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Types of Pain and Problems

Post Stroke Pain

A stroke is a disruption of blood flow to the brain, usually caused by a blockage. This can cause certain cells within the brain to be damaged. If the stroke affects the thalamus or cortex, it could affect the sensory cells of the brain. This may cause patients to experience changes in perception of touch or pressure, temperature, pain, muscle movement, joint position, and facial expression. If these cells are damaged, patients can experience various types of pain such as cramping of muscles, shooting pains, burning pains, and sharp pains. It is common to have “hyper” sensitivity to certain senses. For example, a room temperature piece of food may feel extremely hot to touch. Treatments include physical therapy, medication management, deep brain stimulation, motor cortex stimulation, anesthetic injections, psychological counseling, etc.