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Managing Fatigue Following A Stroke

Following a stroke, your energy levels and endurance will likely look different than before your stroke. Fatigue can interfere with the responsibilities and tasks you need and want to complete. This video includes education on post-stroke fatigue, tips for working around it, as well as ways to build endurance following a stroke.

Introduction (0:00-0:18)

Energy levels may change following a stroke. This video includes ways to manage fatigue as well as ways to build stamina.

Summary (0:19-0:41)

Topics covered include the definition of fatigue, how common fatigue is following a stroke, how to talk to your doctor about fatigue, as well as fatigue management and endurance.

What is Post-Stroke Fatigue? (0:41-1:48)

Symptoms of fatigue include lack of physical and mental energy, feeling tired after rest, exhaustion that interferes with your daily life.

Assessing Your Own Fatigue (1:49-4:00)

Here are some questions to ask yourself to find patterns in your fatigue. Discussing these questions with your healthcare professional can be helpful too in managing your fatigue.

Managing Fatigue (4:01-5:26)

This section discusses ways to plan your day and responsibilities in order to work around your fatigue and varying energy levels. Having a plan can be very beneficial to get done what you need to.

Safety Tips For Fatigue (5:27-7:09)

Low energy levels and feelings of exhaustion can impact our mobility, balance, and coordination. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe when experiencing fatigue.

Building Stamina (7:10-9:35)

Many everyday activities can help you build your stamina back up following a stroke. It’s important to move around often and when safely possible. Try incorporating exercise into your routine or using household tasks to get moving.

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