Common problems after stroke
- 1. Common problems after stroke
- 2. Communication problems
- 3. Tiredness and fatigue
- 4. Emotional changes
- 5. Swallowing problems
- 6. Changes to behaviour
- 7. Problems with movement and balance
- 8. Problems with memory and thinking
- 9. Pain and headaches
- 10. Vision problems
- 11. Continence problems
- 12. Changes to taste and smell
- 13. Other problems
There are other, less common, problems that can happen after stroke. These include:
Epilepsy is a condition that causes you to have repeated fits or attacks, known as seizures.
Some people will have a seizure after a stroke. These are known as acute or onset seizures and normally happen within the first 24 hours.
If you have an onset seizure, it does not mean that you have or will go on to develop epilepsy. However, a small number of people do.
Although epilepsy can’t be cured, you can usually prevent seizures by taking medication.
Read more in our leaflet Epilepsy after stroke.
A hallucination is when you see or hear something that isn’t there.
If a stroke damages a part of your brain called the midbrain, you may experience hallucinations. These hallucinations often involve vivid, colourful scenes with animals, people and patterns.
Hallucinations usually start within a few days after you have a stroke. They may disappear within a few weeks, but they can sometimes last for years. Even if hallucinations do last, they usually become less intense over time.
Sometimes losing some of your sight can cause hallucinations too.
Read more about hallucinations in our leaflet Rare effects of stroke.
Occasionally stroke can cause locked-in syndrome. This is a very rare condition where the only part of you body that you can move is your eyes.
You are still able to think and reason when you have locked-in syndrome and you’re aware of what’s going on around you, but you can’t speak or move. Some people are able to communicate using eye movements or blinking.
Read more about locked-in syndrome in our leaflet Rare effects of stroke.