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Stroke and paralysis

My mother had suffered a stroke due to high blood pressure on october 2004, after that she was paralysed on the right hand side. She is undertaking treatments like physiotherapy and ayurvedic massage but of no avail. Is there a cure for it . She lives in India with my dad.  I am their only daughter but live in London. I am really worried for her. Will she get well, how much time can it take. Is there a cure for it or medicine, anything??
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Hi.

I am truly sorry to learn of your mother's condition. I do hope that her condition would get better as time goes on.

Unfortunately, it would be difficult to determine whether her condition would get better or how long it would take. At present, there is no definite cure for the effects of stroke, especially of paralysis. The prognosis of persons with paralysis secondary to stroke would depend on the severity of the stroke as well as the area of brain involvement.

The main concern here, aside from stroke rehabilitation is prevention of another stroke from happening. This would entail adequate control of her blood pressure as well as thrombolytic therapy.

Has there been any improvement brought about by physiotherapy and ayurvedic massage? If there is, there is a possibility that more improvement would be seen with continuous rehabilitative treatment.

What you can do as her family is to provide the much needed family support which has been shown to help in the rehabilitation process.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Thank you for your reply, my mother has never lost her conscious, but her recovery has always been very slow. Even after 3years of treatment, she can hold hand and then walk very slowly, basically she is depending on others for all her routine. how can one prevent from another stroke?
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Hi.

Prevention another stroke from occurring to your mother can be done through several means.

Your mother's blood pressure has to be controlled adequately with medication as hypertension is a very significant risk factor for stroke. Thrombolysis should be continued to ensure that no other clots could occur.

Your mother's diet should contain less amounts of sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. Her diet should include fruits and vegetables and should be rich in  soluble fiber, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Physical therapy and exercise should be an essential part of your mother's rehabilitation plan as this can definitely be of benefit in preventing strokes.

Hope this helps.

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Hi, Thanks again for your reply. Can my mother take calcium and omega-3 capsules because she doesnt eat fish. What is thrombolysis? Which vegetables would contain soluble fibre, is it spinach?
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Wish you a very Happy New Year
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Hi.

Yes, of course. As long as she can tolerate intake of the supplements, it can be given.

Generally fruits contain more soluble fibers than vegetables. Here is a list of foods that have good amounts of soluble fiber.

- Oat/Oat bran
- Dried beans and peas
- Nuts
- Barley
- Flax seed
- Fruits such as bananas, apples, berries, oranges
- Vegetables such as broccoli, potatoes and carrots

I made a mistake in mentioning thrombolysis. Thrombolytic therapy is the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots which cause heart attacks and stroke. What I meant to say was antithrombotic threrapy, which is the prevention of clots from forming again. Drugs used for this include warfarin and heparin. Sorry for the slight confusion. You should talk to your mother's doctors if she needs this.

May you and your family have a better New Year ahead of all of you.
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Thank you once again for your reply. Just wanted to ask if nuts contain cholestrol in it? Is there any specialist doctor or hospital in India or anywhere in the world for this type of treatment that guarantees cure? My mother was a very beautiful and lively woman who used to always help others, it pains to see her in this condition.
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Hi.

Nuts actually are the ones that help lower your cholesterol. Nuts contain high amounts of unsaturated fat (the "good" fat) which help in lowering total cholesterol levels and low density lipoprotein (the "bad" cholesterol) levels.

To help you decide what nuts to give to your mother, look at the amounts of unsaturated fats. High amounts of unsaturated fats and lower amounts of saturated fats is ideal.

Walnuts, pistachios, pecans, and hazelnuts seem to have the highest amounts of unsaturated fats and lowest amounts of saturated fats.

Unfortunately, I do not know of any specialist or medical center that guarantees cure for the condition that has afflicted your mother. Maybe some other people here on the forum can help you out with that.

Good luck.
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Hi, my mom has paralysis second to stroke on her entire body for the past 8years now and there is no improvement. She's been in the same spot, no improvement, she's walking like a baby who just started walking. It gets difficult from time to time, especially because she has 3 college students and one who's still in high school and my dad who is the only one working a full time job almost 7days a week with 12hrs of work everyday.

I hope one day there is a miracle that  happens and there wil be a cure that can help bring my mom back to the same person she once was.

Ever since 2006, she hasn't got any treatments done, no more therapy, no more help from the dr, she's just been seeing a family dr who does the same visits every time.

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Hi, my mom has paralysis second to stroke on her entire body for the past 8years now and there is no improvement. She's been in the same spot, no improvement, she's walking like a baby who just started walking. It gets difficult from time to time, especially because she has 3 college students and one who's still in high school and my dad who is the only one working a full time job almost 7days a week with 12hrs of work everyday.

I hope one day there is a miracle that  happens and there wil be a cure that can help bring my mom back to the same person she once was.

Ever since 2006, she hasn't got any treatments done, no more therapy, no more help from the dr, she's just been seeing a family dr who does the same visits every time.
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