An introduction to phantom pain and residual pain

If you have recently had an amputation, then you definitely do not need an introduction to phantom pain. You are, in all likelihood, experiencing more than your faair share of this agony.

If you are not an amputee yourself, it is very difficult to explain what phantom pain feels like through words. I’ll however try to put down an introductbion for those of you who might have a friend or family member going through an amputation.

During the first few months of an amputation, amputees experience from extreme excrutiating pain due to the loss of the limb. The pain is experienced in the brain through the nervous system, but it is located in the limb that is lost i.e. that is no longer there. This is why it is called phantom limb pain.

During the first few weeks, the paain is extremely high. It subsides over time, and the location of the pain gradually recedes to the residual limb. This pain in the residual limb is called the residual limb pain. The residual limb will always feel some pain – the quantity and nature of the pain varies, and depends on ones life style and environment.

Residual pain management is an important topic for amputees, since it affects their lives forever. I will be uploading numerous posts related to managing physical pain without medication. This is one of the key subject areas in which I coach amputees.

The first thing I want you to know is that the pain will subside significantly, and to add to that, your body i.e. you brain and your nerves will get used to it. So one does get better at bearing it to a point that it is not a significant impediment to leading a good life, if you have the drive, the necessary support, motivation and such inclination.