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Does anyone have information on phantom limb pain?

Does anyone have information on phantom limb pain?

See below: Phantom limb occurs when someone has an amputation of part of the limb and the person has persistent sensation like the amputated part is still there. This can also happen in people who have spinal cord injury and can no longer feel their extremities. With time, the phantom sensation begins to fade in most people. A small percentage have phantom pain which is much more difficult to treat. ...Read more

Dr. Reid Abrams
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Phantom Limb (Definition)

Phantom limb = sensation that missing/ amputated limb is still present. It may occur in up ...Read more


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Could you experience phantom pain when no limb has been amputated?

Could you experience phantom pain when no limb has been amputated?

Well: Technically not because phantom refers to pain from something that is not there. You certainly can have nerve type pain when the cause ha not been found. Are you referring to that as a phantom pain ? ...Read more

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Why does my child complain about leg pain without any signs of injuries?

Why does my child complain about leg pain without any signs of injuries?

Many reasons: Is your child and very active? Pain may be a result of overuse. Some children will have growing pains. If the pain persists, or gets worse, have it checked out. ...Read more

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Have had knee pain (outside of leg) for some years. Nothing to see on tests. Physio thinks it is to do with sciatic nerve. Any suggestions?

Have had knee pain (outside of leg) for some years. Nothing to see on tests. Physio thinks it is to do with sciatic nerve. Any suggestions?

Si joint: Could be an sacroiliac joint problem, especially if you have it while standing or walking, or on any other mechanical movements, see pain specialist, or have your physiotherapist perform 5 different diagnostic tests, if 3 will be positive you still need to see a pain specialist, and may be need it to be injected with cortisone. Take Ibuprofen or Celebrex (celecoxib) in a mean time. ...Read more

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Does every layer of meninges have pain sensations? Cause i know brain parenchyma doesn't have any pain sensations

Does every layer of meninges have pain sensations? Cause i know brain parenchyma doesn't have any pain sensations

Generally, no: Of the 3 layers that cover and protect the brain, only the outer, dura mater (or "tough mother") has sensory nervers. The middle, arachnoid layer and closest, pia mater (or "intimate mother") are considered to not have sensory innervation. ...Read more

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My boyfriend seems to have periodic limb movement disorder. However, we don't have health insurance. Anything we can do?

My boyfriend seems to have periodic limb movement disorder. However, we don't have health insurance. Anything we can do?

Search online: Regardless of supreme court ruling, just b/c you don't have health insurance doesn't mean you can't get (good) health care. Search online for free health clinics, etc. Sorry for the self-advertising but this "no insurance" question has come up enough times that i put together a short page on my website pointing towards sites that offer free (or low cost) healthcare, medications & possibly tests. ...Read more

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I have a pt with severe RLS only affecting the left leg. It has not responded to pramipexole or neurontin (gabapentin). Any ideas? Why one side? what to look at

I have a pt with severe RLS only affecting the left leg.  It has not responded to pramipexole or neurontin (gabapentin).  Any ideas? Why one side? what to look at

Here's the link: Nice to speak with you on the phone...enjoy those waves on the beach...We in the midwest are envious! Here is the link I promised on atypical RLS....should give you some other ideas on your patient but as I said a few moments ago, the unilateral nature of this thing bothers me and if I were the specialist consulting I would approach this problem from the beginning and re-diagnose: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18656214 ...Read more

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Does anyone have any info on joint hypermobility syndrome?

Does anyone have any info on joint hypermobility syndrome?

Ehlers-danlos syndro: There is much info on these--more on the famous ehlers-danlos syndrome. Follow this link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002439/ hope you find the answer your are looking for. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cervical nerve impingement.Is it applicable to my condition since I have pain &cramps in neck&shoulder with burning sensation?

What are the symptoms of cervical nerve impingement.Is it applicable to my condition since I have pain &cramps in neck&shoulder with burning sensation?

Possibly: Pain in shoulder which moves into the arm, especially down into the fingers is often related to a cervical nerve root. But if it's only in the upper arm there are other potential causes. Lung problems, anginal heart pain, liver or gallbladder problems can cause pain in the shoulder and upper arm. If you're having this much pain you should be evaluated. At least then you can be treated for the pain. ...Read more

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My wife has had pain to her legs with symptoms of resless leg syndrome, does cyclobenzaprine really work for these symptoms?

Need more info: I assume that cyclobenzaprine was suggested by her physician. Rls is tough to treat and there is no one medication that always works. Consult with her physician to try many medications approved by the fda until one finally and hopefully works to alleviate her symptoms. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience of poly-cystic ovaries and what effects it might have on having kids?

Does anyone have any experience of poly-cystic ovaries and what effects it might have on having kids?

Depends: Many patients have polycystic-appearing ovaries found on sonograms, but still have normal monthly cycles where they release eggs - so fertility shouldn't be impaired.If one has pcos and irregular periods, then it means they aren't ovulating regularly and it can be harder (very hard) to conceive; sometimes they will require ovulation induction medications or infertility treatments. ...Read more

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Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? my face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

Do you have to have stabbing electric shock pain on the face to have ATYPICAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA? my face burns on the left side but not stabbing!

No: Any feeling or numbness along the nerve area is trigeminal neuropathy. You need to see a doctor for better history and detailed exam to come up with a treatment plan to help resolve this discomfort and stop it from worsening. I hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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I have crps in left leg. Have scs fitted but still in much pain. On crutches for 5 yrs due to this, which causes neck/arm pain. Any ideas?

I have crps in left leg. Have scs fitted but still in much pain. On crutches for 5 yrs due to this, which causes neck/arm pain. Any ideas?

Tailored care needed: Today we have more options in wave forms and programming than we have ever had. The SCS should be treating your CRPS pain, you may need a new system that can better target this pain. The neck and arm pain is biomechanical. A PM&R physician and PT can work on correct gait training/ strengthening if you still need the crutches. If SCS is to be of value you should be able to give up your crutches. ...Read more

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Does anyone have information on phantom limb pain?

See below: Phantom limb occurs when someone has an amputation of part of the limb and the person has persistent sensation like the amputated part is still there. This can also happen in people who have spinal cord injury and can no longer feel their extremities. With time, the phantom sensation begins to fade in most people. A small percentage have phantom pain which is much more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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How can phantom limb pain be treated?

How can phantom limb pain be treated?

Drugs: From a pharmacotherapeutic standpoint, phantom pain can be treated with Neurontin (gabapentin) ot Lyrica (pregabalin) for fairly good results. ...Read more

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How is phantom limb pain evaluated. Treated?

How is phantom limb pain evaluated. Treated?

See below: There are no blood tests or xrays mris etc that need to be done. The diagnosis is established by the person's history and physical examination. The treatment includes various desensitization techniques such as tapping the limb, massage, using a prosthesis as well as various medications designed to dampen overactive nerves. ...Read more

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What are people using for chronic phantom limb pain?

What are people using for chronic phantom limb pain?

Phantom pain: Try to avoid any narcotics for phantom pain. Because the narcotics, such as lortab, morphine, tramadal etc, will decrease endorphine production by negative feeding back, and make you more sensative to the pain. Acupuncture, antidepresants, such as ssri, nerve membrane stabilizers, such as neurotin, lyrica, (pregabalin) trileptal, Lamictal are commonly used. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what to do about phantom limb pain?

Could you tell me what to do about phantom limb pain?

Phantom Limb Pain: Persistent aberrant pain from nerve endings of amputated limb is difficult to treat. Desensitizing approaches with physical therapy modalities used are heat, transcutaneous electrical stimulations, and massage. Medical treatments beside pain meds, include neuroleptics (nerve meds), antidepressants and even blood pressure meds. Sometimes surgery is done to remove a neuroma at the residual limb. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb pain after amputation?

What causes phantom limb pain after amputation?

Many factors: The exact cause of phantom limb pain is not completely clear. Cutting the nerves that went to the limb and later attempts by the body to heal the nerve play a role. It is also known that the area of the brain that controlled movement of the limb prior to the amputation may interpret sensation from the stump as coming from the amputated portion of the limb and that this might be painful. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for chronic phantom limb pain?

What is the treatment for chronic phantom limb pain?

Phantom pain: Yes, you can. However, try to avoid any narcotics to control your phantom pain. Because the narcotics, such as lortab, morphine, tramadal etc, will decrease your endorphine production from your brain and spine by negative feeding back, which will make you sensative to the pain. Acupuncture is an appropriate way to control phantom pain by increase endorphine and and by balancing pain out. ...Read more

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Can I use cymbalta (duloxetine) to treat my chronic phantom limb pain?

Can I use cymbalta (duloxetine) to treat my chronic phantom limb pain?

Phantom pain: Yes, you can. However, try to avoid any narcotics to control your phantom pain. Because the narcotics, such as lortab, morphine, tramadal etc, will decrease your endorphine production from your brain and spine by negative feeding back, which will make you sensative to the pain. Acupuncture is an appropriate way to control phantom pain by increase endorphine and and by balancing pain out. ...Read more

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Is phantom limb pain either biological or psychological?

Is phantom limb pain either biological or psychological?

Neuropathic: This phenomenon is consider a neuropathic pain. There is a disconnect between what the brain perceives and what is actually there. Phantom limb syndrome is common to many if not all amputees but not all have phantom limb pain. Early use of a prosthesis is essential to help reduce these symptoms. There are excellent medications that can also help with the symptoms. See a pm&r physician. ...Read more

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Why do doctors continue to prescribe meds for phantom limb pain when they've been taught about the effectiveness of the "mirror box" in med school?

Mirror box : Is relatively new therapy. Most treatments in western medicine are multimodal, meaning more than one way of treating pain at one time, has greatest efficacy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms involved with a phantom limb?

What are the symptoms involved with a phantom limb?

Sensation: Phantom limb symptoms are that the limb is still there even after an amputation. Phantom pain is pain in the limb even if it is not there. ...Read more

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Any solution for missing limb- phantom limb sensation?

Any solution for missing limb- phantom limb sensation?

Gabapentin: Phantom limb pain has been a mystery for decades. It derives from the brain centers that expect input from nerves from a limb that no longer exists. This type of neuritic pain will sometimes respond to Gabapentin or perhaps tricyclics. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb syndrome in non-amputees?

Hmmmm: Phantom limb pain is very specific: it is pain in a part of your body that no longer exists. If, for instance you're feeling pain in your arm, but there's no reason to feel pain there, that may be described as neuropathic pain. In other words pain caused by damage to nerves for whatever reason. Commonly however people feel pain without damage all the time. You need to talk to your doctor about t. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb syndrome in non amputees?

Not possible: Phantom limb pain is by definition pain felt in an amputated limb (for example a person has a left foot amputation but feels pain in the heel of the foot that is not present anymore). ...Read more

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What is phantom limb syndrome or pain caused by damaged nerves?

What is phantom limb syndrome or pain caused by damaged nerves?

See below: Phantom limb pain is a phenomenon that can occur after a person has an amputation of a limb or part of a limb. The person will often feel an intense painful sensation in the part of the extremity that is no longer there. This can also happen in people with spinal cord injury who feel pain in a part of their body that is paralyzed. It can be difficult to treat not impossible to treat. ...Read more

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What is phantom limb?

See below: Phantom limb occurs when someone has an amputation of part of the limb and the person has persistent sensation like the amputated part is still there. This can also happen in people who have spinal cord injury and can no longer feel their extremities. With time, the phantom sensation begins to fade in most people. A small percentage have phantom pain which is much more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What's a phantom limb?

Amputation: Following amputation, in some cases, the brain may act as if the loss never occurred, and painful sensations may be felt even though the limb is gone. ...Read more

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What causes phantom limb?

What causes phantom limb?

See below: Phantom limb syndrome is the term for when a person still feels the limb after amputation of that limb. It is thought to be a phenomenon that is generated in the brain by our "map" of that body part that has existed since birth. In most people this phantom fades away with time. In a small number of people, their will be pain in the phantom limb and this is a more difficult situation. ...Read more

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What is a phantom limb like?

Unreal sensation: When a limb is lost by amputation, the nerves that used to go to the limb still remain as stubs in the stump. They continue to send information to the brain as though they were still connected to the limb. This causes a phantom sensation of feeling from the limb that is no longer there. This is interpreted as pain or severe discomfort. It is hard to treat and hard to understand. ...Read more

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What is phantom limb syndrome?

It's not there: The brain develops a body MAP very early in life. Nerves to an arm or leg are from a specific region of the brain. If the arm or leg is lost, the nerves still act as though it were there, and the brain still acts as though it were there. This produces a phantom limb sensation. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Limb Pain (Definition)

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