Fatigue affects the majority of stroke survivors and it can have a big effect on your life. This guide looks at the causes and impact of fatigue, and suggests practical ways you can help yourself and seek support.
Fatigue is different from normal tiredness, as it doesn’t seem to get better with rest. It can happen after any type of stroke, big or small. It can also happen after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA, or mini-stroke).
It can be caused by a number of things including the physical changes after a stroke, emotional effects, side effects from medication, and sleep problems. It’s a good idea to speak to your GP or therapist, as you may be able to get treatment for the specific cause of your tiredness.
Fatigue can get better over time, and you can help to improve your recovery by getting support and trying techniques for managing fatigue.