How are stroke and shoulder pain related?

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William P. McRoberts, MD
Pain Medicine
The specific connection between stroke and shoulder pain is not known. However, sometimes after a stroke, the muscles surrounding the shoulder become weaker. This causes the shoulder to become dislocated.
 
When this happens it is extremely painful. Sometimes, the patient is unable to tell anyone about the pain because the stroke has affected their ability to speak.  
 
Also, it is not uncommon for the stroke itself to damage the body's pain-sensing system. The way you feel pain may be much greater. An already painful condition can be magnified and feel extremely painful.
 
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