Ask the Therapist Your Stroke Questions

Many times patients and caregivers have questions about stroke rehabilitation. You may have been discharged from therapy and do not have access to a rehabilitation therapist. You may want a therapist's opinion. You may not have been able afford therapy in the first place and are looking for rehab information. As an occupational therapist with over 20 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. If a similar question has been asked (especially several times), then your question will not be published in order to avoid repetition. Please note that a therapist cannot answer questions such as "Will I get better" or "Can I expect a full recovery". Only questions within the scope of the therapists' knowledge will be answered. Thanks!

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More numbness than right after stroke  
Question : My stroke was 1 1/2 yrs ago. The numbness in my leg is now worse than right after the stroke. Why? I am also dizzy & my leg being more numb …

Caregiver Questions and Issues 
Question : My husband had a stroke 2 years ago. It affected his right side. He walks with a cane and a little without one but can not use his right hand. …

Emotional and Mental Issues After Stroke 
Question : My mom had a stroke in August 2013 it affected her right side. She has all her mobility back but tires easily, this is nothing new. On the …

Memory Issues After Stroke 
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 …

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 …

Vision Problems and Therapy After Stroke 
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 …

Hopelessness After Stroke 
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 …

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 …

Loss of Sensation 
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 …

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, …

Spasticity and Stroke 
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 
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 …

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. …

Massage After Stroke 
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 
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 …

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 …

Insurance and Medicare Reimbursement 
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 
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 …

Impulse control Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a vertebral artery dissection causing a minor stroke 9 years ago. Recovery was rapid without incident. Now he seems to be having …

Spasticity and Numbness  Not rated yet
Question : After almost 6 month of stroke, I started feeling spasticity on my left rib cage and other parts and tingling sensation started increasing …

Caregiver Question Not rated yet
Question : My boyfriend had a stroke and is coming up on his one-year anniversary of the stroke. He is doing well with the exception of his left hand, …

Phantom pain, balance, spastic motion in hand, mouth problems Not rated yet
Question : In 2014 I suffered a brain lesion that left me with spastic hand motion in my left hand and milder issues in my left leg. After trying tetrabenazine …

How to rehab right leg and foot to be able to drive again Not rated yet
Question : I recently suffered a stroke on left side of brain, so it has effected my right leg. I have numbness in my right leg and foot. I had a car …

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Still dizzy and have headaches when exercising after a stroke Nov2017 Not rated yet
Question I had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)stroke last nov 2017. I experience temporary paralysis on the left side to my arm, hand, mouth and face. …

HOW TO IMPROVE VERY POOR BALANCE  Not rated yet
Question : Hello! I had a massive ischemic stroke back in 2011 and still cannot walk. As a result I also have very poor balance I have fractured my pelvis …

Hand coordination Not rated yet
Question : My mother suffered a mild stroke about 12 months ago and she his now suffering dysfunction in both hands. She cant use cutlery properly or …

Problems with frustration and with losing temper Not rated yet
Question : My partner had a stroke almost one year ago. He used to be a real go-getter, very active physically, and went non-stop. Now he has a hard time …

Physically a vegetable Not rated yet
Question : My husband who is 61 years old has many, many health problems. Heart disease, kidney, liver disease, server brain atrophy, vascular issues, …

Three years later and my sister has no movement. Not rated yet
Question My sister is 54 yrs old and started having problems with opening windows, jars, etc. She started losing muscle mass and now she's not able to …

Setting priorities. Not rated yet
Question : During Rehab, after my stroke (2012) I was given worksheets on how to plan my days, or projects I was working on,learning how to function in …

Pain After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : What can be done to reduce or eliminate severe pain and hypersensitivity in affected UE after a stroke? Pain is so intense that patient will …

Leg and Foot Problems After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My mom had stroke for almost 2 years now but few months ago she suffered from sepsis.She hasn't been on a therapy for a year now. I think …

Symptoms Getting Worse After Stroke 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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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