Invisible Pain

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Phantom pain is a sensation that is based of a perception of pain coming from a limb or part of the body that is no longer physically attached. Phantom pain is most common in war veterans because they can feel the "pain" from the amputated limb. For many of the amputees, the sensation feels as if their missing limbs are in an awkward and uncomfortable position. I find it important for others to realize and take note of what these amputees are going through because that feeling of discomfort is something that they have to live with everyday and they have no permanent escape from this absent pain. Since the feeling is mostly an illusion of pain, there is not a abundance of treatments available.
This article is about a man who suffered from phantom pain because he had lost a limb in combat. He explained that the pain was similar to a shock that would last up to a minute, occurring multiple times in an hour. He was able to use mirror therapy to ease the pain. In mirror therapy, the illusion of the extra limb is used to trick your nerves into avoiding the pain from incorrect signals. Many patients have been able to find comfort from mirror therapy because they're able to stretch the limb that they do have and the reflection in the mirror offers the idea that they're stretching the limb that they don't have. The image relieves the uncomfortable feeling that amputee's experience.

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