Questions about after care: stroke
(Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa)
Question : My name is Amelia, I am 44 years old. I had a stroke in October 2011. After the stroke my right arm and leg were paralyzed. My right eardrum also burst. I just want to know if I can fly again, if I can use alcohol again and my last question, if I can use laser on the right side of my face during a facial?
Answer: These questions need to be directed to your physician, but these are my general responses:
1) Stroke patients can normally fly again without problem once released by their physician. Preventative measures can be taken by not sitting still too long, wearing support stockings, and drinking plenty of water when flying.
2) Drinking too much alcohol is actually a risk factor for having a stroke. Per the National Stroke Association, drinking more than 2 drinks per day may increase one's stroke risk by 50%. Most recommendations are to limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 or 2 drinks in a day. It is important to ask your physician if alcohol will interact with any medications you are taking. If your physician is okay with you drinking alcohol, then do so only in moderation.
3)Ask your doctor as well as the professional performing the facial laser treatment if there are any reasons why you couldn't have it done. Decreased sensation such as not recognizing heat, touch, or pain on the right side of th face could be a potential problem that would need to be considered.
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