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I am sorry to hear about your daughter.
Often young stroke victims like her are found to have a small atrio-septal or ventriculo-septal defect allowing small venous clots to reach the brain.
May I ask what symptoms she has that you wish to improve?
Lyrica ( pregabalin ) is used to treat nerve pain - such an improvement in motor symptoms is quite astonishing and unexpected.
She should see a stroke medicine specialist - these experts tend to either be neurologists or physicians who have developed a special interest in the field.
Best that you get her to a multidisciplinary service where she can access , as well as medical care , ancillary services such as clinical psychology.
Stem cell transplants - very much at the experimental stage I am afraid.
Please feel free to get back to me - I need to log off now but I will most certainly get back to you.
I'm based in the UK.
However I do know that Lyrica is available in the USA.
Here it can only be prescribed for neuropathic type pain - dilating blood vessels will not help after a stroke - once the neurons( brain cells) are dead they do not recover - hence why stem cell research offers a glimmer of hope as you may be able to introduce new living cells.
I can only imagine how you must feel about the poor care you daughter relieved.
I'd be really pleased to hear about any progress your daughter makes - if Lyrica really can restore brain function in this way it would be quite astonishing.
Regards XXXXX XXXXX wishes.
For sure the NHS is good at most things - and like no other healthcare system it is free.
I expect that the delay in treatment was down to a clinical error by the doctor who made her initial assessment - this is a risk in any system where humans are involved.