Vomiting after stroke is surprisingly more common that you’d think. This side effect is especially common after cerebellar stroke.
While there is no known treatment to stop vomiting after stroke, we have our own theory on how to make things better!
This is pure speculation on our part, based on what we have read and heard from other stroke survivors.
If you are trying to find a way to stop vomiting after stroke, then this could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Vomiting After Stroke
There are many common causes for vomiting after stroke. The most common ones are medication and stroke side effects.
If you are vomiting after stroke and notice a correlation with any new medication you’re taking, talk to your doctor ASAP.
When medication isn’t to blame, then we need to take a closer look at the brain.
Is the Brain Causing Nausea?
To understand the other possible cause of vomiting after stroke, you need to understand the brain’s role in balance.
Many different parts of the brain contribute to your sense of balance and equilibrium. The cerebellum specifically plays a major role in movement and balance.
When your body’s balance is thrown off due to damage from stroke, you might feel nauseous and start vomiting.
Or you might not feel nauseous and still vomit anyway. Here’s how that might happen:
Dizziness After Stroke
Our speculation is that, although you might be sedentary, your body’s sense of balance is thrown off so much that it causes you to vomit.
It’s almost like having motion sickness without being in motion.
Your brain just might think you’re in motion because there’s damage in the parts of the brain that controls your sense of balance, like the cerebellum.
So although you might be lying still in bed, your body’s sense of balance is out of order, and you might vomit from disturbances in your sense of motion/balance.
How to Stop Vomiting After Stroke
A possible solution to restore your body’s sense of balance is stroke rehabilitation exercise.
Specifically, you should focus on exercises that strengthen your balance and coordination. Anything that gets you upright – whether you’re sitting in a chair or on your feet – will be beneficial.
By participating in stroke rehabilitation, you can rewire your brain and improve your balance and mobility.
The more you practice feeling balanced, the more balanced you will feel. Hopefully, this will help you to stop vomiting.
Rewiring the Brain to Stop Vomiting
When you practice rehab exercises, it sparks neuroplasticity and gets healthy parts of the brain to take over. The more you rewire your brain, the more you will regain lost skills.
Ideally, rehab exercises will help you rewire your brain and regain your sense of balance, so that you will stop vomiting.
In the meantime, it’s important to stay very hydrated and ensure that you’re eating nutritious foods in amounts high enough to compensate for the vomiting.
Working with a registered dietitian is a great idea at this time.
Frequent vomiting drains your body of fluid and electrolytes, which is dangerous and hard on your body.
So please be sure to work closely with your medical team as you go through recovery.
Start Your Balance Rehabilitation Program
Now that you know the potential cause of vomiting after stroke, are you ready to start improving your balance with rehab exercise?
We have these free resources on our blog to get you started:
- Balance exercises for stroke patients
- Core exercises for stroke patients
- Tai chi exercises for stroke recovery
Scroll through them and find some exercises that suit your stage of stroke recovery, and start them today.
Then, try to do them every day. The more frequently you practice, the more you will rewire your brain.
In time, this will retrain your brain to control movement and balance, and hopefully your vomiting will come to a stop.
After a few weeks, please leave us a comment below and let us know if it’s helping! Our readers would love to know!