Find out why you may experience severe tiredness (known as fatigue) after a stroke and what can be done to help you manage it.
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.
Up to 70% of stroke survivors complain of tiredness or fatigue, sometimes years after stroke. Unlike normal tiredness, post stroke fatigue does not always respond to rest. The cause of extreme tiredness is not known and there are no definitive treatments available.
The first chapter of our lived experience of stroke report looks at the hidden effects of stroke. While some effects of a stroke may be obvious, effects like emotional changes, memory loss and extreme tiredness are harder to see.
"I feel exhausted all the time since my stroke”. Sound familiar? You’re not alone - many people experience fatigue after stroke.
Testing the idea that fatigue occurring after stroke is due to changes in the brain regions controlling the muscles using non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging techniques in 142 stroke patients, half of who will be those who complain of fatigue.
New research from Stroke Association Fellow, Dr Anna Kuppuswamy, suggests that feelings of limb heaviness after stroke are not related to actual muscle weakness.
Could an ARNI-based rehabilitation approach benefit stroke survivors?