What is central pain syndrome resulting from a stroke?

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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