Coping with limb loss is significantly more difficult, in many ways, than coping with the loss a pair of mittens. Interacting with others is important. Becoming informed and understanding the whole range of new experiences is important. The articles listed on this page have been helpful to me and or others in this support group.
Loss of a limb and the ensuing therapy will expose you to many unfamiliar words. This list will help you understand what is being said about or to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have no experience with a prosthesis, this is probably a good page to read.
First Step (the 2005 Edition) and other ACA Publications Available Online
First Step consists of six sections each of which contains several quite useful articles. First Step deals with items of concern to the new amputee as well as the seasoned veteran wearer of a prostheses.
Point to "Publications" on the left menu and choose any of their other excellent publications. For example, Senior Step might be of interest to some of our members.
Options in Sockets and Liners
A short essay by Kevin Carroll which originally appeared in the Nov/Dec 09 issue of inMotion. He describes a number of the most common options.
Phantom pain is pain that feels like it's coming from a body part that's no longer there. Doctors once believed this post-amputation phenomenon was a psychological problem, but experts now recognize that these real sensations originate in the spinal cord and brain.
OnLine Journal of Continuing Education in Anaesthesia - Oxford University
The article is pretty technical because it is written for doctors.
The Department of Anaesthesiology at the NYU Medical Center
Another technical article but it has a lot ofunderstandable information. In fact I found a medication recommendation which my doctor and I decided to try and it seems to be working.
Mount Sinai Hospital
A brief article explaining what phantom pain is, its diagnoses, treatment, etc.
The Journal of Family Medicine
Stresses management of phantom pain.
Ohio State University
Short list of things that make it worse, and a short list of treatments.
Pretty Good Essay on Phantom Pain
Seems to be comprehensive and carefully researched.
In this column I will present links to each of the on-line issues of inMotion magazine as they become available.
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