If you've suffered a stroke, there are a variety of symptoms that may cause you problems following the incident. These issues will differ from person to person.
Here are some of the symptoms you may experience:
Due to a stroke's effect on the brain, you may suffer cognitive issues. It's not uncommon for patients to have problems with short-term memory loss following an attack. Depending on which part of the brain a stroke affects, you may also suffer long-term memory loss following the incident. Issues with attention may be caused by your brain's inability to focus on one thing at a time, and you may find that you are easily distracted. Other cognitive problems may lead to troubles with perception and communication.
The Stroke Association pointed out that it's common for stroke sufferers to struggle with their emotions following the attack. However, if the part of your brain that regulates emotions is affected by the stroke, it may also lead to other changes in your behavior, feelings, and thoughts. Specific emotional problems you may encounter include anger, anxiety, depression, emotionalism, or changes to your personality. Emotionalism is when you have problems controlling your feelings, which could also lead to social disruptions.
There are a number of ways a stroke can affect your body from head to toe. According to the National Stroke Association, some of the different conditions you may be dealing with include:
• Paralysis, which prevents your muscles from moving when you want them to. This happens in several forms: dysphagia (affecting the throat), foot drop (in the front part of your foot), hemiparesis (when one side of the body experiences impaired movement) and spasticity (causing muscles to tighten and stiffen).
• Chronic fatigue that is not improved with rest.
• Seizures that result in convulsions or spasms due to abnormal brain activity.
• Incontinence, or an inability to control your bladder or bowel movements.
• Pain in general, this is common in most stroke patients.
• Vision loss or other disturbances to your sight.
• Sleep issues that range from insomnia to breathing disorders.
If you are suffering from one of these symptoms or another issue as the result of a stroke, talk to your doctor about ways to deal with the problem. There are a variety of therapies and other techniques that may provide you with the relief you are looking for.