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    Gi Bleeding after a stroke
    ralklm posted:
    Hello! My mother, who is 81 years old, had a stroke on November 22. It was ischemic and affected her left frontal lobe-it was a MCA stroke. She has been making amazing progress since there-doesn't seem to be paralysis. She has a fib which caused the stroke, has a stent from 15 years ago. Last Monday her cardiologist called me to say her EKG showed a different abnormality since after the stroke. He said it shows there may be some straining and lack of flow to the heart, could be from stroke, meds, blockage. Didn't recommend doing a chemical stress test. Past few days she has been extremely sensitive when the nurses would wipe her, and curl up on her side in bed. She had diarrhea and today my sister went to visit and there's rectal bleeding. The nurses say it suggests a GI Bleed. I'm at my wits end with all of this as she's all I have left. Any input on what this could mean, treatment, etc? She has aphasia so she can't even tell us what's going on....
    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    I am afraid this is a situation where on line medical advice would not be appropriate. There is so much going on that the advice should be given by someone who can examine your mom. The rectal bleeding could be as simple as a hemorrhoid or something more serious. There is no way to know without looking at her. Did her cardiologist have specific suggestions after her latest tests? If you did not get a clear understanding of what to do, call him back. I wish I had an easy answer for you. 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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