Central pain syndrome may present differently depending on the area of the nervous system that was damaged. Pain may be localized in a small area of the body, or may be widespread. The pain associated with central pain syndrome is often described as sharp, burning, or like pins and needles. For many, the pain is constant.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. NINDS Central Pain Syndrome Information Page. Accessed 1/16/10. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/central_pain/central_pain.htm