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I can no longer walk. Please help
by Melissa Kulik
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 up, but I was still able to walk. In this past week I have no feeling again, my leg is just limp. I have not seen a doctor yet but plan on it 1st thing in the morning.
: Any time you have a major change like this, you should see your MD or go to an emergency room right away to rule out a new stroke or other problems.
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Getting worse after being better
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 hospital and the difference in watching him regain his speech and movement were amazing. Now a few days later he seems to be as bad as he was when first taken to the hospital. What happened? Why are we seeing him regress?
Answer: It's not necessarily unusual to see a stroke patient's condition fluctuate in the first few days after stroke, but make sure that the MD's/nurses are aware of any changes so that they can monitor the patient. Sometimes the medical staff is not as aware of the changes in condition as the family members so it's important to speak up in case a new complication has developed.
Symptoms getting worse since Stroke?
by Jen C.
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 memory issues, right side visual field impairment, aphasia, and numbness on his entire right side.
He had a long term disability policy through his employer and now the disability company is questioning his recovery. 2 months after his stoke he was evaluated by a neuropsychologist and then the disability company just ordered another evaluation. The results were markedly worse from his initial testing nearly 2 years ago so the new neuropsychologist has concluded that my husband must be faking it as his results are "not typically what they see from someone recovering from a stroke".
I can state with 100% confidence that he is not faking these issues. I am with him 24 hours a day (we both work from home now). It is infuriating that this Dr. would accuse him of faking! While most patients do recover, is it possible that his difficulties could worsen over time? (We feel that they have). If so, do you know any resources that I can research for evidence supporting this? I fear that we are going to have difficulties with the disability company.
Answer: If you feel he has worsened, I would recommend he see a neurologist to discuss the worsening of symptoms and possibility of new incidences. I would also let the neurologist know about what is going on with the disability claim. You need an advocate in your corner, and I would say that a MRI showing a stroke would be fairly sufficient in proving someone is not "faking it". You could ask for a new MRI to make sure that nothing new has occurred. If the disability insurance provider is not cooperative or receptive to helping then I would consult with an attorney regarding your options.
I had a TIA few months ago
Question I had a TIA a year ago then six months later had another then few days ago while resting suddenly my eyes couldn't focus at all felt like they where crossing over each other and double vision also numbness down my left side I am concerned and worried could this be another TIA happening can anyone give me advise please. Many thanks.
Answer: Some people can have multiple TIAs. Since you are having unusual symptoms, I suggest you consult with your MD or a neurologist.