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Many common effects of stroke are physical ones such as weakness, numbness and stiffness. Every stroke is different and the effects will depend on which part of your brain was damaged. The good news is that there are things that can be done to reduce the impact of your stroke. Learn more about physical conditions that may impact you, treatment options and tips for managing your post-stroke conditions.


Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) is a condition that may develop after stroke. Get more information, treat it and find tips on how to live with it.

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Lack of energy and frequent breaks can be a sign of fatigue which is a common post-stroke symptom. Learn more on what it is, treatments, and tips on how to manage post-stroke fatigue.

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Foot Drop

Difficulty picking up the front part of your foot, which can cause you to drag your toes along the ground when walking (foot drop or “drop foot”) is common for some people after stroke. Learn more about foot drop and how to treat it.

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Muscle weakness to one side of your body after stroke is called hemiparesis. Depending on which side of your brain there is damage to, you may experience trouble moving the muscles in one side of your body.

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A lack of ability to control your bladder and/or bowel movements (incontinence) affects many stroke survivors. In most cases it can be controlled through various treatment options. Learn more about the many types of incontinence all with different strategies for controlling them.

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Pain after a stroke is common and is generally categorized as joint pain (local) or pain caused because your brain does not understand normal messages sent from the body in response to touch, warmth, cold, and other stimuli (central pain). Get information on the types, treatment and tips for managing pain.

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Paralysis is one of the most common disabilities resulting from stroke. This is when you lose the use of your muscles in a part of your body. This happen because there are problems in the messages between your muscles and your brain. It can occur in one side or both sides and it can be widespread.

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Seizures & Epilepsy

Brain injury after stroke can cause spasms or convulsions called seizures. Learn more on what they are, treatments, and tips on seizures and epilepsy after stroke.

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Sleeping problems can develop following a stroke and slow the recovery process. Get more information on the common sleep problems, treatments, and tips for getting more sleep.

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Limited coordination and muscle movement and painful muscle spasms in your arms and legs (spasticity) can happen as a result of a stroke. Get information on the types, treatments, and tips for living with spasticity.

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Experiencing problems with vision following a stroke is not uncommon. Get more information on common vision problems and treatments.

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