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Recent stroke victim


Hi I,m a 59 yr old lady and I just recently had a stroke which affected my left side after nearly two weeks my mobility is improving everyday , my biggest problem Is lack of interest in the things I usually do I.e, spending time with my adorable grandchildren reading. Get tired a lot has anyone else experienced same problems

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Hi, i havent had a stroke but suffered an ABI 7 years ago.

It took a long time before i could start to enjoy things again and even now i find my energy levels are so low there’s a limit to what i can do.

Its as if i went into survival mode for many years, only really thinking of myself and how i could get back to being the person i was.

I see the his now but at the time i withdrew into myself. It must hav been terrible for my family but it was what i had to do to rebuild myself as near to the old me as possible.

Give yourself time and space, and be patient dont push yourself too hard.

I used to love reading but its something i struggle to do now so i listen to audiobooks. It works for me .

Good luck x

Janet x

in reply to Kirk5w7

keep going repetition exercise is a great helper even over time

You have to be patient! Tiredness is one of the worst things, but I promise you it will get better. It sounds as if you are making great progress but it’s early days. I had a stroke over three years ago, had to learn to walk again but eventually got back onto the tennis court, although no longer play competitively, just happy games with good friends. Still get tired, but I’m a lot older than you anyway. Good luck! Juanicia

Probably everyone of us that's had a stroke has experienced exactly that, it's normal.

Yep, the tiredness is a doozy but it will get better as you are getting better, best wishes. Remember- your brain believes whatever you tell it, tell it good, positive things. My mantra: you are getting better every day, you are strong, you can do this, just keep trying, youve got this, its no big deal! Cindy

I did! Took me a long time remember you not only had a stroke you had TBI everyone recuperates differently I still after almost 3 years get fatigued easily just keep plugging through it, you will be ok, hope that helps, good luck on your journey.

Hi, I had a stroke about 4 years ago and had similar symptoms to you. What you are going through is a very normal part of your recovery. The tiredness is difficult to deal with at first but it does get better, remember your brain is working really hard to repair and rewire itself and therefore uses a lot of your energy,everyday our brains use about 25% of your calorie intake and at the minute yours is working even harder that this, so its not surprising that you feel tired.

When you feel tired, sleep or rest, even if its in the middle of the day this helps both with the tiredness and your recovery.

Regarding having no interest in people or things it does come back you need to remember that your brain will prioritize thing it needs - rest and repair, so other things are pushed to the background, its all part of the process.

Your family will be ok with this because the love you and you will get back to something close to you old self in time.

I know its hard but stay as positive as you can things really do get better keep going and good luck

I had a stroke in 2016 aged 57. It’s a long haul back but it can happen. I still get tired very easily. I developed neuropathy in my left foot and leg which has left me house bound. Stay positive, it is still very early since your stroke. You will get back to doing the things you love to do. Listen to your body, if it wants to sleep, then sleep. Congratulations on improving your mobility and remember you are a stroke survivor xx

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