cerebral stroke.

Posted by rjevenson @rjevenson, Feb 28, 2019

My husband had a cerebral stroke 2 1/2 years ago. Only side effect has been dizziness and it is all the time. Meclizine doesn't seem to help. He has dementia also so doesn't understand all that is going on. Any ideas for the dizziness? I have thought an appointment at Mayo for thorough checkup might be good.

During a car accident nearly four years ago, I suffered two brain bleeds and now have a focus of encephalopothy in my frontal lobe. Since then I have been dizzy some or all of every single day. Message, vestibular exercises, Tai Chi, reading books not newspapers or tablets because with books one's head stays stable, doing music and painting and socializing on a small scale have all helped me.
Your husband having dementia definitely complicates things, but music and slow movement exercise like Tai Chi would help, I believe. Eye movement training from a Physical Therapist may help also. Lorazepam in small doses has helped me maintain, although it is an addictive substance and use of the drug needs to be monitored. My hope for you and your husband is to take small steps each day toward healing. Good luck.

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RJ, I too had a cellebellar stroke, right side. I was given a med for the vertigo, or dizziness. Mine did improve but my balance is still a challenge. You could enquire. I had many deficits, not just dizziness, and most are improved, but I'm not close to what I was. Sure hope he improves. Dizziness is unpleasant and disconcerting, more so for one with dementia!

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RJ, I too had a cellebellar stroke, right side. I was given a med for the vertigo, or dizziness. Mine did improve but my balance is still a challenge. You could enquire. I had many deficits, not just dizziness, and most are improved, but I'm not close to what I was. Sure hope he improves. Dizziness is unpleasant and disconcerting, more so for one with dementia!

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Oh. Sorry. You have tried meds.

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Hello @rjevenson and welcome to Mayo Connect,

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's stroke. I think a second opinion at a Mayo facility might be a good idea. Do you live near a Mayo Clinic?
Vestibular therapy might be helpful if he is able to focus on doing the exercises. Is he able to follow directions or follow the movements of someone else?

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