How a stroke can affect you
Stroke affects everyone in different ways. How you are affected will depend on which part of your brain has been damaged and how severe your stroke is.
A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you feel, think and communicate.
Each side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body. So, a stroke in the right side of your brain will affect the left side of your body. And a stroke in the left side of your brain will affect the right side of your body. Specific areas of your brain also control specific tasks in your body such as vision, memory, speech or hearing.
What effects might I experience after a stroke?
Although all strokes are different, there are some common effects that people experience frequently after a stroke. These include:
- Muscle weakness or loss of movement
- Problems with balance and movement
- Communication difficulties
- Swallowing difficulties
- Changes in thinking and behaviour
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Pain including central post-stroke pain (CPSP)
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Altered vision