Fatigue is one of the most common effects of stroke. It can make you feel unwell and like you're not in control of your recovery.
After a stroke, you may feel like you lack energy or strength and feel constantly weary or tired. Post-stroke fatigue does not always improve with rest and is not necessarily related to recent activity. So it is not like typical tiredness.
Post-stroke fatigue can range from relatively mild to severe and the intensity of the tiredness does not seem to be related to the severity or type of stroke you have had.
It is just as common after strokes caused by bleeding in the brain as those due to a blockage in a blood vessel. We do know that you are more likely to experience fatigue after a stroke than after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini stroke.
Even if you have made a full physical recovery, or your stroke was some time ago, fatigue can still be a constant problem.
There is no specific medication to treat post-stroke fatigue. However, there are a lot of things you can do to manage the condition.
Getting a proper diagnosis and finding out if there are any specific causes for your fatigue is the first step.
Your GP or stroke nurse can check if there are any medical conditions that could be affecting your fatigue.
Reviewing your current medication is also worthwhile.
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