Approximately 50% of people who have had a stroke report feelings of tiredness and/or a lack of energy that is not reduced with rest and sleep. This phenomenon is known as post-stroke fatigue. Post-stroke fatigue negatively affects an individual's quality of life and participation in rehabilitation, social, and physical activities. There are currently no known effective treatment options for people with post-stroke fatigue. This study will investigate the use of a non-invasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat post-stroke fatigue. This method has proven useful in other conditions such as depression and we will measure the effects of TMS on reducing fatigue in individuals more than six months post-stroke.
Fatigue is a common condition after an individual has a stroke. While the negative impacts of post-stroke fatigue are well known, our knowledge of the causes of post-stroke fatigue and effective treatments for post-stroke fatigue are lacking. This small study will investigate the possible benefits of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which uses small electrical currents supplied by a 9-volt battery, on post-stroke fatigue and investigate tDCS' possible anti-inflammatory effects.