What is CPS? A Lesson from the VP of the CPS Foundation

Central Pain Syndrome is a lifelong neurological disease of the Central Nervous System, which causes constant, unending, agonizing pain signals of all somatic types simultaneously. It is caused by lesions on the somatic pathways in the brain, brain stem, and/or spinal cord, which can be the result of disease or injury.

There is presently no cure, and any treatments are few and of limited efficacy.

epilepsy-623346_1920The current definition of Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) given in the Introduction to the textbook “Central Pain Syndrome: Pathophysiology, diagnosis and management,” by Canavero and Bonicalzi (2nd Edition, 2013) is: Spontaneous and/or evoked, anomalous, painful or non-painful, sensations projected in a body area congruent with a clearly imaged lesion impairing – transitorily or permanently – the function of the spinothalamoparietal thermoalgesic pathway.

Central Pain Syndrome as defined above has an estimated 3 million sufferers in the United States, with many, if not most, of them undiagnosed and treated ineffectively. Some of the primary causes of CPS lesions include:

● Stroke
● MS
● Epilepsymove-822609_1280
● Head and Spinal Cord Injuries
● Surgery on the brain and spinal cord
● Aneurysms
● Tumors
● Aneurysms
● Tumors
● Infections
● Closed Head Injuries
● Shingles

These diseases or injuries leave lesions which affect the somatic pathways of the Central Nervous System. CPS pain is perceived in the areas of the body of which their pain signals are transmitted along these injured pathways. The types of pain perceived are extreme in effect, and may be described as:

● Burning
● Freezing
● Shocking
● Aching
● Crushing
● Stabbing/Cutting
● Spasticity and Cramping

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Lisa is currently the Vice President of the Central Pain Syndrome Foundation;
CPSFoundation. She has 20+ years of experience as a Paralegal Specialist in criminal law. It
was while working in this position she suffered a stroke causing Central Pain Syndrome
along with Grave’s Disease, post cancer and thyroidectomy.

As a cancer and stroke survivor
since 2002, she believes it is important to spread awareness and obtain research for Central Pain Syndrome to help others and their families. Lisa is also a published author of: At The End of The Day.

● Ninds.gov,
● Rarediseases.org,
● Webmd.com,
● Painonline.org

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