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Some signs of stroke you must know

Abnormal muscle tone

This is a nerve problem that can make your movements slow and jerky. There are different stages of muscle tone recovery.

Bladder changes

You may have problems urinating or controlling your urine ( incontinence). You might also have a bladder infection.

Bowel changes

Constipation is the most common problem after a stroke. This may be caused by lack of liquids or limited physical activity. Your doctor or nurse can help you regain your regular bowel pattern.

Cognitive problems

You may have problems with memory, thinking, attention or learning. For example, you may have trouble:

Coordination problems

You may have reduced hand-eye coordination. When reaching for an object, your arm may waver or your hand may overshoot the object.

Dysarthria (dis-AR-three-a)

Dysarthria is a motor speech problem. This means you are not able to coordinate the movement of your mouth to form words or sounds.

It is caused by weakness, lack of coordination, or loss of feeling in your lips, tongue and mouth muscles. You know the right words, but you have problems saying them. Dysarthria may affect your:

Dysphagia (dis-FAY-ja)

Dysphagia is a swallowing problem usually caused by weakness or loss of feeling in your tongue, lips, throat or palate (roof of the mouth).

It may cause problems with:

If you have swallowing problems, you may need to have a video swallow study. 

A member of your health care team will recommend the correct diet for you. He or she may recommend some ways to help your swallowing. These include:

If you cannot eat or drink by mouth, you will need to get your nutrients by a tube. This will keep food and liquids from getting into your lungs.

The dietitian will suggest which tube feeding product will fit your schedule. Members of your health care team will closely watch your tube feeding for any problems or adjustments.

Your ability to swallow may return during recovery.

You will receive updates on your progress.

To reduce your risk of choking during your recovery:

Stop eating if you cannot stop coughing or if you cannot clear your airway. Call 911 right away.
Emotional changes

Please see the section on emotional effects.

Endurance problem

You may find you are unable to do a task or activity for a long period of time. This should get better as you get stronger.


Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness that can keep you from doing the things you normally do or want to do. It is common to feel tired more quickly after a brain injury. You may need more sleep or rest.

Fatigue may cause you to:

You may also have more trouble with coordination, vision, speech, movement, controlling your emotions or other problems when you are tired.

Hemiparesis (hem-ee-par-Ee-sis) or Hemiplegia (hem-ee-PLEE-ja)

You may have weakness, partial or complete paralysis of one side of your body or just one arm or one leg.


You may act without planning ahead.


You may not know your own limits. You may act without thinking about the consequences of your actions. You may misinterpret situations. You may be unable to judge, problem-solve, organize, use "abstract" reasoning skills or all of these.

Memory problems

You may have poor memory. This may lead to problems retaining, blending and recalling information.

Sensation changes

You may have numbness or loss of feeling in different parts of your body. This may cause you to have trouble knowing where you place or how you position a part of your body (such as your hand or foot).

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