Phantom Limb Pain is an imaginary pain that a person feels is coming from a body part that is no longer there. Phantom Limb Pain was once considered as a post-amputation phenomenon that is psychological, but now this pain is traced back to real sensations that originate in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms are:
• Onset of imaginary pain within a few days after amputation
• Pain that comes and goes
• Shooting, stabbing, boring or squeezing kind of pain
• Coldness, itchiness and tingling at the amputated part
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN DIAGNOSED?
Although there's no medical test to diagnose phantom pain, doctors can identify the condition by collecting information about the symptoms and the circumstances, such as trauma or surgery, which occurred before the pain started.
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN TREATED?
Antidepressants, anticonvulsants and narcotic drugs are given to treat the person psychologically
DID YOU KNOW?
This is not a serious problem but tends to continue for a long time.