What is central pain syndrome resulting from a stroke?

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Central pain syndrome results from damage to sensory pathways caused by a stroke. The brain overcompensates for the damage, misinterpreting normal sensory input as painful sensations. Central pain varies by individual, but is typically constant, and moderate to severe in intensity. The pain, which may be felt in a large part of the body or in specific areas, is always on the side of the body affected by the stroke. It is often made worse by touch, movement, emotions, and cold temperatures, and can be felt as a burning pain, pins and needles, or a pressing, sharp, or aching pain.

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Effects of Stroke

A stroke can leave someone disabled or even cause death if not treated in time. Complications may depend on the type of stroke, but brain damage is likely to occur because the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted. Some e...

ffects of stroke include difficulty communicating, memory loss, paralysis, difficulty walking, seizures, urinary tract infections and bladder control issues, depression and increased risk of another stroke. To reduce damage, getting a stroke victim help as soon as possible is key. Doctors will treat based on the type of stroke, hemorrhagic or ischemic. Learn more about the permanent and temporary effects of stroke with expert advice from Sharecare.
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