Managing Speech and Language Problems After a Stroke
Some people have speech and language problems after a
stroke. These problems may involve any or all aspects
of language use, such as speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the
spoken word. Speech and language problems (aphasia) usually occur when a stroke
affects the right side of the body. Trouble communicating can be very
frustrating. When you talk to someone who has had a stroke, be patient,
understanding, and supportive.
The following are tips for helping
someone who has speech and language problems:
You should consider these symptoms warning signs and consult your health care provider or call 911 right away:
Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination, sensation, speech, or the ability to understand speech. These symptoms may become worse over time.
Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing...