Those who experience phantom limb pain explain it as a lingering sensation or even the feeling of pain where a limb no longer exists. It is most commonly the result of those who have gone through an amputation, either from an accident or surgery.
The patients may experience two types of sensations: painful sensations and non-painful sensations. Painful sensations can be characterized as external sensations that include sensitivity to temperature, pressure, itchiness, touch, and vibrations. Alternatively, the patients may experience non-painful sensations which may be described as tinging or the feeling of being on “pins and needles.”
Physicians manage these patients with a variety of approaches. Continue reading →