Prez wrote on Nov 21, 2020, 09:37:
I am doing alright - nowhere as good as I would like; better than many. 8+ months on and I'm left wondering if I'll ever fully recover. But docs say I defied the odds after such a stroke by not being a vegetable or even dying, so I'm trying to convince myself that I feel lucky. Anyway thank god for autocomplete on my phone- responding would take forever otherwise.
I'm really glad to hear that, Prez. You're a good guy. Strokes scare the hell out of me. There are definitely worse things than dying. As a tinnitus sufferer I get really pissed off at my brain for it. Neurological conditions are the worst. Have you looked at or tried any neuromodulation therapy? I'm a big fan of neuromodulation. I'm going to be trying it to see if I can lessen or eliminate my tinnitus as soon as this goddamned pandemic lets up - I was hoping to go do it last Spring. Neuromodulation has benefits for all manner of neurological conditions. This is way back from 2012.Stroke and Neuromodulation
"Meanwhile, other interventions under investigation concern the brain itself. During stroke recovery, the brain is reorganizing in a process known as plasticity. Some damaged brain tissue may recover or undamaged areas can be retrained to take over some functions. Applying neurostimulation while the patient undergoes physical or speech therapy may enhance plasticity and facilitate recovery. Two non-invasive neurostimulation approaches are transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Both methods do not require surgery and are applied externally to the patient’s head. In TMS, a coil is positioned over the head, typically while the patient is sitting on a special armchair. Pulses of magnetic stimulation are applied to the head at rest or during the performance of a task. These pulses may be applied on the side of the brain that has been affected by the stroke, on the side opposite to the stroke or on both sides. In tDCS, a sticker is applied to the head and is connected to a power source that creates small electrical fields. Unlike TMS, patients having tDCS can be mobile and may use the stimulation for prolonged periods of time (i.e. weeks). The stimulation can be continually delivered and patients take the devices home or to outpatient physical therapy."
And in a medical research paper from last year.... Acute and Post-acute Neuromodulation Induces Stroke Recovery by Promoting Survival Signaling, Neurogenesis, and Pyramidal Tract Plasticity
. It's long and technical but the conclusion is as follows....
"Our results demonstrate that high-frequency rTMS - Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation - decreases infarct volume and apoptosis, activates neuronal survival, neurogenesis, neuronal plasticity, and regional CBF. In addition, rTMS induces changes in gene expression, axonal projections and eventually functional recovery, altogether suggesting the complex nature of rTMS-induced mechanisms. Although rTMS was believed to exert its effects mainly by blocking apoptosis, we propose a wider range of mechanisms involved in its favorable effects, mainly consisting of neural-related processes. Overall, our data strongly support the rationale for the use of non-invasive high-frequency rTMS therapy in stroke patients in order to promote functional recovery through the induction of endogenous repair and recovery mechanisms of the brain."
I know if I had a stroke I'd definitely be going for this. Hope you make a full recovery, man!
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