Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) is a medical condition that occurs when an individual feels pain in a limb that has been amputated or is no longer present. This condition is a common occurrence after amputations and can be extremely painful and debilitating for the individual. The exact cause of PLP is still unknown, but it is believed to be related to the way the brain processes pain signals. For some people, the brain continues to receive signals from the missing limb, which can result in the sensation of pain.
Phantom Limb Pain can affect anyone who has had a limb amputated or is born without a limb. This condition can occur immediately after the amputation or can develop weeks, months, or even years later. The severity of PLP can vary greatly from person to person, with some individuals experiencing mild discomfort and others experiencing severe pain.
Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) involves (typically) unpleasant sensations experienced in a missing limb. These symptoms include:
PLP can occur either sporadically or constantly, with intensity ranging from mild to severe. Some individuals might also experience phantom sensations, including itching, temperature changes, or the feeling of the limb moving, despite its absence.