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How is central pain syndrome from a stroke treated?

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. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications do not effectively treat central pain syndrome. However, tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline or amitriptyline and anticonvulsants such as gabapentin may help. Managing stress may also help reduce pain.

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