SCM July/August 2009

Updated:Mar 6,2015

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jul Aug 2009
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Coping With Pain
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.)

Back to Extraordinary
As a kid, Beth McElhenny of Los Angeles, Calif. loved to escape at the movies. Sci-fi movies were particular favorites. So it is ironic that as an adult, she made a movie about a subject she could not escape. Beth is a stroke survivor, and her 20-minute film “Still Me” is the moving story of a survivor’s struggle to be seen not for his disability, but for who he really is.

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 Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

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 University of Illinois at Chicago about controlling diabetes through diet and exercise.


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.