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Is it possible to make phantom pains go away?

Is it possible to make phantom pains go away?

Phantom Pain: Psychotherapy and/or hypnotherapy may help. It can be a very intractable syndrome.
Pain specialists may offer additional treatment. ...Read more

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What causes "phantom" pains and how can you get it cured?

What causes "phantom" pains and how can you get it cured?

Nerves: Phantom pains occurs after an amputation and is related to the nerves being cut during the amputation. It is unclear exactly why they occur but one of the possibilities is that the brain "memorized" the pain so it is still present even when the part of the body is removed. It usually improves with time after an amputation. If it does not meds to treat nerve pain are helpful. ...Read more

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What does phantom pain mean?

What does phantom pain mean?

Pain at amputation: Phantom pain is pain that feel like it is occurring in a body part that has been amputated and is not present anymore. The "phantom" is the limb that is missing. ...Read more

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How can we explain phantom pain?

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. ...Read more

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What are some meds for phantom pain?

What are some meds for phantom pain?

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. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for phantom pain?

Is there any cure for phantom pain?

Yes: There are some really great studies on this problem. The cure involves using a mirror to allow the sufferers to reprogram their brains so the phantom body part is reintegrated into the brain, and the pain goes away. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of phantom pain in amputees?

What is the cause of phantom pain in amputees?

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 are phantom limbs?

What are phantom limbs?

Phantoms: Phamtom limb is the phenomena where even when a body part is no longer there, feeling is still present. This can be a limb or something like a breast that was removed. It has to do with neural circuitry and your body remembering in spacial time where something is/was. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a phantom period?

What are symptoms of a phantom period?

Perimenopause: Phantom periods are not a recognized diagnosis as far as I know. It is a phrase coined by life-style sites such as Dr. Oz. What you may be describing are the symptoms of perimenopause. The symptoms are too many to name in 400 characters. Here is a good link:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/basics/symptoms/con-20029473 ...Read more

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If lost fingertip can you feel "phantom pain"?

Yes: Any nerve amputation including the digital nerve may result in phantom pain. ...Read more

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How can I avoid phantom pain with my new prosthesis?

How can I avoid phantom pain with my new prosthesis?

Use it: The best way that I know of is to use the prosthesis. With time, the brain will reorganize its sensory representation of the amputated body part and reset itself. Sometimes people will have pain associated with use of the prosthesis. This is not the same as phantom limb pain but can be due to a sharp edge in the cut bone, poor soft tissue coverage and a collection of nerves called a neuroma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Phantom Pain & Stump Pain?

What is the difference between Phantom Pain & Stump Pain?

See below: Phantom limb pain is a diagnosis of exclusion after the following causes of PERSISTENT Stump pain are ruled out: ischemia(poor arterial blood supply to limb); neuroma formation ; pressure point developing over a bone spur or abnormal bone formation; and infection(osteomyelitis or residual graft infection). If the preceeding causes have been ruled out then the pain is considered phantom limb pain. ...Read more

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Do people who get sex changes ever get phantom pain, like amputees do?

Possible : Phantom genitalia has been reported in the medical literature. This is usually phantom sensation (feeling of an amputated area being present but not painful). It is much less common to have phantom pain if the area was not painful prior to the procedure. ...Read more

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What causes someone to suffer from constant facial pain or phantom toothache?

What causes someone to suffer from constant facial pain or phantom toothache?

NICO, etc.: 1. Neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis nico
2. High occlusion from recent tooth-work
3. Referred pain
4. Inflammation
5. Musculo-skeletal (TMJ) disorders
6. Etc. ...Read more

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Smelling cigarettes all the time, none around! #nqlu I am freaking out because I'm having "phantom" smells... Mainly cigarettes. I keep smelling them, but no one smokes here. I kept thinking my husband snuck one, but he has not, and he isn't lying to me

Smelling cigarettes all the time, none around! #nqlu I am freaking out because I'm having "phantom" smells... Mainly cigarettes.  I keep smelling them, but no one smokes here.  I kept thinking my husband snuck one, but he has not, and he isn't lying to me

I : I can't diagnose the cause of these "phantom smells". On one hand, if you have problems with your sinuses if could cause a bad odor. I think you would have mentioned it, if you developed severe headaches after smelling this. Since you are having more than one type of aroma, I recommend that you have this evaluated. You could be experiencing olfactory hallucinations. It would be appropriate to see a neurologist to be assessed. ...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?

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 few people, their will be pain in the phantom limb and this is a more difficult situation. ...Read more

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Cause of phantom pregnancy?

Cause of phantom pregnancy?

False pregnancy?: Phantom or false pregnancy is more common in veterinary circles. False pregnancy in humans is less common, and may sometimes be purely psychological. It is generally estimated that false pregnancy is caused due to changes in the endocrine system of the body, leading to the secretion of hormones which translate into physical changes similar to those during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of phantom limbs?

What are the symptoms of phantom limbs?

Nasty: Following an amputation, the brain may still respond as if a limb is still intact, and convey painful uncomfortable sensations as if the loss never occurred. This does require aggressive treatment but likely can be controlled. ...Read more

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What predisposes someone to phantom limb?

Common: Having a limb before amputation. Almost everyone who has had an amputation gets phantom limb — the sensation that the limb is still there. It often feels like the limb is longer or shorter than it used to be (telescoping) or that it is at a different angle. This is different from phantom pain, which will affect a smaller % of the people with amputations. ...Read more

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Are phantom odors associated with seizures?

Are phantom odors associated with seizures?

Smell aura: Sometimes people may have an odd sense of smell sensation — such as burning tires or electrical fire- as a warning symptom, or aura, or partial seizure. These arise from the mesial temporal cortex, which is associated with smell function. ...Read more

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How would handle phantom pain from an amputated body part?

How would handle phantom pain from an amputated body part?

Phantom Limb: It is quite common for amputees to experience sensations on the removed limb. Many times it is pains, for others, it can feel different (itching for example). A study reported in nejm found that using a mirror to 'visualize' the removed body part actually helped resolve those sensations. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc071927. No matter what, discuss things with your doctor or surgeon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing phantom pains after finger tip amputation, when will this go away?

I am experiencing phantom pains after finger tip amputation, when will this go away?

Desensitize: Fingertip hypersensitivity is much more common after tip amp. Than true phantom pain. This can be self treated by rubbing the tip on progressively rougher surfaces and working up to tapping the tip on a smooth then rough surface. If this cannot be accomplished, you may have a neuroma, bone fragment or other issue that needs a hand surgeon. Sensitivity of the tip can last mos to a year in general. ...Read more

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Is this phantom pain? How long after amputation should one experience pain in nerve endings of stump?

Is this phantom pain? How long after amputation should one experience pain in nerve endings of stump?

I would be : Concerned after a few weeks. There is the possibility of phantom pain as well as stump neuromas. You should consult with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Diagnosed siezure disorder in the last year. Now having migraines every day for last week and phantom smell of chocolate. What can this be?

Diagnosed siezure disorder in the last year. Now having migraines every day for last week and phantom smell of chocolate. What can this be?

Aura: Could be the aura of the migraine, but can also be a type of seizure. Would discuss with your neurologist and see whether you require additional testing. ...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