Phantom Limb Pain
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This article is a basic overview of phantom limb pain. John Miles, the author, discusses its history, cause, and treatments.
Phantom limb pain is pain in an arm or leg, etc., which is no longer there. In most cases, it is found in men. A French doctor Ambroise Pare was the first to notice patients with pain in absent limbs. That was in the sixteenth century. In the 1980's, phantom limb pain was studied again by two Danish neurosurgeons, Jensen and Rasmussen. Their study was not very accurate, so not much of any value is known about phantom limb pain as of today. That is why they still do not know the cause of it. Most scientists believe that a nerve still exists on the stump of the limb and the brain does not know how to interpret the signal it is giving so it ultimately ends up being pain. Some scientists believe that once the limb is lost, the body has a chemical imbalance, and that leads to the brain thinking that the limb is in serious pain. Almo...
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