Muscle weakness or loss of movement
About 8 out of every 10 people who have had a stroke will have some level of muscle weakness, usually in one side of the body. This ranges from a very mild weakness in an arm or leg to more severe weakness that means they are not able to move one or more limbs at all (paralysis).
One-sided muscle weakness or paralysis can cause:
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty picking things up
- Muscle tiredness
- Poor co-ordination
It is possible for your movement and balance to get better. Many people see improvements in the first few weeks and months.