Hi all, this is my second post after my RT Thalamic stroke almost 7 months ago. Things have been good I suppose, the Neuropathic pain is still there with Pregabalin being the only drug offered for the time being and I keep getting Cardiac Investigation appointments at the hospital but still haven’t seen a consultant, spoke to one but that’s it!!
My question to you is how is it that I feel worse now than I did before ? My shoulder is really tight, my arm, leg chest, shoulder completely numb but the new one 6 months later is that I loose my balance at the drop of a hat!! I don’t get dizzy I just loose my balance I recover almost instantly and it’s like it never happened… The GP says it normal and to be expected but doesn’t really help.
I’m just need your Thalamic stories please, I know I’ve been lucky in the Stroke lotto as things could be so much worse
A thalamic stroke isn’t a common one to find info about. I’ve searched too many sites and have read most of the posts on here with reference to it… As I’ve said before it just keeps giving with no outwardly obvious symptoms but plenty that are hidden .
Hi Jay, I think it’s the same as I had. I had left anterior thalamus. I too have been trying to find out about it. The stroke nurse who told me I’d had one told me it was a naughty one and moved her hand up and down as if on a rollercoaster, she said I would have more. But that’s all I know, and like you I want to know more. I’ve got an appointment 5th February so I’m hoping I’ll know more then. Sam x
I hope you’re appointment on the 5th goes well and you get some answers. My only Consultant appointment was a 5 min phone call then it was back to the GPs who I’m sure don’t know what to do with me as I look completely normal, it’s whats inside is broken… I try to explain things to my wife but again I don’t think she really understands the feelings that I get.
Jay I am exactly the same! I look fine, but like you I’m not the same inside!! It’s not until I started doing things I realised there were things I struggled with , reading long passages, processing it all, logical thinking used to be a strength now I struggle. Anxiety, and like you shoulder and upper arm pain. I’ll let you know if I learn anything else at my appointment. Take care x
That’s something I’d not thought of… I was a HGV attic driver until my stroke but obviously lost my license the moment it happened. I only had 4 weeks off work as that’s all they would pay me but they did give me a job in the office on nights, nice eh!! I struggle with processing the new info, even after 6 months of doing it I have to time out to think about what I’m doing (Even looking at another window on the pc). For me though, I have started to run again, I did run marathons and do trail runs but am now back to C25K. Running with a numb leg and foot is interesting
One of my strokes was thalamic, but I doubt is I can be helpful much. I had very many strokes at the same time from Endocarditis. It caused an embolic shower, which is clots of bacteria and blood shooting all over throughout the arteries and veins. Only one of my strokes was hemhorragic. I don’t know which areas caused which effects.
There are some unfortunate pain outcomes with thalamic strokes. Tingling, numbness and for some this will turn into a burning sensation.
My own experience is that the pain fluctuates in severity but also where the pain sensation appears to be. I use the word appears as this is not an injury in the arm, leg, face etc
The thalamus was described to me as a main line railway station where lots of information flows through, all your sensations information. Perhaps it is not associated with so much in the way of physical disability, only a guess.
I have tried amitriptyline, nortriptyline and now duloxetine on top of pregablin. The latest suggestion is to drop duloxetine if now apparent in 2 months and increase pregablin. I am exploring the psychological angle as well as mirror therapy.
I move in to using the mirror in mid Feb. At the moment I am in the imagination phase. It’s pretty easy to think, is this going to work …
I have been imagining over and over picking up a glass from the kitchen worktop. What the glass will feel like in my hand, what temperature will the glass be, the ridges on the glass, quite a lot of detail.
I have supplemented the guidelines with making small movements with my arm and thinking what the drink might taste like.
I have sat for a min or two just looking at a glass on the surface and thinking.
To my surprise, it seems to give a mild reduction in tingling after a week. Is it mindfulness? Perhaps something for the toolkit to battle pain. I get the feeling with this phase and the mirror phase to come that you do need to put the hours in.
And when you listened to one or two of hers you realised that she is in a league of her own in terms of the holistic approach, ditto conveying it. I’m impressed by her lack of “mums” and “You know” types of verbal litter
I was particularly struck by the repeated idea of stroke happens to the brain not the mind. Also the references to REM sleep. She’s only the 2nd professional I’ve heard referring to the clearing up of necrotic tissue - but she added that there is a second immune system for the brain which is partitioned from The bodily one - that was news to me .
I think she will repay listening to whereas others have conveyed much less, even if they knew it themselves I haven’t put it across.
I had a TIA in the Thalamus two years ago - and have been searching for details about it ever since. It was very strange hearing someone describe exactly the symptoms I had - but also just redoubled my perception of how lucky I was. I have no after effects ( other than the cardiologist won’t let me run).