This toolkit aims to support health care professions in supporting and managing those suffering with central stroke pain. Following a stroke, patients can experience a range of painful conditions, headaches, musculoskeletal pain and cramps. One significant pain problem is central post stroke pain (CPSP) which affects about 12% of those affected by stroke. It is also known as thalamic syndrome or thalamic pain syndrome, is a neurological disorder and is extremely difficult to treat. The thalamus or parietal lobe processes sensory stimuli like heat, cold and touch and as a result of damage the brain registers all stimuli as pain. It is often misdiagnosed as a musculoskeletal condition and for effective management, diagnosis and early evidence based management is extremely important. Where guidelines have included both assessment and management, the guideline link will be posted in both sections.
This section provides links to useful information to support self management in people who live with central post stroke pain and chronic pain.