Strokes induce damage to the nervous system (Posted late on 10/13 from 10/12)

Because strokes oftentimes affect the nervous system, it ordinarily causes chronic pain syndromes. This is called neuropathic pain.

The brain’s pathways are sometimes damaged. They cause the transmission of false signals that result in the sensation of pain in a limb or in one particular side of your client’s body that is affected by the sensory deficit.

“Thalamic Pain Syndrome” is the most common of the pain syndromes. It is caused by a stroke to the thalamus; the midline symmetrical structure of two halves, within the vertebrate brain. It is situated in the cerebral cortex and the midbrain. The thalamus controls a person’s sensory and motor signals to the cerebral cortex and the regulation of consciousness, sleep and alertness.

It may be quite difficult to treat the thalamus with medications because of what it controls. Also, the nervous system is not the sole factor that may contribute to the pain after a stroke occurs, but may in fact be due to the mechanical difficulties your client is experiencing because of weakness due to the stroke.

“Frozen” joints occur when there is lack of movement for a prolonged period of time; immobilized so that the joints become fixed in one position. If this occurs, your client will have to see a therapist so that they will be able to allow easy movement if and when voluntary motor strength returns.

You will just have to show them that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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