Phantom pain

Phantom pain is when a person feels pain from a body part that is not there any more. Doctors used to believe that the pain was caused psycologically. However, doctors now believe that real sensations originate in the spinal cord and brain.

Phanotom pain is usually caused after a few days of amputation. They tend to come and go rather than being constant. They affect the limb farthest from the body, such as the foot of an amputated leg. They may be described as shooting, stabbing, or burning. Sometimes the victim feels as if the phantom part is forced into an uncomfortable position.

There are many ways to cure phantom pain by using medications, noninvasive therapies, minimally invasive therapies, and surgery.


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