If you’re a stroke survivor, it’s likely that you’ve experienced some amount of post-stroke pain. This pain varies for stroke survivors, and can range from mildly uncomfortable to severe pain. Sometimes, the pain can even hinder recovery.
Symptoms of post-stroke pain can occur right after a stroke or weeks or even months later. The pain often feels like aching, burning, stabbing or itching pain.
Common symptoms of post-stroke pain include:
- Local or “mechanical” pain in a joint or joints
- Centralized pain caused by damage to the brain
- Chronic pain that comes and goes
- Pain on part or all of the side of the body affected by the stroke
- Pain on the face, arm, leg or torso