Ask the Therapist Your Stroke Questions

Many times patients and caregivers have questions about stroke rehabilitation. Get your stroke questions answered here! Maybe you have already been discharged from therapy and do not have access to a rehabilitation therapist. Maybe you want to get a therapist's opinion. Maybe you could not afford therapy in the first place and are looking for rehab information. As an occupational therapist with over 13 years of experience in stroke rehabilitation, I am able to answer your questions or find the answer from other therapists and sources.

Submit your questions below regarding stroke rehabilitation. Any questions that are duplicated will not be answered twice. Please check the tabs on the left side of the page to see if there are topics that cover your question. I personally recommend viewing the questions below, searching this website, and reviewing the resources and stroke rehab exercises tabs prior to submitting a question as you may find your question has already been answered. Thank you for your help with this as it can be very time consuming answering questions especially those that are asked repeatedly. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please feel free to submit your question! If I do not have the answer you need, I will try to direct you to resources where you can get an answer.

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Submit your stroke rehab related questions, and a rehab therapist will provide you with answers or site sources where you can find answers. Please note that answers provided on this website are for informational purposes only and are not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor are intended to be a substitute. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider concerning questions you have regarding your health or a loved one's health concerns.

Please Read: Before asking your question, please search the questions below or enter a search term in the search box in the top right corner to see if a question similar to yours has already been answered. You can also visit the stroke blog page to find recent updates and questions added to my website. This way I can avoid answering the same questions repeatedly. Thanks!

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Can One Fully Recover 
Question : Hello.....my name is Harriet A. I'd like to know "does anyone fully recover from a stroke? I suffered a stroke late March early April 2014.I'm …

Symptoms getting worse since Stroke? 
Question : My husband, currently age 43, had a large ischemic stroke on the left side of his brain 2 years ago tomorrow. He suffers from short term …

Problem with Cold 
Question : Had a mini stroke 3 months ago! Left side affected. All came back pretty good but noticed in cold weather it's difficult to use hand .. and …

Foot Pain After Stroke 
Question: Earlier this year (1/7/2012), I suffered an ischemic stroke in the right side of my brain; however, a small portion of my left side was also …

Emotional and Mental Issues After Stroke 
Question : My mother had a stroke in 2010. Her right side was affected. With rehab, she has regained most mobility. Her personality has always been …

Equipment for Stroke Patients 
Question: I am the sole caregiver for my wife. I am 77 years old and fit, but had a heart attack about 8 years ago. My wife is hemiplegic (right side …

Brain Training 
Question :My mum has had a mild stroke. She is just forgetting things like what comes after Monday, times of the day, etc. We are trying to help her relearn, …

Flaccid Paralysis Treatment in Stroke 
Question: What is the treatment protocol for flaccid stage of stroke? How long does this flaccid stage usually remain? Answer: There is no set …

Stroke Hand Rehab 
Question: Hello, thanks for your website. It has been eighteen months since my stroke, at age 50 years, which left my left arm and leg without movement. …

Stroke Recovery 
How do you improve patient's hand, fingers, and leg movement? Please tell me some exercises for my mother. Thanks. Answer : If your mother already …

Strength in arm 
Question : My husband is recovering from stroke 7 months ago. His right side was affected, but he has gotten a pretty good range of motion in his arm. …

Mental Issues Not rated yet
Question : I am a 47 year old man who had a stroke in June 2014. I Have recovered and returned to work in August 2014, however, I am afraid of everything. …

problem with index finger on left hand Not rated yet
Question : I had a minor stroke about 7 weeks ago, leaving my left arm and hand weak. Although I am making great recovery with the left hand, my index …

MCA stroke Not rated yet
Question : What is a middle cerebral artery stroke? what is the difference between MCA and other strokes? Answer : Strokes are either ischemic (lack …

My Dad, mind difficulties Not rated yet
Question : My dad (76)had three strokes the end of last year. The x-ray shows a triangle of damage. He thinks nothing is wrong with him. He cannot do …

Short term memory loss Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a stroke 4 years ago and has severe short term memory loss which I am told will never get better. It is stressful for him and …

Spasticity Problems Not rated yet
Question : I had 3 mini-strokes 3.5 years ago. I have regained partial use of my left arm. I have been experiencing what my therapist calls "tone". …

How to help with Dysphasia/No mobility  Not rated yet
Question : My father suffered a stroke back in February 2014. He was in a rehab facility for 4 months and is now home. However, since the stroke he has …

Getting worse after being better Not rated yet
Question A friend of mine had a stroke this past week. The stroke affected the left side of his brain. He was given TPA shortly after he arrived at the …

I can no longer walk. Please help Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke in October 2011. I lost all feeling on my right side. Over time I eventually learned to walk and my muscles would always tense …

Mood swings for two weeks Not rated yet
Question : Two and a half years ago my wife of 36 had a bleed on the left side. While in the ER she had another one but much smaller on the right side. …

Recognizing loved ones after a massive brain bleed  Not rated yet
Question : A friend of mine suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke 3 weeks ago. They performed surgery, and she was in a medically induced coma for 10 …

Memory Issues After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My mum had a stroke in the last 2 days but does not recognize my dad. Is this common? Answer : It is not uncommon for someone to be confused …

Vision Problems and Therapy After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: My sister had a stroke and is now seeing double and it is making her sick to her stomach. Her doctors told her there is nothing she can do for …

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Hopelessness After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : It has been a month since my mother in law suffered a stroke ... we have a day night nurse plus a helper for her and one of the best physio …

Speech Therapy and Stroke Not rated yet
Question Hello, my dear friend had a stroke a year ago last December. Unfortunately her husband and she had fallen upon severe financial distress before …

Loss of Sensation Not rated yet
Question: How normal is it to lose the sense of heat and cold on the side of the stroke? My partner cannot determine hot things at all. What can I do …

Bladder Incontinence Not rated yet
Question : My father attacked with stroke and currently not in control of urine.He says he doesn't know the urine is coming until it comes. Answer …

Denial After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My husband has paralysis on the left of his body. He denies this and keeps thinking he can come home as he is ok. Every day I have to tell …

Stroke Fatigue Not rated yet
Question : Last April, I had 3 strokes. I have all my faculties with the exception that I feel good for a day or two then it's like the bottom falls …

Spasticity and Stroke Not rated yet
Question: Over the last four years I've had several strokes. Due to this I have spasticity in my legs that prevents me from walking any distance at all. …

Difficulty Swallowing Not rated yet
Question: If the patient has a nasogastric tube, how do we assess that the patient is ready for oral feeding? Answer: The patient can be evaluated …

Massage After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: Is it okay to massage shortly after a stroke? (1 week). Is there a risk of another stroke happening? Answer: Massage can be beneficial …

Sleeping Disorders After Stroke Not rated yet
Please help me in my endeavor to help my brother who suffered a massive stroke five yrs ago. He immediately received therapy and was doing great. He …

Flying After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: How soon after having a stroke can you fly? My fiance is in Hong Kong on business and had a stroke and I was wondering how long before she …

Balance Problems Not rated yet
Question: My mother had a stroke. Can you please give me some advice as her balance has been affected, and she feels like she is falling. What could …

Insurance and Medicare Reimbursement Not rated yet
Question: My mom had a brain stem stroke 3 months ago. She has a trach, feeding tube, and catheter. Last month she began getting a small amount of movement …

Shoulder Subluxation After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : What can you do if your shoulder has dropped out of its socket after a stroke? Answer : Shoulder subluxation is a common occurence after …

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Some other websites that provide answer to patient's questions about stroke include:

www.caring.com/ask/stroke-questions - questions about stroke with expert answers

www.justanswer.com - questions about stroke with expert answers

www.asktheneurologist.com/forum.html - forum where questions can be asked of experts or patients with similar conditions.



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