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tinamarie15, August 22,  2019  7:33am EST

Post Stroke Recovery Discomfort

Hey Group,

My 39 year old husband had two strokes about 6 months ago due to an unexplained dissection of his right vertibral and coratid arteries. We are on the path of rehabillitation, and are at the fine motor skills and range of motion stage with his left arm / elbow / wrist / hand. 

Just recently he decided to weed wack the house (insert eye roll, but I get it. Small tasks are accomplishments. Don’t worry he was safe, had no issues and was in control.) It’s been about three days now and he’s been complaining of discomfort in his left hand when it is not being used. I wish I had more of a description of the feeling but unfortunately he’s having a hard time describing it. He’s saying it isn’t painful, it isn’t tingling, or numb. It isn’t a resting leg kind of feeling either.

Has anyone heard of this before? Any suggestions? I feel like a useless caregiver because I can’t figure out what it is and I don’t know what to do. 

My plan was to wait a few more days, as it may just be overuse from all the vibration from the weed walker but I don’t want to be neglectful if it is something serious. 

Any help is appreciated! 

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  • JKViggiano
    JKViggiano, August 27,  2019  2:13pm EST

    Hi tinamarie. My husband has a very hard time describing things too. Makes it all so much harder. Have you talked to a occupational therapist? 

  • tinamarie15
    tinamarie15, September 9,  2019  11:25pm EST

    Hey JKViggiano,

    I was able to figure out his discomfort, after quite a game of caregiver 20 questions. He was feeling as though his recall time in trying to get his hand to move to seeing actual movement was delayed. I was able to do a few rehab based testing skills to confirm that there was no delay, and if any it was all exhaustion based. 

    Thank you so much for replying. It definitely took some prying and situation running to get the answer. 

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