I am a 57 year old male and had a left side stroke on January the 14th 23 !! which is approx. 9 weeks ago , my right side is slowly getting stronger but i am really suffering with fatigue !!! one of my tablets I’ve been on for a few years now is Lansoprazole which i take 15mg per day , does this tablet block your body from taking in vitamins and minerals as i wonder if my fatigue is related ?? pre stroke i was taking these tablets with no side affect .
any help or advise on fatigue would be very helpful , i am walking now 3 miles per week with a stick but i am in bed at 9.pm every night as totally worn out !!! .
@Moonie66 welcome to our forum though sorry you’ve had to join us.
You will get a wealth of support and hands on experience from our merry band of SS.
I take the same as you and your dose. I don’t think it interferes with out intake of vitamins but I’m not medically trained.
I think it’s early days for you and fatigue is a classic symptom. You are doing amazing 3 miles a day I take my hat off to you. No wonder you’re shattered.
I’m 2 years post S and still have fatigue. Your brain is fixing its self and needs down time when you rest. It’s a complicated thing our brain but marvellous in finding ways to help us mend.
I suggest patience for a while, fluids and rest. My kindest wishes and wish you more recovery Loraine
its 3 miles per week NOT per day !!! LOL 3 miles per day would wipe me out !!!
Hi Martin, this fatigue is so common amongst us stroke survivors. It took me a while to accept it and now instead of fighting it, I give into it and rest, and feel so much better for doing that. It is something that unfortunately we have to live with. But my mantra is…I am lucky I survived!!!
Take care, Jane.
sorry Martin I must have misread
@Moonie66 welcome to the forum. Sorry you’ve had a stroke.
Fatigue is very common post stroke & whilst it could be meds related its probable at this stage that it us just the normal stroke fatigue that most of us get. Rest is your friend at this stage as your brain will be doing its repair work. Find a balance between pushing yourself & resting & in time it should improve.
Wishing you all the best.
Bore da @Moonie66, the brain has about enough energy to power a twenty watt lightbulb, so that resource is finite when overstretched. At your stage of recovery, it is putting a lot of energy into repair, it is advisable to let it do this for at least six months. I think it is beneficial to avoid the boom-bust cycle, as I wasn’t aware of this during the early days of post stroke, and possibly my brain missed opportunities to do proper rewiring and I have been left with quite debilitating symptoms to overcome without the advantage of self-repair. For me, I manage fatigue by scheduling my day appropriately, I have switch-off periods where I do activities that give my brain time to reset, I practice breathing exercises and my own versions of meditation.
Hi Martin @Moonie66 hello and welcome, as others have mentioned it’s early days and you need lots of rest in the initial stages, fatigue is something many of us SS endure, pace yourself throughout the day, lots of rest breaks, be patient and kind to yourself.
Hi Martin, and welcome!
To echo what’s already been said, fatigue is part of this next chapter. Your system is healing. I’d heard - and read, here - there is no value in fighting it. Instead, work with it.
By way of example, at first I needed a sleep each day. Then not each day but perhaps just a doze. This has progressed to no sleeps, just a doze, the odd doze and now I’m working with just stopping - with 5-10 mins of just closing my eyes. This closing of eyes I’d read about and has worked a few good times for me.
You’re the boss. You try things and go with what works. Ultimately, rest is best and improvements will be evident in time.
I recently joined the forum although I’m 3 and half years post left sided stroke. Fatigue is still the number 1 issue for me, brain still healing and I think medication that we all now need contributes to it as well, but what can we do. I have difficulty with cognitive ability mainly with processing and memory, along with a weakness on my right side. I’m able to do day to day things at my own pace then rest or sleep for however long I need. I’m good at sleeping sitting up don’t know I’ve done it till I wake up
Hope everyone is well 🏻
@Raggie Hi Amanda, welcome to the club that none of us really wanted to join. But now you’re hear I hope you find it helpful & supportive.
Hope to hear more from you.
I like how friendly and supportive this forum is, hopefully my input will help others
Welcome to our SS forum though sorry you’ve had to join.
Hope you find lots of informative information from our experiences. Look forward to chatting kind regards Loraine
Hi Amanda, Fatigue , no 1 , same with me . What sort of stroke, any improvement? Sleeping, sitting! I’m impressed. Me 64 years, cerebellar stroke coming on 4 years. Absolutely no improvement , rollator, scooter, but possibly accepting more , this could be it . Can be disheartening, hoping for that improvement.
Shower, breakfast, potter ? ( 2 / 3 hrs ) , back to bed , shattered , up 3pm till 8 pm . Great reading of others improvements, but sometimes, just doesn’t happen for everyone. Spoilt myself today, ordered new quality leather boots, sure they will NOW , last for ever. . Good talking David.
@Raggie hi Amanda, I do that too, just drop off now and again watching TV, seems a little nap does me good
I had my stroke at 50 caused by carotid artery dissection, just like the presenter who used to be on a Sunday morning, can’t remember his name brain keeps telling me it’s Neil Diamond but it’s obvious it’s not him , mine wasn’t as bad because my daughter was here, she was training to be a nurse and kept going on at me to let her phone an ambulance. I was a support worker then and if one of my service users had my symptoms I straight away would’ve thought STROKE but it never crossed my mind……not even when I lost my speech. I still have bother with that but only when I’m tired, due my meds or anxious.
Does anyone have nerve damage to the ear on their weak side if they had weakness travelling down their face during their stroke? I’ve been referred to hyperacusis and tinnitus clinics, another add on to issues caused by the stroke
@Raggie is the presenter you’re thinking of Andrew Marr?
I too had a carotid artery dissection at 49 years old. I didn’t realise i’d had a stroke and didn’t seek help for 4 days i didn’t initially have the FAST symptoms so stroke never crossed my mind. I didn’t have facial weakness so can’t help with your query there.
Yes that’s it thanx @Mrs5K it was on the top of my tongue.
I was confused and mixed up 2 days before but just thought it was my age, my speech was coming and going then on the day of the stroke it went completely. Weird how you were sort of the same.
Think I was meant to ask my question on separate page, trying to get used to how this works.
Good to chat Ann
Hi, welcome but sorry you find yourself here. I had my stroke in December and although I have been lucky and not suffered any major physical effects, the fatigue is long lasting. All you can do is manage it and do what you feel comfortable with. As everyone on here has told me your brain needs time to recover, one step at a time. My consultant said it should start to improve after 6 to 9 months for me. I also go to bed at 9 practically every night!! Wishing you all the best for your recovery.
Bore da @Raggie, croeso. I hope you find this forum a rich resource of company, kindness, and assistance. Memory can be retrained, unless there is a direct hit to the hippocampus or onset dementia, it is one of those post stroke symptoms that can improve with a lot of, potentially enjoyable, work. My memory is improving month by month, comforted in the knowledge that most people’s memories are poorly exercised even without adding nerve cell damage to the mix. Excuse the pun, but many people forget about exercising their memory as they age, but for us stroke survivors we have been flagged down, and had to confront memory issues in a very stark way.
@David3, good to hear from you again on the forum. I am now two years post cerebellar stroke, symptoms are still troubling and the effort to move about causes constant fatigue. Hope you are finding some good spirit in the awakening of nature now that Spring has begun creeping in.