You may be asking yourself all sorts of questions when you feel pain somewhere in your body. Because each one of us feels pain differently it is important to know what could be causing us pain. Post-stroke pain can occur immediately, weeks, or sometimes even months after a stroke. Research shows that more than half of stroke survivors have some form of post-stroke pain. In some cases, the pain is constant (chronic) and in others, it comes and goes.
There are several areas where you can experience pain after a stroke. Local pain will be in the joints and central pain will be something like a burning or "pins-and-needles" sensation.
What is post-stroke Pain?
While there are lots of different symptoms of pain, they are generallyc ategorized into two types: local and central.
Local (mechanical)pain is usually felt in the joints. Shoulder pain is especially common among stroke survivors.
Central post-stroke pain (CPSP) is described as constant, moderate, or severe pain caused by damage to the brain. This means that after a stroke, your brain does not understand normal messages sent from the body in response to touch, warmth, cold, and other stimuli. Instead, the brain may register even slight sensations on your skin as painful.
The symptoms of post-stroke pain may be:
If you have central pain symptoms, you may:
Can post-stroke pain be treated?
There are treatment options available for post-stroke pain including medication and physical therapy. Some stroke survivors are hesitant to discuss post-stroke pain with their doctor because they think it is normal or are afraid of seeming weak. It is important to let your healthcare provider know what you are experiencing to find the right treatment plan for you , experts recommend that you
The following is a list of common types of medications your healthcare profession make recommend to treat post-stroke pain:
Tips to live with post-stroke pain
Here are some tips you can practice at home:
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