After a stroke it is only natural that you will want to get back to living a normal, active life as soon as possible, but there are some things with which you should take extra care:
Going back to work
Your GP or a member of the stroke care team will help decide if you are well enough to work. You should also discuss options with your employer, like whether you want to go back to work full-time, part-time, or if you could take on a new post within the same organisation. You can also talk to an Employment Advisor at a local Jobcentre Plus, who will give advice about disability, retraining and transferable skills.
You may find it useful to look at our section on Accessing work.
After a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), you are not allowed to drive for at least a month - or one year if you drive a large goods vehicle or a passenger carrying vehicle. The extent of the damage the stroke has caused and the type of vehicle you drive will affect whether you can drive again. If you are still recovering after a month, you may have to inform the DVLA of your situation. Your GP can arrange for an assessment at a mobility centre, if necessary.
If you develop epilepsy after a stroke, you will not usually be allowed a licence for a normal car until you have been free of fits for a year (or longer for public-service vehicles or heavy goods vehicles).
Holidays and travel
Sometimes there are complications which make travelling difficult, or a long journey can make the tiredness caused by stroke much worse. As with driving and going back to work, it is a good idea to speak to your GP about whether a holiday is a good idea.
If you are finding it difficult to find insurance after a stroke, you can try The Stroke Association Insurance Services for more advice.
You may find it useful to look at our page on Accessible holidays.
Making love is an important part of many relationships, whatever your age. Sexual difficulties after stroke can be the result of many factors, including psychological changes (such as low mood) and physical problems (such as weakness or paralysis). You may feel embarrassed talking about it with your doctor, but you shouldn't. It is an important part of your life and your doctor will be able to give you some advice.
The NHS website provides advice on Loss of libido (sex life).