Prolotherapy resultProlotherapy, or proliferative injection therapy, is a controversial treatment designed to stimulate the growth of new, normal ligament and tendon tissue. It is based on the theory that the cause of most chronic musculoskeletal pain is ligament and/or tendon weakness or looseness. Stimulating growth of these structures would then strengthen these structures and alleviate pain, injections of irritative substances produces mild inflammation, which in turn stimulates growth and repair.

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Caregiving for strokeeReluctant caregiver?! Was there ever any other kind? Did anyone, when confronted with a need to give long term-care to a relative or close friend, ever gleefully clap hands and squeal “Oh - Boy- Oh-Boy-Oh-Boy what fun! I get to sacrifice my pleasures and projects and personal life for the twenty-four-seven responsibility for another person?” Not that you’d even consider not doing it, especially since

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GENERIC DRUGS for people healthDuring recovery I had an adventure with my blood pressure. Using 50 milligrams of Zestril (an ACE inhibitor) per day I always kept my blood pressure in the 120 to 130 range. If it sneaked over the upper border, I had permission from my doctor to add another 10 milligrams. I take my blood pressure every day so I can spring into action if it goes higher than it should be.

This particular morning I was aghast

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Speach problemTwo common effects of a stroke are dysarthia and aphasia, and they can be among the most frustrating disabilities a strokee is faced with during rehabilitation. Happily, there are many eager professionals ready to help you reclaim language.2

incidentally - or not so incidentally - speech therapists not only treat stroke-induced aphasia, but equally, if not more importantly, they help with swallowing. The therapy

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Occupational Therapy for strokeeDespite its name, occupational therapy (OT) has nothing to do with getting you back to the office after the stroke. Occupational therapy has to do with such things as getting in and out of bed, usually completed without much thought in our pre-stroke days. It also deals with any kind of communication, such as writing, phoning, tape recording, or using a computer. Basically, OT helps the things you do everyday with the upper body (arms and hands mainly.)

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Stroke at DiabetesDiabetes can cause small blood vessels to close prematurely. When that happens to vessels in the brain, strokes may occur. There are two kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. At this stage of medical science, you can’t kick type 1 diabetes no matter how hard you - and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - try. Just ask the woman who’s had type 1 for thirty-six years. But the good news is that you can control it; by keeping your blood sugar in the normal range you will greatly diminish your risk of a stroke.

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THE OTHER TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR STROKEES

in The Pursuit of Happiness
In closing this part on adjusting to being a strokee and in leading into how to care for a strokee, I will offer you something I stumbled upon on the Internet…

Osteoporosis Alert

in Recovery
I’ve been fortunate in that I didn’t suffer serious damage in any of my falls. Many people - especially older women - run the risk of fracturing a bone (often…

ROY HORN: THE CVA OR THE TIGER? ROY'S ACCIDENT - Part 2

in Other People's Strokes
The most important thing, Siegfried and Roy’s manager Bernie Yuman said, “is that Siegfried is really challenging him” at what will require long-term rehab.…

Autogenic Training

in Taking Care of the Caregiver
This is the one thing that is almost a surefire way of getting me back to sleep. Autogenics - the word means “self-generating” - is a tension-relieving method…

Strokes and Seizures

in After the Stroke
Seizures are one of the brain’s responses to injury. They are also something that many stroke victims experience post-stroke. While a seizure is frightening…

June's Setback #2

in After the Stroke
In the autumn of my fourth year post-stroke, I experienced another setback. One morning at breakfast I felt strange and asked Barbara if she could help me eat.…

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