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    arm odor
    An_253333 posted:
    Hi gonna sound crazy but my guy pt has a very funky odor coming from his arm had a rt side stroke and has a very limited use of his right arm does this tipically happen after a stroke? this is not his arm pit it is the arm itself am i missing sometihing i know it is not a bathing issue as i do him myself plus the vna does him 3 times a week but i just get oh ya as a responce from them when i question it
    susiebelle responded:
    Talk to your neurologost there is a shot they can give to help this according to my neurologist.
    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    No question this is an unusual symptom. After a stroke, people can sweat less or more and the limited use of an extremity can lead to a build up of "stuff." Not very scientific. The other possibility is to look at any new medications. In rare cases medications can cause a patient to have an odor. I am sure you looked at the simple stuff like new soap, new detergent, new clothes, etc. There may not be a answer, but keep looking. 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.

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