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Dr. Reid Abrams
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Phantom Limb (Overview)

Phantom limb is a condition where a person who has lost a limb continues to feel pain and sensation where the limb used to be.


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What predisposes someone to phantom limb?

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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Dr. Reid Abrams
103 doctors shared insights

Phantom Limb (Overview)

Phantom limb is a condition where a person who has lost a limb continues to feel pain and sensation where the limb used to be.


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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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What are typical symptoms of 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 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's it mean to have phantom limb?

Phantom limb: Having sensations in a limb that has been amputated. ...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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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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What's the most natural treatment for phantom limb?

Mirror therapy: There have been a few studies on this and it was even in an episode of house!. It involves using an optical illusion with a mirror to make it seem like the amputated limb is still there. You then contract and move the remaining limb while looking at the mirror. It changes your perception of the amputated side and over time may help to "rewire the brain" look up mirror therapy for more details. ...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