Brain Damage

I remember once in rehab my PT was talking about another patient that she was treating that had an acoustic neuroma(brain tumor) and had a stroke during brain surgery.  Don’t have brain surgery people, you’re likely to have a stroke.  But if you need brain surgery, you need it, don’t listen to me.  Anyway, sometimes my therapists talked to me like I knew something and my PT said to me “I never treated her for the acoustic neuroma.”  Well, no you wouldn’t/couldn’t treat her for that, you would treat her for the brain damage and ensuing effects that the brain damage caused.  But I didn’t correct her because some people still don’t think I know anything and REALLY didn’t think I knew anything then.  Like I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter where in the brain you have damage.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, or cerebellum.  It doesn’t matter if it’s damage from a hemorrhage or a blood clot.  No kind of damage is worse than any other.  The EFFECTS are going to vary GREATLY but brain damage is brain damage.  A stroke is a stroke.

Categories: Brain stuff, Health, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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8 replies

  1. Am confused. Are you saying that a stroke is not brain damage? The brain is damaged because of a stroke.

  2. I can’t get over the people who say to me, “I had my stroke in the parietal” or “The frontal region was affected.” I agree. A stroke is a stroke. I mean, who CARES where it was!

  3. I think the location is one very important factor among many in relation to outcome. For example a small lesion in the brainstem can result in death while a larger lesion in the frontal cortex could go undetected for years. Same for strokes, lacunar strokes are almost always “silent” and if they present with symptoms the recovery is typically good. BUT, location is NOT definitive. Even in our small sample here, many of us had similar locations, basal ganglia(myself, I think Julia, and Jo)…. and we all have/ had different deficits, recoveries. Brain injury is just so poorly understood. As much as I hate the saying, ” Every injury/recovery is different”, its true. There are many factors to consider: location, size, age, health condition prior, diet, attitude, motivation, physical ability before/just after, personal intersts, on and on. Recovery is convoluted…..Repetition is the only given in terms of promoting recovery.

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