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My husband (67yrs) suffered a stroke to left brain November 2007. He is gradually, with rehabilitation, recovering good use of limbs and did not lose speech but his biggest problem is constant debilitating headaches. He is constantly on Panadine but the only relief seems to be to take tablets, lie down and try to sleep. Consequently, he ends up spending a lot of time in bed, discouraged and unable to exercise. He considers these headaches are his biggest hurdle to recovery. What we want to know is, is this a regular consequence of having a stroke? Are the headaches caused by the stroke? (Can't get a definite answer about this from Doctor) and are they likely to be a permanent condition? Thanks for any help. Kay.
Headache after stroke is not uncommon, though not routine by any means. The can be disabling and I'd recommend you seek care from an actual headache expert for better treatment ...
An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. The symptoms of stroke are easy to spot: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or when they are damaged by sudden bleeding into or around the brain. These damaged cells can linger in a compromised state for several hours. With timely treatment, these cells can be saved. Stroke is diagnosed through several techniques: a short neurological examination, blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans, Doppler ultrasound, and arteriography. Stroke seems to run in some families. Family members may have a genetic tendency for stroke or share a lifestyle that contributes to stroke. The most...
. . . more people died from Migrainous Stroke last year than were murdered by handguns. 1 Unfortunately, those who suffer with Migraine disease or other headache disorders are all too used to not being taken seriously. A doctor recently said to one of our forum members that, "Migraine isn't really a health issue as much as a quality of life issue." Were it within my power, I'd revoke his license to practice medicine -- after I slapped him silly, of course. Is it any wonder that Migraineurs often don't realize the possibly serious ramifications of Migraine attacks when their doctors make such uneducated comments? Abi S. was young woman who was a participant in a forum and chat room I moderated was in the throes of a multi-day Migraine attack. Her medications hadn't helped, and she had not sought emergency care because her parents had accused her of faking Migraines to get attention. A few days later, I received an email from her mother telling me t...
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