8) Symptoms Of Stroke
Stroke can affect a person in many ways. The type of stroke and the location in the brain will determine which symptoms and the severity the person has. Not everyone who has a stroke will have the same symptoms. A stroke on one side of the brain will give symptoms in the opposite side of the body. For more information see chss.org.uk – How stroke affects you.
Here are some of the symptoms which can occur in stroke.
|Symptoms which can be seen easily
||Symptoms which are less obvious
- Balance problems.
- Problems walking.
- Limited movement or clumsiness in arm, leg or both on one side of the body.
- Muscle spasms/ changes in the normal tone or tension in the muscles on one side of the body.( can be increased or decreased)
- Weakness in arm, leg or both on one side of the body.
- Weakness in face muscles of one side of the face Drooling at one side of the mouth.
- Slurred or indistinct speech. Words muddled up.
- Difficulty understanding speech or written information.
- Swallowing problems. Choking when drinking liquids.
- Loss or problems with feeling in one side of the body.
- Problems with bladder or bowel function. Incontinence or lack of control.
- Visual problems. Double vision(disappears when one eye is closed) Hemianopia (loss of vision to one side)Loss of sight in one eye.
- Perceptual problems where the brain does not understand or make sense of information around the person.
- Thinking, remembering and problems making plans.
- Changes in mood. Crying, laughing, anxiety or depression.
- Dyspraxia (loss of ability to perform previously learned skills such as brushing teeth)
- Pain in one side of the body.
- Dizziness (like spinning after a merry go round ride)
- Epilepsy or isolated fits in some patients only.
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