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  1. bella

    This does sure look like the same dermatologist injecting stroke survivors with a drug not meant to treat stroke. I have heard nothing but negative things about him and the "institute". there were discussions on here some time ago. He required money up front as I recall. in my opinion I'd stay clear. if it really was a "cure" I think some legitimate sources would know about it. I would need a bit more information than videos that he very well could have staged. just my opinion. ~Beth
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    In the beginning I had a lot of the biting incidents,but as I get stronger and more used to it they are now few and far between. Thanks for the post. I do hope it can help others. ~Beth
  3. bella

    I have "left-neglect" issues. I can see on the left(right side brain stroke)but I'm not really aware of things on my left. When i I have a field of vision test done there is a deficit in a small area of my left side. It doesn't interfere with daily life. I do not drive and just wear over the counter reading glasses while at the computer or reading. My stroke was almost 18 years ago. Right carotid dissection with no known cause at age 39. All the best to you.
  4. bella

    Hi, I had massive ischemic stroke in 2000. Exactly one year late I had a seizure. Was diagnosed with "post-stroke epilepsy". On two different medications and well controlled. Seizurse were mostly visual(ocipital seizures)but so happy they are controlled. All the best to you.
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    Elle, I'm almost 18 years post stroke. Absolutely no function of left arm and hand. extreme amount of tone: hand in a fist. I've tried Botox a few times and only once did it loosen up just a bit. effects didn't last long. also with the expense I decided to manage the tone with a new medication. seems to work so far. still no movement at all. going to see a neurosurgeon that may be able to help. he reconnects nerves and ca get movement back even years later. hoping it can work for me. all the best to you. you should be able to find many people on here that have used Botox. it's very popular. I know many of the Face Book stroke survivors use it. one friend in particular. she swears by it and along with Bioness is having good results.
  6. bella

    I,too,enjoy sitting outdoors. I have a table and chairs on my deck. I like to go out and have a snack,read,and just enjoy the nature and peace. It's wonderful therapy in my mind.
  7. bella

    I wish you well with this. Hoping it helps. ~Beth
  8. bella

    This have never happened to me. It seems like a very positive sign,though. My left hand and leg have stayed pretty much the same since my stroke 18 years ago. I hope you get your function back. Sounds like you're on your way.
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    Hi Alan, My stroke was 17 years ago. I don'y use the cane indoors,only ouside. leg pretty much has that heavy feeling all the time. Wishing you the best. ~Beth
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    I have a lot of spasticy in my left arm/hand from my one and only stroke at age 39 in 2000. over the years I received Botox,but didn't have a lot of confidence in the doctors doing it. I felt no relief at all. also had some in my leg. nothing. found a very experienced doctor. had the injections yesterday for fingers(that injection was pretty painful) wrist and bicep(what a bruise!). I know it should take about a week to notice anything,but I already feel something. I have absolutely no movement in that arm/hand. never had in these past 17 years. this new doctor would prefer treating it with medication. I'm already on the highest Baclofen dose. they added Dantrolene and it may help. would be easier than traveling all that way for Botox every 3 months. I'm feeling positive,anyway. All the best. ~Beth
  11. bella

    Happy Anniversary bella!

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    Happy Anniversary bella!

  13. bella

    I have extreme tone in my hand. always in a fist. Botox didn't seem to do anything for me. feel like I should be wearing a night splint. had on made,but lost it. it was so hard to get on will all that tone. now I have a Terrycloth(with metal inside) one that the OT had me order. I use ot once in awhile,but think I'd be much better off with a custom made one. most nights I wear nothing and know this can't be good. have an OT appt. coming up-will see what they say.
  14. bella

    hi Cathy, I'm not too far from Boston and I know we have some good ones. mass general hospital(when the new england patriot Tedi Bruschi had his stroke he went here) ranked number 3 I think. you're welcome to stay here if you go there. Beth PS. how have you been?
  15. thanks so much for the replies. this time around the Botox seems to have helped more :cheer: . the toes aren't so bad(no pain) and I can force my hand open with my "good' hand and i work on it all the time. the splint is also getting easier to put on. once again...thanks!!!