Stroke survivors often experience pain after their strokes. This spans a spectrum from irritating headaches to crippling joint pain to shoulder subluxation to the often-difficult-to-treat central post-stroke pain (CPSP). For some patients, post-stroke pain may be serious enough to jeopardize their recovery by preventing them from participating in therapy. Whatever the level of pain, it compromises quality of life for patient and caregiver alike. (Find supplemental information on Post-Stroke Central Pain as mentioned in this issue.)
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A Primer on Brainstem Stroke
The brainstem is a crossroads of the nervous system. Impulses generated in either side of the cortex can only get to the arms, legs, heart and diaphragm by going through the brainstem. We talked about brainstem stroke with Dr. Richard Zorowitz, Chairman and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the
Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise
Many people with diabetes do not have to take insulin. We talked to endocrinologist Dr. Dan Mihailescu, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Diabetes Education Program at the
Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers about the magazine’s editorial content.
Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.
Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.
Everyday Survival features tips for making the house safe for survivors to move around in.