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Understanding Post-Stroke Side-Effects & Limitations

The best possible recovery after a stroke attack can be achievable with integrated rehabilitation. It is essential to note that a stroke attack can have diverse, limiting effects on different people. Hence, it becomes important to be aware of the limitations and side-effects, post stroke.

With a patient-centric medical treatment plan, you can regain mobility, return back to regular activities and lead an independent life. Mentioned below are some of the side-effects which you might be affected with, after the stroke –

  • Difficulty in Speech and Swallowing – A stroke can affect certain parts of your brain which can result in the poor coordination between the brain and muscles. This further affects the ability to swallow. You can have problems in coughing, drinking and eating. Speech issues can also crop up where you won’t be able to pronounce or even speak properly.
  • Fatigue and Sleep problems – This is a common effect which Post-Stroke patients face. Sleep disorder is another issue that is quite prevalent among patients. There can be changes in the sleep patterns which can affect the sleep cycle of patients. Performing simple tasks will also become problematic due to tiredness and fatigue.
  • Spasticity of Muscles –Increased tightness in the different groups of muscles is another limitation. It especially affects the upper and lower limbs which may lead to deformities and restriction of activities.
  • Cognitive Dysfunction – Behavioral changes, feelings of depression, anxiety, mood swings are some common effects, post-stroke. Coping with your emotions can also become difficult, which can alter your personality, as well. Memory impairment can be another issue.
  • Pain–Shoulder-hand syndrome can be another possibility, after the stroke. Pain in shoulder and arms occur due to complications in stroke. Weakness in certain body parts and muscles is also common. Some patients even suffer from throbbing headaches.

Bed sores and ulcers occur in exposed areas of the body like back and heel. Incoordination of hand movement, and balance problems are also possible.

The above-mentioned symptoms or side-effects are treatable with appropriately planned rehabilitation and therapy. Working with speech therapists is an integral part of Speech and Swallow therapy. Occupational therapy will help patients in performing daily activities without hassle. Pain management is an essential aspect of Stroke rehabilitation as it helps in controlling and improving the discomforting sensation of body muscles. Physical therapy and Orthosis enable you in regaining independence and help in enhancing mobility.

With a comprehensive, supervised rehabilitation program, getting back to regular life after a stroke is indeed possible.