Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Central Pain Syndrome


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About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Central Pain Syndrome, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Central Pain Syndrome. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Central Pain Syndrome. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Central Pain Syndrome includes:

Underlying conditions discussion: Central pain syndrome may develop months or even years after injury or damage to the CNS. The disorder occurs in patients who have, or have had, strokes, multiple sclerosis, limb amputations, or brain or spinal cord injuries. 1

It affects as many as 100,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, amputated limbs, spinal cord injuries, and stroke. Their pain is severe and is extremely difficult to treat effectively. A variety of medications, including analgesics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and electrical stimulation, are options available to central pain patients.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Central Pain Syndrome Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Pain - Hope Through Research: NINDS

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