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if lost fingertip can you feel "phantom pain"?

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Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management 32 years experience
Yes: Any nerve amputation including the digital nerve may result in phantom pain.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does phantom pain mean?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Phantom pain: This is pain that the brain perceives to be coming from a part of the body that no longer exists e.g. Pain from an amputated arm or leg.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there any cure for phantom pain?

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Dr. Kristi Kohl
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Management: Phantom pain can grow less but not often cured. Management can include medications that help with the pain sensors firing from the sensitized nerve endings such as Lyrica (pregabalin) or gabapentin. Other medications help centrally (such as cymbalta, amitriptylline, or ssri's that work on serotonin or dopamine) or directly on opioid receptors (narcotic pain medicines). Biofeedback and pt or ot can also help.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can we explain phantom pain?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Unknown: Extensive studies have been done. Clearly a perception within the brain relative to input from nerves that no longer exist. It may be expected input that is altered or absent and the brain perceives as abnormal and therefore "painful". The brain is set to receive certain messages from the body and expects them. When they are no longer appropriate, there is a perception of badness.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you have phantom pain from a trauma?

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Dr. Clive Segil
Orthopedic Surgery 58 years experience
No: Usually assosciated with a painfull amputation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some meds for phantom pain?

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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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None in particular: You need wellness, vits and minerals, massage, acupuncture and myofascial therapy of the short limb and the normal limb. Important ... The brain will project an image into the area where the limb was so check the shoulder or hip girdle for trigger points. See my wellness sheet on my page. My old fav anti-electrical med is Dilantin or valproic acid.

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