Pain After a Stroke: Symptoms to Watch Out For
Subluxation is the partial dislocation of the shoulder. The bone of the upper arm (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula) briefly separate from one another. Unfortunately, this can occur often after a stroke because the muscles that hold the shoulder joint together have been weakened and can’t hold it together properly.
Central post-stroke pain (CPSP) is a consistent, mild or intense pain, usually caused by impairment to the brain. Following a stroke, the brain changes, no longer understanding messages of sensation (touch, temperature, stimuli) as it did before. Instead, it starts to register even the slightest touches to the skin as painful—an alarming thought.
CPSP can be moderate or severe, depending on the person. Even when it causes moderate physical pain, the psychological effects can be severe. Sufferers may feel hopeless, unmotivated, and have trouble fully recovering. They may seek relief in the misuse of pain relieving medicine, feel depressed, or stop going to physical therapy too early. So minimizing pain from the start is critical for the stroke survivor’s recovery.