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Hi all I suffered a stroke 5 weeks ago now, I had the thrombolysis drug as I was within time. I am 44. At first I lost total use of my left leg and arm, my leg has come back quite well and can now walk with the aid of a stick, my arm is taking much longer and I have small movement in arm and hand. My question is had anyone else been through the same and regained most movement, I’m getting a little depressed about this at the moment and you love some small reassurance. I know everyone is different but I’m sure someone has been though similar. Many thanks for reading this

Dear Jackson
I was paralysed down the left side. At six weeks I had some mobility and it has just got better and better as time goes by. I am now 23 months and last week I noticed how good my ability was to avoid stumbling. And that I at least have quite a decent grip with my left hand. Tiny little improvements keep happening and it means the whole of me is improving bit by bit.
Smile four times a day. Be positive. Write down your goals then write down how you are going to achieve those goals. Think lots about what you can do and not what you can not do. Fight off the depression, it will lengthen your recovery time if you fall into depression.
Most of us get sudden bits of good improvement or "whooshes" as some of us call it.
Think how well you are compared to many other stroke victims. You are a survivor, not one of the many victims. you have been chosen to survive.
Your age will help you a lot. Old enough not to expect the world tomorrow, young enough to be fit for the recovery that you will be travelling along.
In a word, have I been through similar to you and have I got 95% movement of my limbs...YES.

You can do it. Keep patient.

Best wishes
Colin

Hi Jackson
Five weeks can be very early stages in terms of recovery. I'm 2.5 yrs post stroke also had weakness in my arm and leg for a few weeks which returned fairly quickly. I did have numbness in my little finger for several months. One thing I did struggle with for quite a while was stairs but that was more cognitive than physical. I still have residual effects but in terms of mobility I'd say I'm recovered. I do find that if I've been very active my affected side can feel slightly weak for a couple of days but soon goes back to normal. Rachel x

Dear Jackson
I thought about you when I awoke this morning. I assume you are at home. Looking back at my stroke diary to the 5 week stage....
I would sit and make each finger move as far as it would easily go. All 5 digits one by one. Then again and then again. Then clench a fist then move from the elbow then the whole arm. Think all the time about how I wanted those muscles to work. I found recovery progress was very good for six weeks. Quite good for 3 months then slow for the next year or so.

A big factor is that it is up to you to get that brain working. Don't wait for others to do it for you. Yes I got despondent. But for a lot of the time I just enjoyed the things I could do. And to get your brain to work the whole hand is a wonderful experience. I think of it as being a new born and learning just about everything from scratch. Our brains are amazing.

We have, for whatever reason, been given a second chance of life. I try to look forward to what I am capable of doing and not look back to when I could ride a bike and work all day with ease.
Yesterday I crawled on my tummy underneath an apple tree and applied the grease band. Now that used so many muscles and I was thrilled that I did it. I can already drive. Weak left leg doesn't matter for driving. And I get up a step ladder. Slow, but I can do it. And my balance gets better every week. And I wait on tables at the Churh café. I can pick up 8 mugs. Or a pile of plates. I have to go slow as every movement is a performance. But when another muscle comes online it is wonderful.

Colin

5 weeks is early in the process but you may well regain full movement of all your limbs. It takes work, determination and concentration. It took me about 9 months to stop veering to the left if I didn't concentrate when walking but either my brain has rewired to stop it or I concentrate automatically now, I don't know which but it works. My left arm was also affected but by concentrating on making small movements almost constantly for a period of months I have regained the full range of movement and sensitivity. It's hard work but don't let it beat you, you can do it.

5 weeks is early in the process but you may well regain full movement of all your limbs. It takes work, determination and concentration. It took me about 9 months to stop veering to the left if I didn't concentrate when walking but either my brain has rewired to stop it or I concentrate automatically now, I don't know which but it works. My left arm was also affected but by concentrating on making small movements almost constantly for a period of months I have regained the full range of movement and sensitivity. It's hard work but don't let it beat you, you can do it.

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