A stroke is a debilitating attack on a person’s brain, and they affect hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.
Every stroke has a different impact on its victim and their body, from affecting cognitive abilities to motor skills and beyond. Understanding the ways a stroke can impact a patient is important to recognizing both the dangerous potential of a stroke as well as identifying the areas where recovery can begin.
One of the most common results of having a stroke is the diminished ability to form words and communicate through speech. This can be a devastating loss for stroke patients. To aid in the patient’s recovery, speech-language pathologists are often engaged to help stroke patients regain their ability to communicate through written and spoken language.
After a stroke, patients can find themselves faced with regular pains. The two most common types of pain resulting from a stroke are local pain and central pain.
Local pains are typically found in the joints of stroke survivors. The most commonly affected area is in the patient’s shoulder. Patients have described these localized pains in a variety of ways. Burning, stabbing, and aching pains are all possible results of a stroke on the body.
Central pains result from the brain misunderstanding normal stimuli as painful to the patient. This type of pain can occur chronically in some, while others only experience it occasionally. Because central pains have their origin in the brain itself, they can be harder to treat and can cause patients to misuse pain management medications.
Depression and Emotional Impact
While the physical aspects of a stroke are more immediately apparent, stroke victims may also have to deal with the stroke’s emotional impact. Feelings of helplessness and dependency are normal experiences for stroke victims. In many cases these feelings can manifest themselves in depression. Understanding and treating these emotional problems is important in helping patients on the road to recovery.
Working With Your Physician
Stroke prevention begins with a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help patients avoid a stroke before it occurs. Make sure to speak with your doctor about what you can do to prevent a stroke and avoid the impacts it has on your body.
Contact one of our physicians today to schedule an appointment and take the first steps in protecting your body from the effects of stroke.
Dr. Michael Rish, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.