Month: August 2012

Melatonin

I use melatonin supplements frequently.  Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone made by the pineal gland that helps with regulating sleep patterns.  They do help me fall asleep.  I was told to use melatonin by my PCP.  Now, I certainly… Read More ›

NSA

I was on http://www.stroke.org, the National Stroke Association’s website, and read this…. “Stroke touches approximately 795,000 people a year in the U.S., and only four percent of patients are appropriately treated.”  4%????????  Really?????????  Let’s get that number up America, strokes… Read More ›

Locked-In Syndrome

Warning: really depressing post.  Locked-in syndrome means that every single muscle is paralyzed except the muscles that move your eyeballs but your mind is fine.  Your mind wasn’t damaged at all.  You are literally trapped in your own body.  You… Read More ›

Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain used to be my specialty.  I was really good at helping most pain related to the spine.  After a stroke, a lot of people have back and neck pain.  Your posture goes to shit, that’s the… Read More ›

Tendonitis

After a stroke you may be diagnosed with tendonitis for a variety of reasons. A tendon is what attaches the muscle to the bone. Ligaments attach bone to bone. ‘Itis’ means ‘inflammation of’ so tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon…. Read More ›