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What is phantom limb?

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

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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What's a phantom limb?

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

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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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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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How is it possible to feel a phantom limb?

How is it possible to feel a phantom limb?

See below: Sensation from the body travels from the "outside in" meaning the impulse starts in the limb and travels through nerves to the spinal cord and then into the brain where we "feel". When a limb is amputated, the nerves to that limb are cut the nerves are still in the part of the limb that remains. When they are stimulated, the brain still interprets the impulses as coming from the amputated part. ...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 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 is the definition or description of: Phantom limb?

Phantom limb: Phantom limb = sensation that missing/ amputated limb is still present. It may occur in up to 80% of amputees. ...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 causes phantom limb syndrome in non-amputees?

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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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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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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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