not help everyone who tries it. The really bad thing is that it's expensive. Not many insurances, including medicaid and medicare, cover it.
  13. Never! Not that I've ever heard. I'm thinking that it is impossible to fix with surgery because your stroke caused the brain to die in the area that controls your foot. The only thing that will help your foot is lots and lots of exercises to your foot. You have to rewire your brain if you want to control your foot again. It's an extremely slow recovery process. Also, your stroke happened 35 years ago it's going to be extremely difficult to see any noticeable recovery. Tone is when the muscle tightens involuntarily. A little tone can be a good thing but too much and it can be so stiff that you cannot move it. Does your ankle get really stiff when it falls over?
  14. I just added about 50 more emoticons. There are 5 categories and each category has at least 20 - 25 emoticons with about 75 of them that are animated. Hover over an emoticon and its actual text emotion will display. I think just about every emotion possible is covered. Hopefully, posts will now be filled with lots of emotions. To view all 118 emoticons follow the steps in the screenshot.