Phantom Pain, Post-Amputation Disorder

Phantom Pain, Post-Amputation Disorder

It is also known as post-amputation disorder in which person feel pain from that part of the body which is longer attached to the body. It is a psychological problem.


Signs and symptoms include:Phantom Pain, Post-Amputation Disorder Causes Symptoms Treatment

  • Onset of pain after first week or it may be delayed to the months
  • Pain is continuous in nature
  • Pain has different characteristic like shooting, stabbing and burning type.
  • Pain comes from the farthest part of body.

The exact cause of this condition is still unknown. Some factors might play a role including damaged never endings and physical memory of pre-amputation pain.


There is no specific test to diagnosis this condition. Your doctor confirms the diagnosis on the basis of detailed medical history and physical examination.


Treatment depend upon the severity of the pain. Treatment options include:

  • Antidepressants to relieve from pain occur by damaged nerves fiber.
  • Pain killer to reduce the pain
  • Anti-convulsant also used to reduce the pain, dizziness and mood changes.
  • Opioids for severe pain
  • NMDA receptors antagonists for mild sedation, hallucination and loss of consciousness
Lifestyle and home remedies
  • Avoid emotional stress
  • Involved in activities
  • Take medicines on time
  • Exercise daily
  • Eat healthy diet
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