My grandpa had a stroke what are the chances of recovery?

Question by Fran H: My grandpa had a stroke what are the chances of recovery?
My grandpa had a stroke. He is 82 years old. He cant move the left side of his body and the right side is twitching. There is a lot of swelling in the brain. What are the chances of recovery and what surgery can help him with the brain swelling? He just had the stroke yesterday.

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Answer by mary
There is so many differences as to how much damage occured and what type of guy he is. It’s not good tho’.

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    Joycee May 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    It all dependes on the person…the best person to ask his his docotor..some people don’t survive one stroke at all and others can survive many

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    Anna C May 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Long-Term Recovery After Stroke
    After a stroke, an individual may experience physical difficulties, particularly in the arm, leg and face on one side of the body, cognitive problems, and speech and language deficits. The individual can expect some degree of “spontaneous recovery” in the days, weeks, and months immediately following the stroke. During this time, physical, cognitive, and communication deficits may diminish on their own as the brain heals, although intervention such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services can enhance this spontaneous recovery.

    Speech-language pathologists are trained to work with individuals with a variety of speech and language disorders, including aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia. An SLP can help the affected individual improve communication skills beyond what will naturally occur after the stroke and teach compensatory strategies to overcome communication deficits.

    The person who experiences a stroke can expect some degree of spontaneous recovery in the first 6 months or so after the stroke, although recovery may continue for over a year. The degree of recovery is highly dependent on the severity and location of the stroke and is very difficult to predict. Many times, improvements in physical abilities occur more rapidly than in communicative ability and cannot be used as a predictor for future speech and language improvements.

    Many people with aphasia and their families have written about living with aphasia and note that maintaining a positive attitude and learning from others’ experiences are keys to success in life after stroke. Reading personal accounts, using the Internet for information, and joining support groups are some ways that a person with aphasia and their family can learn about life with aphasia. Realizing that depression often follows a stroke, and knowing how to handle this depression, is also very important.

    Aphasia is often a chronic problem and learning to live with it gracefully is possible and can lead to a fulfilling and satisfying life after stroke.

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    gaillee01 May 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    It really depends upon the severity of his stroke! Most people can recover if the brain was not damaged in the wrong areas! My family has a history of strokes and with help, many of them have recovered nicely! The swelling in the brain is normal after such an occurance. It too, should subside! I wish him all the best! You too!

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    akablueeye May 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Always have hope, that is my philosophy

    Medical advancements have come so far with stroke patients;
    coupled with his will to live, he may do just fine.

    No one could really know but a doctor what his chances of recovery are as we don’t know all the specifics.

    Ask you doctor what he thinks of his chances…and what surgery is necessary if any, to reduce swelling.

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    tabatha g May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    im not a doctor or nothing like that; but i do know how to pray and thats what i will be doing for him and yourfamily im sorry to hear that .GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

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    devangel11 May 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Unfortunatly when people have had a stoke it takes time to heal an it can be varied, and after the have had one they can have more sorry im not a dr but you should talk to his an get the correct answer relating to the scans his dr has done, otherwise people will be guessing an you wont get the right information you need ask your grandpa for permission. hope he gets better take care :.)

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    twildman22 May 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    In simple terms, it depends on what kind of stroke/ severity/age and overall health of the individual. Some can complety overcome all the sideaffects while others are left with deficits of some kind or another. As far as swelling goes, some people need to have surgery and others just wait it out. It all depends on the individual and other complications that occur. Your grandpa is still in the early stage and sometimes things get worse before better. His age is not in his favor but i have seen people older than that recover and younger ones left with a lot of problems. Pray and leave it in Gods hands. Remember, even if he does not appear to respond, the hearing is often the last thing to go, so talk to him as much as you can.

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    jannsody May 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I’m so sorry about your grandpa. It must be very upsetting and even traumatic to be suddenly dealing with someone so close with all of those difficulties. I’ve heard that doctors (neurosurgeons) sometimes do operate on a person’s skull if there is a lot of swelling to try to reduce more damage from the edema (swelling). As someone else mentioned, each person is different especially an individual’s brain and so forth.

    Perhaps you can get some emotional support for you along with your family members who are so affected by this. There may be a brain injury (stroke is a type of brain injury called acquired brain injury/abi where the injury is Not due to outside blunt force) support group locally and/or a stroke support group. Those types of groups do Not take the place of actual therapy, but it can certainly help to not feel so alone. Wishing for your grandpa to get better real soon.

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    paintergal73 May 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I work with stroke patients to get physical therapy in a rehabilatation center in PA. Every stroke patient id different. Age is not the problem, but the degree of the stroke. I recently helped an 86 yr old stroke patient get better and go home with in home care. But it all depends on the severity. Also it depends on how their mental status is once the stroke settles. Sometimes it takes a while for the stroke to “settle” and then you can get a clear picture. One day is way too soon. If he had a massive stroke, I am sad to say it won’t be a good outcome. Get info from the doctor about the severity, that will help you judge. Best wishes.

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