Since you've recently had a stroke, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. How soon can I expect to recover after my stroke?
2. How will having a stroke change what I can and can't do?
3. Will I need to change my diet? What foods should I be avoiding or eating more of?
4. Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make?
5. Would physical or occupational therapy be helpful? Can you make a referral?
6. Are there any medications I should take to help me during my recovery?
A stroke usually happens suddenly but may occur over hours. For example, you may have mild weakness at first. Over time, you may not be able to move the arm and leg on one side of your body.
If several smaller strokes occur over time, you may
have a more gradual change in walking, balance, thinking, or behavior. This is called multi-infarct dementia.
It isn't always easy for people to recognize symptoms of a
small stroke. They may mistakenly think the symptoms can be attributed to
aging. Or the symptoms may be confused with those of other conditions that
cause similar symptoms.