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Depending on where the stroke is in the brain, your father's balance may be affected as well as the leg numbness. Are his legs still numb or has the feeling come back? What about numbness in the bottoms of his feet? Diabetes can cause that without a stroke. And yes, Valium can make you dizzy and make you fall.

But I tell you that even if his legs are back to normal, his balance may be way off just from the stroke alone and he may need physical therapy to get it back. I'm going through that right now myself. Talk to his doc and ask about therapy to improve his strength and balance. There are lots of techniques to help regain balance.

As for his future, he's going to need to keep his BP and sugar under tight control and take a blood thinner to stop clots. And watch for depression. It's another major complication of a stroke. Anything that messes with brain function can trigger a chemical depression besides the realization that you've had a stroke and your life is in constant danger. It's facing one's mortality. Hard on everyone. So consider a therapist to talk to him about how he feels. Helped me. I had my first stroke at 48 and I've had several more small ones since then. It's tough on everyone...I know.

good luck and gentle hugs...................Jenny

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