Phantom pain is pain that feels as if it is coming from a body part that's no longer on the body. Physicians used to think that this was a psychological issue but it was later determined that this is a real sensation that people are feeling that begins in the spinal cord and the brain. Phantom pain is most common to people who lose an arm or a leg, but it also can affect those who have had other body parts removed such as the breast, tongue, or eye. Time can cure this without treatment for some people, although others find it very difficult in dealing with the pain. There are options available to help eliminate and significantly reduce the pain. Some describe the feeling as itchy, tingling, or coldness in the missing limb. This also occurs to those who were born with out the limb or body part, not just removed. Some characteristics of phantom pain are the pain comes and goes, it usually affects the furthest part of the missing limb from the body. It is also described as a stabbing, squeezing, throbbing, shooting, or burning feeling. Imaging of the brain can show the nerves associated with the missing limb flare as the person experiences the pain. Damaged nerve endings, physical memory of the pre amputated pain, scar tissue are also factors that contribute to phantom pain. Phantom pain can take a damaging toll on ones day-to-day life. The person with phantom pain may also begin to feel isolated if they remain inside due to the agonizing pain. Things such as these may later lead to depression. Phantom pain may also be a leading cause of lack of sleep. While the victim of the pain is experiencing the agonizing feeling of discomfort, sleep may be the first thing to go. It is wise to get the help necessary to treat the pain as soon as it arises in order to break free from the symptoms they may cause such as those just discussed. If you have phantom pain and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our friendly scheduling coordinators a call. They are specialized and trained to get you in with one of the board certified pain management physicians that can best be equipped to suit your needs. If any diagnostic testing is necessary, we have equipment at most of our facilities. They can also help with any insurance questions you may have. We can help with questions in regards to deductible, co payment, or payment plans. We are happy to help and look forward to speaking to you. It is our goal to help you get out of pain and begin to live life to its fullest.