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Phantom Pain Mystery

Phantom Pain Mystery - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Phantom pains are caused when an amputee feels pains like squeezing, warmth and itching from a missing limb. Read more about phantom pain syndrome and sensations.

After a person's limb has been amputated, some amputees experience phantom sensations that seem to be coming from the missing body part. If the feeling is intense enough, these sensations are called phantom pains or phantom limb syndrome. About 50-80% of people who've had an amputation experience phantom limb syndrome.

Phantom pains can also happen to people who are born without limbs and people who're paralyzed. A phantom sensation is when a person feels that their missing limb is still attached to the body and moves appropriately with other body parts. An example of this is one man who had both his arms amputated but he insisted he could still feel his arms swing when he walked. Phantom pains happen when the missing limb causes discomfort. The "pain" doesn't usually hurt but it is intense enough to be considered painful which is why it's called "phantom pains." Some of the feelings include warmth, cold, itching, squeezing and burning. The "pain" can be frequent or only once a year, if at all.

Many doctors feel that phantom limb syndrome is all in a person's head. However, one of the oldest and most common beliefs for what causes phantom pains are the cut nerve endings in the stump. The cut nerve endings keep generating impulses which flow through the spinal cord into the brain. However, this is only one theory and research is still being done to find out what causes phantom pains.

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Try This

Want to trick your mind into thinking your nose is super long? Get two friends to blindfold you while you sit on a chair behind friend one. Friend two guides your index finger of your right hand to friend one's nose. Now keep tapping friend one's nose with your index finger. At the same time, have friend two tap your nose with her index finger exactly the same way you're tapping. After 30 to 40 seconds, your nose will feel a foot longer.

Did your nose grow? Tell us about it. Do you experience phantom pains or phantom sensations? Have any comments or thoughts about phantom pains?

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    What Phantom Pain Would Drive You Crazy?

    • The itching would make me crazy.
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    • The burning sensation would drive me up the wall.
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    PerksBeingABookworm
    photo:6446529  [ photo:6446529] (I tried both, one without brackets and one with as an experiment) The bracket won't go without a space though Doesn't seem to be working but I hoped this helped? Ha ha 
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    rainbowpoptart
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    Sure thing. EDIT: Erm, I don't know if that's what that's supposed to be, lol. 
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    PerksBeingABookworm
    "Tennis123" wrote: "PerksBeingABookworm" wrote: Yeah. It’s not really something I’d ever partake in but I’m not going to denigrate people for doing it either. Unless you’re drawing out the animal’s death, wasting the potential resources it offers, or it’s an endangered species. Like with white tail deer, they’re already over populated, culling the population a little would help the ecosystem more than it would harm it. Just have respect for the life of the animal. Why isn’t the killing of the animal the issue for you? You say “have respect for the life of the animal” but you can’t do that while simultaneously killing said animal. If someone thinks it’s ok to kill the animal, they must have a difference between the animal and a human that justifies the killing. And if the difference was applied to a human, they must also accept killing them, otherwise it’s a contradiction. With all due respect, I believe it is possible. When I say "have respect for the life of the animal," I mean you should respect the fact that you are potentially taking a life, and that action should be justified. The killing of an animal isn't an issue for me if it is justified and absolutely necessary.  And yes, there is a difference between animals and humans. While we too are animals, we are significantly more developed intellectually and biologically in comparison to the majority of other species. This is a fact, and it's why many of us are so comfortable with killing wild animals-we feel disconnected to them except in certain cases, such as species like dolphins, apes, horses, and dogs. Does that mean we should value the lives of animals any less? No. But while animals are by nature more primal, that doesn't negate the fact that if they have proven to be a legitimate threat to the ecosystem and/or society, there shouldn't be an issue with killing them (ex. rabid animals beyond help). This isn't solely limited to animals either, you can see it in our own human society in many ways. For instance, our society executes people who have committed atrocities of the highest level, but we still value human life. 
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    Pokmon
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    Hi! If you're reading this, could you please type in: photo:6446529 but add [ to the beginning and ] to the end (no spaces)? Thank you! This is an image embed test, if you're curious (seeing if anyone can use images that I upload around the forums) not sure where this went, so I put it in general :P
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    Ivie96
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