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    Questions about stroke
    ACKSK posted:
    My grandma (87) had a stroke 2 weeks ago. Originally she would open her eyes every so often and would answer "yes" when we asked her questions (this was maybe day 3 &4 post stroke). Now she isn't doing anything, except breathing by herself with the help of a nasal cannula. She doesnt seem upset by lab draws (pain). She is constantly sleeping. She has a fever off and on. Are these symptoms common? How long on average does it take before improvement happens? Any advice what we should do? Thanks in advance!
    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    I am sorry to hear about your grandma. It would help to know the location and size of her stroke. As a general rule, the older the person, the less likely they are to make a good recovery. Have you asked the doctor's why she is still not awake? Since most stroke patients make some improvement, you should ask her doctors why she has not improved. It may be a combination of her age and a very large stroke. The key is to make sure she is comfortable and getting good nursing care, so that you are giving her the "opportunity" to improve.

    Good Luck
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
    ACKSK replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    The location is the left cerebral artery. ...we have done everything we can do to make sure she is comfortable. Haaving her turned every few hours, making sure she looks comfortable, etc. The nursing care was not stellar at the first hospital she was at, but she was transfered to another hospital (LTAC) and we are much happier with their care. We have a different set of doctors, so we will see what they say...
    DeborahJ replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    My dad had a stroke on November 16, 2012. He was ok still we took him to Vellore, India for a thorough checkup. He just came back from there on 19th of this month. He was ok but suddenly he started to have hiccups from yesterday again. He had this right after his stroke for few days, then it was gone. But from yesterday he's having this,even when he is sleeping. Please suggest us what to do
    itmatsb replied to DeborahJ's response:
    Look at the hiccups posting on here with expert advice. The question says, "We already treated him with: baclofen, promazine, omeprazole and domperidone." The expert answers, "There are two other anticonvulsants that doctors use to treat intractable hiccups: valproic acid and gabapentin"

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