Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a sensation of pain or discomfort that comes from a limb or part of the limb that is not there.
After a part of the body has been removed, the pain still exists and feels like it is coming from that body part. PLP starts soon after the body part is removed, and is most common after removal of fingers or toes. PLP often feels like the pain is coming from the part of the body that is furthest away from the removed body part (e.g An amputee feels pain in the fingers after having their arm removed).
Treatment options may include:
Diagnostic tests include: There is no medical test that diagnoses phantom limb pain, but doctors can use information with symptoms and circumstances associated with the pain. This information might include the date of the surgery, onset of the pain, activity of the person right before the pain began, and any other information that might help provide an accurate diagnosis.
Causes & contributing factors may include:
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