DMCMJ
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DMCMJ, October 31,  2019  6:50am EST

Understanding

I had a mild stroke April 2019 that affected my right side.  I participated in PT for 3 months at a facility and have continued the exercises at home.  I am able to do everything I could do before the stroke but I don't have endurance.  What I would appreciate your help with is understanding the physical feelings. It feels like there is a band around my arm. At first the band was about 1 inch wide but as of last Friday the band now covers from mid bicep to just above the wrist.  My leg feels like I am wearing fuzzy clothing.   My torso on the right side, front and back, feels as if I am being pressed -- like the pressure during a mammogram.  I'm not sure what I need from you. Maybe just a "yep same here.".  Or, "keep working this too shall pass."  I look forward to your comments.  

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, October 31,  2019  9:31am EST

    I am so sorry that this has happened. I can share the information we have on Stroke & Fatigue with you. Please know that you are not alone in this recovery. Best Katie

  • JKViggiano
    JKViggiano, October 31,  2019  12:56pm EST

    Hi there. One of the hard things about stroke is that no one can predict anything for anyone. We can, however, relate what happened to us. My husband is an 11-year stroke survivor. His right arm was completely numb for a couple years. We spent a lot of time looking at his arm and playing the "where am I touching you?" game.  Eventually it felt like I was touching him through a thick coat. That lasted a couple more years. Now he says it feels more like I am touching his arm through a shirt. 

    No one knows what comes and goes. This may sound crazy but because our brains are so amazing, my recommendation is to regularly look at your arm and imagine those feelings disappearing. Imagine what normal feels like. Let your brain try to calm those nerves. Let's see what happens!

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