Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fatigue after stroke: a major but neglected issue.

16 years and still a neglected issue. No one in stroke has any leadership capability. Leaders tackle the difficult problems, they don't ignore them.
2001 Aug;12(2):75-81.


Subjective fatigue, defined as a feeling of early exhaustion developing during mental activity, with weariness, lack of energy and aversion to effort, remains virtually unstudied in patients with stroke, bur recent surveys suggest that it is a major, commonly overlooked, stroke sequela. While the few existing series did not show significant correlations between fatigue and stroke severity, lesion location, cognitive and neurological impairment and depression, recent neurobehavioral studies have highlighted an association between fatigue and brainstem and thalamic lesions. This suggests that fatigue may be linked to the interruption of neural networks involved in tonic attention, such as the reticular activating system. In fact, several subtypes of fatigue may develop after stroke, in connection with cognitive sequelae, neurological impairment, psychological factors and sleep disorders. A challenge is to identify and delineate these different subtypes and to distinguish them from mood disorders, which frequently coexist. We emphasize the concept of 'primary' poststroke fatigue, which may develop in the absence of depression or a significant cognitive sequela, and which may be linked to attentional deficits resulting from specific damage to the reticular formation and related structures involved in the subcortical attentional network. In the patients with excellent neurological and neuropsychological recovery, poststroke fatigue may be the only persisting sequela, which may severely limit their return to previous activities. The recognition of poststroke fatigue may be critical during recovery and rehabilitation after stroke.

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