Headaches and Numb Feet after Stroke
by carol gray
I recently had a brain hemorrhage (july last year) since then I have had really bad headaches and tingling in my face. Also my feet are numb. Have you any ideas?
Answer: Headaches can be a problem after a hemorrhagic stroke. They will often lessen over time but can take a long time to resolve in some people. Consult your physician to see if anything can be done about the headaches and to make sure there isn't another underlying problem. If your MD confirms that the headaches are a residual effect from your stroke, I recommend visiting some of the various stroke forums to see what other people have found helpful to alleviate the pain. Always consult your MD before trying any medications or alternative remedies though. A list of stroke forums can be found at www.stroke-rehab.com/stroke-support-groups.html.
Unfortunately, numbness in the face and feet can be a side effect from stroke as well. You might look into finding a therapist who has experience with facial rehabilitation and sensory re-education since this is a more specialized area and many therapists are inexperienced in this area. Sensory re-education techniques are often used for the hand but some can be applied to the face and feet as well. For some sensory re-education ideas, you can visit www.stroke-rehab.com/sensory-re-education.html.
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