Diffuse continuous pain, usually burning and unilateral, with or without increased sensitivity and altered sensation. It results from central nervous system (CNS) lesions - e.g. cerebrovascular accident (CVA) involving the thalamus (thalamic syndrome) - and is often associated with depression.
Bilateral thalamic CVA
Management of central pain Therapy includes phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants and carbamazepine.