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Stroke
Posted by: Daniel
Date: April 15, 2004 6:39 PM

My brother is 63 years old. He is basically fit and in good health. He had a severe stroke two months ago. While he is gradually recovering his speech and has no mental disorder nor short term memory problems, his left shoulder, arm and leg are completely paralyzed, and not improving at all. How likely is it for his left side to "wake up," and when? I'm told that most of the mobility should be recovered during the early days of a stroke.

RE: Stroke
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 15, 2004 10:31 PM

First of all, your brother is not in good health if he had a stroke. Strokes do not happen in people who are in good health. If you mean he was walking, talking, eating, sleeping, happy, physically strong, etc. then OK, but not in total good health. Two items can be implicated in stroke, and they are equally important. One is the health of the vascular system, the other is the health of the blood which flows through the vascular system. The latter can change the flow characteristics of the blood. In any circumstance, the task is two fold: (1) to insure that another stroke does not happen and (2) help resolve the effects of the first stroke. In both cases he needs to be evaluated by a doctor who understands these problems and how they can be corrected. Hint: mainstream medicine has not a clue. For vascular disease the solution is chelation therapy. Most of the doctors on this website are good at that. For the condition of the blood, you may have a very hard time finding someone who can evaluate that, including the flow characteristics (a science called "rheology"). If you call a doctor and that person knows what “rheology” is all about, you may have a live one. If that word is foreign to that person, keep looking and don't waste your time. Of course, you want to be sure you are not dealing with a large carotid or other cerebral artery blockage, but I presume that has already been considered and ruled out. Almost all docs know to do that. So much for prevention of future strokes.

As to prognosis from this point, that depends in part on what you do at this time. The sooner you can get your brother to the right doctor, the better the long-term outlook. In addition to the above modalities, I suggest you consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The problem with stroke is two-fold: (1) some cells die and are never coming back, (2) surrounding those cells is a "penumbra" of cells which have not died and are "sleeping." If they "wake up," you get return of function, if not then no return. Chelation therapy, improving the rheology, IV hydrogen peroxide therapy, a nutritional "overhaul," and hyperbaric oxygen therapy all help that penumbra of cells. It comes down to getting the right doctor in a hurry since left untreated progressively more of the penumbra cells will die than if left untreated. Again, mainstream medicine is relatively clueless. You need the right doctor.

RE: Stroke
Posted by: Daniel
Date: April 16, 2004 5:30 AM

I forgot to mention that my brother underwent neurosurgery in order to get relief from a disk hernia in his back. About two hours after the operation a stroke occured. The surgeon himself says that the stroke was caused by the operation, possibly because of the patient's position such an operation requires. Another factor is that while the operation was scheduled to last 45 minutes, it took 5 hours to finish the job due to unanticipated complications. After thorough examinations of various kinds, the medical team confirmed my brother has no inherent predisposition for strokes. This is why I stated my brother is basically a healthy person. My concern now is for my brother to recover what is recoverable, and I will seek advice in line with your recommendations.

RE: Stroke
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 16, 2004 2:59 PM

I am interested to know on what basis the medical team has concluded your brother has no inherent tendency to strokes. As far as I know not everyone who has a five hour surgery has a stroke. In fact I imagine the percentage would be rather small. I will stick by the assertion that your brother has a tendency to stroke which was brought out and manifested by the stress of surgery. I would love to put a droplet of his blood under a dark field microscope.



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