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1474053 tn?1297829338

About stroke??

My mom age 68 took a stroke 3 days ago, she seemed alert as to conversation while she was having it but was slurring her speech and rolling her eyes and weakness throughout the body.
She's in the hospital now and the doctor said she had a "left sided stroke", her left leg and arm are either numb or weak, but she tells me she can feel them. She also moved her left hand a tiny bit today. Her speech is still slurred quite a bit but I can understand most of it. She keeps her eyes closed a fair bit while talking though but she remembers things and can keep up a conversation. She is unable to drink until she passes swallowing test. They have her on fluids and also heparin.... I guess what I am wondering is since I have never been around someone who had a stroke in the first days after one is whether this happens to all stroke victims and if some of it goes away on its own. Its terrifying to see her like this and I read alot of hopeful stories about stroke survivors. I guess I just want to know from someone else going through this or have gone through this if they went through the same thing themselves or with their loved one?
Questions such as with the swallowing is that a common effect from a stroke that can correct over time because of weakened muscles?.....with the speech does it sometimes correct itself as well?....and if there much hope that she will regain her left side?.... I know she will have rehab to go through but I guess I am just looking for some hope that she may make a full recovery or close to one from someone that has gone through this either themselves or with their loved ones. Any responses would be very greatly appreciated
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1346447 tn?1327866172
You can go through my wife's case and contact me for further details if you wish. The case is almost similar.
1474053 tn?1297829338
I'm sorry I am new here, how would I find it?
1444354 tn?1287448842
loss of swallowing is a symptom of stroke. it can correct itself over time, with the help of a speech and language therapist, who will assess the swallowing. regaining movement of the left side will also come in time, with the help of the physiotherapists and occupational therapists and good nursing care.
after stroke, people can make full recoveries, some may become independent again, some may need a little help at home etc. whilst some unfortunately do not get better.
a good website dedicated to stroke is the stroke association website. just google it.

after a stroke, people can become really tired. stroke takes its toll on the body. its a good sign that your loved one can start to move her limbs abit.
stroke patients tend to be put NBM (nil by mouth) until a swallowing assessment has been done, therefore the fluid will keep them hydrated. heparin is a drug used to stop clots forming or treat blood clots that have formed. a stroke is when a blood clot as gone to the brain causing an ischaemic stroke. there are two different types of strokes, ischaemic and haemorrhagic. haemorrhagic is a bleed in to the brain. your loved one needs good stroke rehabillitation, where there are doctors, nurses and other professionals there who specialise in stroke for the best outcome.

hope all goes well for you x
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