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What Does Phantom Pain Mean
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Use it: The best way that i know of is to use the prosthesis. With time, the brain will reorganize it's 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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