What are the effects of a stroke?
Date Posted: 26.03.2012
Every stroke is different. Every person affected by stroke will have different problems and different needs. The way in which you might be affected depends on where in the brain the stroke happens and how big the stroke is.
A stroke on the right side of the brain generally causes problems on the left side of the body. A stroke on the left side of the brain causes problems on the right side of the body. Some strokes happen at the base of the brain and can cause problems with eating, breathing and moving. The right half of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa. For example, weakness or paralysis in the left arm may result from a stroke in the right side of the brain. For most people, the left side of the brain controls language (talking, reading, writing, and understanding). The right side controls perceptual skills (making sense of what you see, hear and touch) and spatial skills (judging size, speed, distance and position).
Problems you might have after a stroke After a stroke, you might have problems doing some of the things you did before. Such as;
• Weakness or lack of movement in your leg and/or arm (paralysis)
• Trouble shooting
• Changes to the way you see things (perceptual or visual problems)
• Changes to the way you feel things e.g. touch (sensory problems)
• Problems thinking or remembering (cognitive problems)
• Trouble speaking, understanding, reading or writing
• Shoulder pain or arm pain/stiffness
• Feeling worried or sad
• Problems controlling your feelings
• Problems with your sexuality.