I am lazy and I type with one hand. As a result I tend to abbreviate my more commonly used words.
AVM: Arteriovenous malformation (will be further defined in its own page when I get the time to add it; I will attach a link to that page as well)
CPS: Central Pain Syndrome
H.E.P: Home exercise plan
N.ICU: Neurocritical Intensive Care Unit
PT: Physical therapy or physical therapist
OT: Occupational therapy or Occupational Therapist
ROM: Range of Motion
UHS-SA: Hospital I was transferred to for treatment of stroke, inpat rehab and craniotomy
Sometimes I use words that people don’t know or aren’t familiar with. In case that happens here’s a few definitions with links to better explanations:
Bruit AKA pulsatile tinnitus: An easy way to define this myself would be to say that it is the whooshing noise you hear when you lay your head down at night. It sounds like your heart is in your head. If you hear it like I did, it’s comforting, but if it’s only occasionally that you hear it, I’ve been told it’s annoying. The link provided is good because it clarifies the difference between tinnitus (a high-pitched, sometimes painfully annoying and inescapable noise) and pulsatile tinnitus (bruit; calming, relaxing and often rhythmic as it matches your heart rate/beat).
Central Pain Syndrome (CPS): “[…] pain and loss of sensation, usually in the face, arms and/or legs. Pain is often constant and can be mild, moderate, or severe in intensity. Affected individuals may become hypersensitive to painful stimuli.” CPS is caused by damage to the brain. Neurons in the brain incorrectly read sensations to the skin. Unlike other similar conditions, a person can experience pain without stimuli.
Dysphagia: Difficulty swallowing due to medical condition.
Electro-stimulation therapy: A type of therapy used to stimulate weakened muscles or ease pain.
Embolization AKA endovascular embolization: “medical procedure to treat abnormal blood vessels in the brain and other parts of the body. It is an alternative to open surgery.” From what I’ve learned, a lot of times they will use this as a type of “pre-treatment” to help lessen the risks associated with other forms of treatment. Example: they will try to embolize to shrink the AVM by cutting off blood supply thus killing off small or large areas of the AVM, most specifically any feeding vessels/veins/arteries that may increase weakening of other vessels as blood is continually fed into and through involved vessels. This helps increase the success rate of further treatments such as craniotomy.
Hemiparesis: Weakness to one side of the body. Often caused by damage to the brain or other neurological medical conditions.
Paresthesia: The feeling of pins and needles, numbness to skin. Most people experience the mildest form when a limb “falls asleep.” Chronic paresthesia is usually caused by brain or spinal nerve damage.
Spasticity: Tightening or pulling of weakened muscles making it difficult to walk, among other things.
Supination: “Foot supination or under-pronation occurs when feet roll outwards, placing weight on the outside of the foot.”