Phantom Pain – The Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options!

A terrible pain that comes from that part of the limb that is no longer present; phantom pain, it is in actuality gone or has been destroyed because of some accident. It has also been observed that almost 80 percent of the worldwide population is suffering from this kind of pain. The intensity of this kind of pain varies from person to person. For some it longs for only seconds, or minutes to days and on the other hand for some the frequency and sensations of the pain continue for years.

What are The Leading Causes of Phantom Pain?

The kind of pain a person experiences in this condition is very much different to the one a person faces in some trauma associated to the limb. In phantom limb pain, a person will experience mixed signals from the brain or the spinal cord. Considering this, it treatment is also different as compared to the other pains.

People going through this type of pain often find an increase in their pain when the following things happen to them:

  • Angina
  • Touch
  • Smoking
  • Changes in barometric pressure
  • Herpes zoster
  • When exposed to cold

It’s better to communicate the triggering actions with your healthcare provider, as he/she would suggest best what should be done in such a situation.

The Symptoms!

  • These confirm that the pain you are facing is phantom limb pain:
  • The pain either comes or goes and in some times it is continuous
  • Often that part of the limb is affected which is located far away from the body such as the foot or amputated leg
  • It is usually described by the victims as stabbing, boring, squeezing, throbbing, shooting or burning
  • At times, it is also felt that the affected part that is the phantom limb part is moved into some uncomfortable position
  • One more contributing factor is pressure being applied on the affected limb or in case of any emotional stress

Treatment Options

The alternative therapies that work best in this are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage of the affected limb
  • Biofeedback
  • Virtual reality therapy
  • Imagery
  • Music etc

If you or any of your loved one is suffering from some phantom pain or any other body pain, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at (815) 464-7212). He is an expert anaesthesiologist and certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing pain relief techniques for the past several years with effective results.