Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom pain is sensation that seems as if it’s coming from a body part that has been amputated — usually a limb, but sometimes the breast, tongue, eye or sexual organ. About 60 to 80 percent of people with an amputation experience these feelings. The sensations, whether painful or not, originate in the spinal cord and brain. Phantom sensations include temperature changes, itching, tingling and pain of various kinds. It may even feel as if a missing limb is held at an uncomfortable angle and can be triggered by touching or stress.