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Can I fully recover from the stroke I had eight years ago? PLEASE help if you can.
I am 17 years old, and I play the piano.  Eight years ago, I had a stroke, and it temporarily paralyzed the right side of my body.  For about a month, my mom took me to a doctor once a week for "therapy."  I had to touch my nose with my right-hand index finger and then touch his finger.  It was difficult for a time.  After about a month, we stopped doing it.  I don't know why.  If I do it now, it looks like I never had a stroke.  But you can tell if I get overly emotional; my hand starts shaking uncontrollably.

When I try to play the piano, I can play with my right hand to a certain extent.  Everyone knows that the melody is played with the right hand.  There are some songs I cannot play because it is fast.  I want to know if there's a way I can improve my right hand to the point it gets back to normal, without a large amount of money, and I can play whatever.  Is it a matter of practice, or is it permanent?  I know that John Hopkins had a stroke, and he learned to play with one hand.  I don't want to have to play this way.  I want to be normal, to be able to play with both hands.

PLEASE HELP ME!
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144586 tn?1284669764
I wouldn't give up. There is redundancy and with continued attempts the undamaged side of the brain will have a high probability of asserting itself. Just go slow and keep trying every day. Try handwriting exercises with the afflicted hand. Each day try to perfect cursive writing.
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I agree, do not giveu p.  Shoot for the stars and God Bless you and good luck to you.
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241234 tn?1220984156
Look up neuroplasticity, by keeping on working the brain to fire those finger muscles they will get better, it just takes a long time to see results. Neurons that fire together, wire together.
Here are some books on this.
The mind and the Brain : neuroplasticity and the power of mental
force / Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley.
Train Your Mind, Change
Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to
Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley
The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science / Norman Doidge.
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