Phantom Pain resulting from amutation. Any information will help

United States
September 9, 2008 10:17pm CST
I have a friend that was in a horrible car accidnrt last Dec. Since then she has lost her leg to above her knee. ( started with just her a foot, then a few ore inches and so on, she has had numerous staph MRSNS infections) She is having a terrible time with what the call phatom pain which is in fact a very real condition. I did find some links to websites that I sent her. But sometimes it is better to hear it from someone that experiences it themselves or has in the past. There is alo talk of a prosthetic she may be able to get that will attach to the exisitng nerve endings, but I guess that will be another discussion. I would be very grateful for any information you can provide. Thank You in Advance.
1 response
25 Sep 08
Phantom Pain is a pretty common condition following amputation and is very troublesome too. It should be delt with psychotherapy. Tricyclic antidepressants may provide some relief.........above all the best thing is to provide moral support to the amputee and to make him realize that his/her limb is amputed now, so that a feedback can be sent to the brain that a part of body has been amputed. A proper prosthesis also help in phantom pain.
• United States
25 Sep 08
Thank you so much for your response. I have been doing some extensive research since I posted this and there is alot of wonderful information available. My girlfriend actually is being by surgeon OCT 1 he only comes to the states once a year, it all sounds like she is a candidate for a procedure where the nerve endings and prosthetics will work is so amazing. I have done much research as I mentioned and am going to stat a blog as well to help others suffering through the same problems. Thanks again for you response.