Phantom limb pain
Phantom limb pain: Introduction
Phantom limb pain: As many as 80% of amputees experience some kind of "phantom" sensation in their amputated limbs. However, up to half of those who have them do not receive any treatment for or relief from their pain. This makes phantom pain a chronic pain condition. After a limb is removed, you may continue to feel it, as though it were still there. Phantom limb pain is not the same thing as stump pain, which is felt in and around the incision following surgery. Stump pain is localized to the amputation site, while phantom pain is felt in some part of the leg that is no longer attached.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of Phantom limb pain is available below.
Symptoms of Phantom limb pain
- Pain is often described as burning, stabbing and throbbing -- typical descriptor words for neuropathic pain. Phantom pain may happen in a continuous cycle, or it may be brought on by outside factors such as temperature change, stress or stump irritation.
- Phantom sensations
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Treatments for Phantom limb pain
- Medication - because it is considered a neuropathic disorder, antidepressants and antoconvulsants are often prescribed for phantom pain. NSAIDSs, opioids and muscle relaxants are also on the list of medications.
- Mirror therapy
- Stump stimulation - using TENS
- Cognitive therapies
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Home Diagnostic Testing
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Causes of Phantom limb pain
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Phantom limb pain: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:
- Nerve Disorders: serious diseases commonly undiagnosed:
- Chronic Pain Disorders -- serious medical disorders that may be undiagnosed:
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Misdiagnosis and Phantom limb pain
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Phantom limb pain: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Phantom limb pain
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Prognosis for Phantom limb pain
Prognosis for Phantom limb pain:
Usually more than one treatment approach is used to get phantom pain under control.
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Research about Phantom limb pain
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Types of Phantom limb pain
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