How strokes can affect you

Every stroke is different and affects people in different ways but here are some common difficulties you may experience after having a stroke. 

There are several factors that determine the effects of stroke. These include: 
  • The type of stroke.  
  • The area of the brain that was damaged and how badly. The brain is divided into areas that control different functions such as; how you think, receive sensory messages, use language and move your body. 
  • Your general health.
  • Level of activity before the stroke. 
Some common difficulties you may experience after having a stroke include:
  • Weakness on one side of the body.
  • Problems controlling or coordinating movements.
  • Ignoring one side of your body, which is called neglect.
  • Difficulties swallowing food, drink or your own saliva.
  • Personality and behaviour changes.
  • Having uncontrollable outbursts of emotion without cause, which is called emotional lability.
  • Problems with thinking, memory and insight.
  • Difficulty receiving messages from your senses – smell, touch, taste, sight and hearing.
  • Problems speaking and understanding, or with reading and writing.
  • Feeling worried about having sex or having physical changes that make it difficult.
  • Vision loss.
  • Incontinence.
  • Fatigue. 
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