characteristics of pain of phantom limb

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Various types of pain may occur:

  • most common descriptions are of burning, shooting or crushing pain, usually in the phantom fingers or toes, but not necessarily in the normal positions - the patient may have the sensation that the limb has been shortened with the digits up in the stump - the patient may describe their phantom arm in a distorted awkward posture with the fingers clenched painfully into the palm
  • pain in the stump may be same as the pain experienced in the phantom limb - occasionally there may be tender trigger points

Last reviewed 01/2018