The term Phantom Limb Pain is used for defining a pain that is felt the area or the limb, which has been amputated. In most cases, this fain pain tends to go away about 6 months post the surgery or loss of limb, but in Phantom Limb Pain this continue to persist even after a period of 6 months. Hot and cold cramping sensations are experienced in such patients.
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN DIAGNOSED?
Your surgeon or even GP would check your leg and examine these symptoms. Additionally some blood tests can be given.
HOW IS PHANTOM LIMB PAIN TREATED?
There is no fixed treatment for the problem of Phantom Limb Pain but applying heat-based ointments, doing hot and cold compress and also massaging the area helps. In other cases, the patients can be given TENS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Physiotherapy is also suggested to get rid of the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery have reported the sensation of phantom genitals. The reports were less common among post-operative transwomen, but did occur in transmen. Similarly, subjects who had undergone mastectomy reported experiencing phantom breasts, these reports were substantially less common among post-operative trans men, but did occur in transwomen.