Phantom pain describes the sensations felt by amputees which may include itching, pins and needle feelings, stabbing pains, pressure, tingling, cramping, a sense of swelling – all in the area of the missing limb.  Most amputees experience these sensations althouigh the degree to which they are felt will vary.  The sensations come and go.  They may occur several times a day, for a few hours at a time.  After time passes after the amputation, they will become less frequent and intense and short lasting.  Your prosthetist will discuss options for helping reduce the pain.

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Last Modified: December 20, 2014