In the life of every day we tend to take for granted the proper functioning of our body, often, however, after admission to ICU is not so: the body may be weakened and require a long period of rehabilitation before to regain a degree of autonomy. The objective is, starting from the residual functionality, to restore as much as possible the conditions preceding the disease.
It 'possible that they remain important shortcomings even for simple tasks and common such as:
- shortness of breath or easy fatigability;
- nausea and inability to complete a meal;
- swollen legs, tingling in the limbs;
- inability to speak fluently and altered tone of voice;
- sexual dysfunction (impotence, difficulty to experience pleasure)
- pain or limitations in bending the joints;
- difficulty coordinating movements
- need to use the prosthesis;
- difficulty falling asleep and maintaining a prolonged sleep.
These dysfunctions, in most cases, will resolve over time, due to the adequate rehabilitative therapy that begins in specialized centers, but which continues at home.
The traumatic event that led to hospitalization in intensive care or hospitalization in the ICU itself can sometimes also on the psychological impact of an individual, can present anxiety, irritability, depression, and inattention; specific professional support can help improve and some cases to solve this difficult condition.