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  1. becky1

    First off, you are so right; strokes do suck, and no one here would disagree. Stroke effects can take several different paths; They can heal partially, or completely, or not heal at all, and it is impossible for anyone-even a doctor- to tell you what's going to happen. You're stuck in 'wait-and-see' land right now. It's also impossible to tell you how long you'll have to wait. It could be days, months, or even years before you'll see any improvement. Then again, it could be tomorrow. You just never know. It's also possible that what you're seeing is not due to damage done by the stroke, but his reaction to it. Just as you miss "the man that was", so does he. Some people treat everyone like crap when they feel like crap themselves. If you can find a neuropsychiatrist to take him to, that may help. Neuropsychs are experts in treating behavior as it relates to neurological issues, and stroke is definitely a neuro issue. I love that you are running! It's one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Any kind of physical activity would be good for you mentally and physically. And if crying a lot continues, you may want to talk to your doc about an antidepressant. Good luck, Becky
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    Will, Good luck on your quest to find non-opioid pain killers. The answer has to be out there somewhere. Best, Becky
  3. A while back, I was researching something else and read that it is not uncommon to have the hiccups just prior to having a stroke. Now, every time I get the hiccups I almost jump outta my skin! Which is silly, I know,` just the thought......Anyway, knowing me and my anxiety, I'm not sure I want to know if there is a way to tell if you're gonna have a stroke, but that info may be extremely useful to others.
  4. What a heart-warming story! That guy deserves some kind oF medal or something! Wow! Glad you weren't hurt. Becky
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    Congrats on the new grandchild, Scott. As fast as kids grow you'll feel more comfortable holding him in no time! Becky
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    Exactly! I have often been amazed at the things I can do with a numb hand! Becky
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    Hi, Willis. I'm a hemorrhagic stroke survivor too. 12 years out, and the numbness has never gone completely away. The "pins and needles" sensation went away, but not the numbness. You kinda get used to it because you can't feel it, until you have to use your numb hand for something. I never realized until I didn't have it, how often we rely on our sense of touch. I DON'T TRUST MY NUMB LEFT HAND TO HOLD ON TO ANYTHING THAT'S IMPORTANT, FRAGILE, OR CAN SPILL, because my hand, unable to feel the object in it, just lets go of it. Good luck, Becky
  8. becky1

    having therapy makes it so much easier, or, it did for me. when I found that I couldn't do something, I would just be dumb-struck as to what to do next, but my therapists always had a "plan-b"."try this", they'd tell me", or, "do it this way". God bless them every one because I don't think that I ever would have figured it out on my own.good luck,Becky
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    I had a massive stroke, and have been dealing with the consequences for 12 years now. Before I would let anyone inject my brain with anything, I would have to see several POSITIVE clinical studies. That being said, I've always thought that stem cell therapy makes so much sense. JMO. Becky
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    Alan, I'm glad that you had a good time. You are an inspiration to us because your vacays are proof that your life isn't over because you had a stroke. You can still get out and do, even if you do things a little differently. Becky
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    Ray, I'm a survivor of a stroke in the pons too, and I also had left side paralysis and dysphagia, so I know how you feel. Glad you're going to rehab-it helps so much. Good luck, Becky
  12. becky1

    I'm 12 yrs. out, and my hand still shakes occasionally. It's due to the lack of connection between your muscles and your brain. Use that hand as much as you can so that you can strengthen this connection. Becky
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    The important thing is that you did it, in spite of its' difficulty, and it looks great! Becky
  14. Chris, There's so much that I want to say to you, but I would probably overwhelm and confuse you. First off, you don't sound selfish at all. Unfortunately, stroke can affect everyone in the- family, not just the survivor. Your life was affected too. This isn't what you signed on for. And no one asked you if you wanted to change course mid-stream, did they? Bottom line is that you have every right to be angry. There are several explanations for your husband's behavior. One is that he had stroke damage in the part of his brain that regulates behavior. If this is the case, he may not be aware of it, and may not be able to control it even if he is aware of it. Have you tried to talk to him about it? Another possible cause is medication. Sometimes the side,-effects of meds are worse than what the med is trying to cure! Is he in pain anywhere? By that, I don't mean little aches and pains, but severe, constant pain. You also mentioned that he wants to sleep all of the time, doesn't want to go anywhere, socialize,.and has no sex drive. These behaviors can be caused by any of the above, or depression. It might be worthwhile to take him to his doc, and see if an antidepressant is worth a try. In fact, you might benefit from an antidepressant, too, and maybe some individual counseling to help you cope with all of the changes in your life. Best, Becky