George: After my stroke, I struggle with balance. How is having a stroke related to loss of balance?
Megan: Some of the aftermath effects of having a stroke include possibly having more weakness in one side of the body compared to the other. Common everyday activities like walking up the stairs and lifting up your foot can become difficult because you favor one side versus the other. You can also lose sensation so surfaces that are uneven can trip you up. Trouble with vision coupled with trouble focusing can be hard for balance. Not everyone works on their balance either, so neglecting it for a long time and then discovering you have issues you want to fix can make balance frustrating. Like anything, if you don’t use it, you lose it so post-stroke rehabilitation should incorporate balance training.
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