What is Central Pain Syndrome?

“Central pain syndrome is not a fatal disorder, but the syndrome causes disabling chronic pain & suffering among the majority of individuals who have it” [1]

But the good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence & let the pain take over your life –

Book an appointment with a Pain Specialist –  a doctor who has trained as a consultant in this field, & is always abreast of the latest cutting-edge treatments

 An Overview of Central Pain Syndrome

Also known as CPS, this is an unwelcome neurological condition, which comes about from the dysfunction of, or damage to, the central nervous system (CNS). The latter comprises the spinal cord, brain stem, and the brain.  It can be caused by a number of different factors. These include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain trauma
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Tumours
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke [1]

Everyone’s Pain Experience is Individual

The type of pain linked with this syndrome, is vastly different among patients. This in part, is due to the various potential causes [1].

“Central pain syndrome may affect a large portion of the body, or may be more restricted to specific areas, such as the hands or feet. The extent of pain is usually related to the cause of the CNS injury or damage” [1]

Generally speaking, the pain is continual, and its intensity can range between moderate and severe. It can easily be exacerbated by: changes in temperature (normally cold temperatures); emotions,  movement, and touch. Patients can feel one or more kinds of pain sensation, however, the main one is a feeling of burning. The latter can be intermingled with sensations of: aching, pressing, lacerating pain, a feeling of ‘pins and needles,’ and short unbearable eruptions of very sharp pain. – A good analogy is being at the dentist, and having a dental probe placed on an exposed nerve [1].

First Call of Action: Visiting a Pain Consultant

Visiting a Pain Doctor (either in-person or online), is the smart route to take in order to ameliorate your condition, and stop any potential degeneration to your body. After your Pain Consultant has reviewed your medical history, they will ask you how long you have been suffering from your pain. Further, they will ask you to describe your symptoms. – For example, you may experience numbness in the regions of your body which are impacted by the pain. Or you may have severe

loss of touch, or burning sensations in distant areas of your body; for example, in the hands or feet.

As soon as you are given an accurate diagnosis, your Pain Doctor will devise a Holistic Personalised Treatment Plan, which may include one or multiple treatments.