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Re: After stroke my meds don't work!

Posted by Englishman006! on June 8, 2020, at 18:45:21

In reply to Re: After stroke my meds don't work! linkadge, posted by Englishman006! on June 8, 2020, at 8:01:59

> > Hmm.
> >
> > Do you have any new symptoms that you didn't have before? For example, are you more sensitive to light / sound?
> >
> > Depending on the region of the stroke, brain connectivity can be impaired. If you found the event particularly traumatic, this too can leave an emotional burden.
> >
> > I would go based on symptoms. You might try adjusting the dose of lamotrigine, fluoxetine or dextroamphetamine. You might try swapping fluoxetine for a different SSRI.
> >
> > Of course 'environmental enrichment' (exercise, social interaction, trying new things) can help the brain re-establish connections. They can also increase BDNF and NGF which can help improve the brain's plasticity.
> >
> > You might try adding some co-q10 (with doctor's supervision). It has some antidepressant properties and can improve the brain's mitochondrial energy.
> >
> > Linkadge
> >
> >
> >
> The stroke was bad, it was in the basal ganglia. I have changed my antidepressant to mirtazipine, been on it for 29 days but started at 15mg and for 6 days I've been on 45mg.
>
> I have recovered my sense of humour on occasion but it's only been for 4 or five days and that's only happened a handful of times. I know it's still there though.
>
> I used to have nightmares all the time prior to the stroke, I haven't had any since!
>

When I had the stroke I was in New York on holiday from Australia. I awoke with a nightmare at 3am, went to the toilet, was washing my hands and my arm flopped down! Then my leg went and I crawled back to the bed and alerted my partner. But I couldn't make sense. It was a word soup.

The ambulance took me to a hospital where they gave me clot busting drugs but they weren't working quickly enough so they took me to another hospital where I received a retrieval of the clot. The whole process took 6 or 7 hours. That was a lot of time wasted. I lost use of my right arm and need an orthotic to walk. I can't run or jog anymore.

I regained the ability to speak but they took me off all meds accept Prozac. I didn't say much because of the social phobia. I was there seven weeks. When I got back to Australia I was allowed to go on my old med regimen. But as I said, they didn't work as well anymore and I feel I've lost part of my personality.

I don't have impaired vision, the side of my mouth is numb but that is all. I kept my good looks, hehe! I'm 50 now but used to play soccer, go to athletics and Karate. Sport played a big role in my life. : (

I suspect the blood pressure or cholesterol meds may be playing a role...? I don't know.


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