Losing a limb can deliver a one-two punch. First there’s the physical and mental trauma of an amputation. Then, for more than 80 percent of amputees, comes the chronic pain that can be nearly as debilitating as their original injury.
For some, the painful feelings radiate from the limb that has been removed. Others experience the sensation that the missing limb is still attached. And still others feel the pain focused in what remains of the original limb.
In each case, the limb is gone, but the pain persists. For the vast majority of the estimated 2 million Americans living with limb loss, chronic pain following amputation is a constant companion.