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.

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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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

What causes phantom limb pain after amputation?

See below. No one is really sure although the evidence suggests that if the limb was painful prior to the amputation, there is a higher liklihood of phantom pain after the amputation. 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 more...
Unknown. You are asking what causes phantom limb sensation. There are limits in medicine. We know patients describe phantom pain and sensation after amputation. Research continues to show new insights but your doctor will be able to refer you to a neurologist. Read more...

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...

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...
They did not teach i. Sorry , but they do not teach this in medical school usually. It is a form of biofeedback and one of hundreds of biofeedback techniques that may help some individuals. Its results are not universally good. Physicians will use many things to help patients. I use local anesthetic injection to disconnect the phantom sensations. And I have sucess with that technique. Read more...