Side Effects from Stroke
 
Aphasia is difficulty communicating what you are thinking. This problem can affect the way a patient speaks, comprehends, reads and writes.
 
Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing, which can occur when muscles or nerves in the mouth or throat are affected. This can make eating difficult.
 
Emotional Lability is the term used to describe a patient's rapid mood changes, such as switching quickly from frustration to anger to depression. Fortunately, this problem usually goes away or lessens over time.
 
Impaired Sensation is the inability to feel temperature, touch, pain or degrees of sharpness on the affected side of the body. This loss of sensation can be a safety hazard.
 
Movement Impairment is the inability to perform activities in the same way as before the stroke. This can require the relearning of mobility skills, such as walking.
 
Neglect happens when the stroke survivor may "forget" or ignore the affected side of his body. This can develop when a patient has lost feeling or sensation in an arm or leg, or can't see well out of one eye. As a result, the patient may not notice food on one side of the plate, or may bump into things.
 
Urinary Problems, or incontinence, often happen following a stroke.
 
Visual Problems occur when objects look closer or farther away than they really are. This can complicate everyday activities like eating and dressing because patients may over- or under- reach for an object. It also can cause the patient to bump into objects while walking.
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