What happens to your body after a stroke?
You may experience weakness on one side of your body or problems with coordination and balance. This may cause you to have difficulty moving around and carrying out daily routines such as feeding, showering, and dressing.
Refer to physiotherapy and occupational therapy fact sheets for more information.
You may have difficulty swallowing and may need to be on a special food consistency or nasogastric tube feeding. Supplements may be prescribed to meet your daily nutritional requirements.
As a result of stroke, you may have poor memory attention or difficulty with thinking and reasoning. These difficulties may affect your ability to perform certain tasks and make decisions.
You may experience difficulty controlling your bladder or bowel movements. This may be due to the damage in the area of the brain or reduced in mobility.
Refer to continence problems fact sheets for more information.
Feelings of fatigue, anxiety, anger, or depression are common after stroke. These may be normal responses to what has happened.
In some cases, they may require specific treatment. Do inform your stroke care team if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Refer to psychological effects fact sheets for more information.
Stroke may create behavioural and personality changes impacted by the damage to the part of the brain, which regulates emotions, decision making and judgement.
Behavioral and personality changes include aggression, apathy, disinhibition, emotional lability, irritability, and impulsivity.
You may feel worried about engaging in physical intimacy or have a physical impairment that affects intimacy.
Refer Sexual Intimacy fact sheets for more information.
The consequences of stroke may restrict your ability to engage your usual social activities.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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