Managing the Pain

Stroke survivors often experience pain after their strokes. Whatever the level of pain, it can compromise quality of life for patient and caregiver alike.
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Pain is one of the most poorly understood complications after a stroke. It is commonly under-reported, under-diagnosed and undertreated. Yet, it affects about 30% - 40% of stroke survivors.

Post-stroke pain can include headache, muscle and joint pain, shoulder pain and neuropathic (nerve) pain.

Symptoms of post-stroke pain may include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Changes in skin color
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