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.
- 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.
- 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.