Central Pain Syndrome

Central pain syndrome is a neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system. While the exact cause of central pain syndrome is unknown, this condition often affects individuals with brain injuries, tumors, strokes, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, or multiple sclerosis. The most common symptom of central pain syndrome is a burning sensation although painful symptoms may vary greatly as the potential causes of this condition also vary. The pain experienced by individuals with central pain syndrome is often constant and can be mild, moderate, or severe in intensity. Symptoms of central pain syndrome may disrupt an individual's daily routine and dramatically affect their quality of life.

Symptoms of Central Pain Syndrome

Symptoms of central pain syndrome are often constant and can range in intensity. In addition to a burning sensation, symptoms may include:

  • Aching
  • Bursts of sharp pain
  • Pressure
  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles sensation

Symptoms may affect a large portion of the body or be restricted to a specific area and may be made worse by factors including touch, movement, emotions, stress and temperature changes.

Treatment of Central Pain Syndrome

Treatment for central pain syndrome varies and may include pain medication, however this is not always effective at relieving symptoms. Some patients find effective relief with anticonvulsants or antidepressants. Physical therapy, counseling and chiropractic care may also be beneficial treatment options for central pain syndrome.

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