Name: Phantom Limb Pain
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After a limb is amputated, a patient may feel as if the limb is still there. This is called phantom sensation. It may feel:
Hot or cold
Like the missing toes or fingers are moving
Like the missing limb is still there, or is in a funny position
Like the missing limb is getting shorter. This is called telescoping.
These sensations slowly get weaker and weaker. You should also feel them less often. They may not ever go away completely.
Pain in the missing part of the arm or leg is called phantom pain. It may feel like:
Sharp or shooting pain
Phantom limb pain will lessen over time for most people.
Some things may make phantom pain worse:
Being too tired
Putting too much pressure on the part of the arm or leg that is still there
Changes in the weather
An artificial limb that does not fit properly
Poor blood flow
Swelling in the part of the arm or leg that is still there
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