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I am currently seeking amputation to my left arm. Due to a motorcycle accident that happened in 07' that has left my (L)Arm paralyzed. Now... is there a lot of cases with Phantom Pain in amputies? and if anyone does expierence it, is it as extreme as what

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Topher
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Written on: 28/10/2010 [18:05]
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Topher
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I am currently seeking amputation to my left arm. Due to a motorcycle accident that happened in 07' that has left my (L)Arm paralyzed. Now... is there a lot of cases with Phantom Pain in amputees? and if anyone does experience it, is it as extreme as what i experience now! [Note] not amputating because the Pain. I feel i can do better without.
Thanx
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sorry not used to posting on here didnt finish the question
Written on: 28/10/2010 [18:07]
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Annie2
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HI topher

Welcome in our forum!

Did you talk to a doctor yet? Even a "useless" are is of use. E.g for balance, its really important to have both arms. of course, balance also works with only one arm, but its easier with both even one of them is no working. To lose a part of the body is also very stressing for the mind. Dont underestimate that!

If there is no medical reason for an amputation the doctors might refuse doing it.

About phantom pain: They are annoying and sometimes horrible! Some people never get rid of them, other never even get them. For those who have them as me, I can say that sometimes you want to cut off your arm again to stop the pains! the thing is just: there is nothing left to cut off.

However, I can understand your reasons and concerns. But think about it very carefully and try to find as much information as possible. Losing an arm means a lot more than just one limb less.

Kind regards
Written on: 29/10/2010 [13:29]
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ronya
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Topher wrote:

[Note] not amputating because the Pain. I feel i can do better without.


Annie, I think you got him wrong (but i very much like your answer, it's very well reasoned!) What he means was that he's not amputating because he thinks he can to better without the pain. Or am I wrong, topher?

Welcome abord!

Phantom pains are horrible. You also get them with paraplegia. like "thanks, i cant move or feel my legs, but they hurt!" Sucks....
Written on: 29/10/2010 [13:34]
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Topher
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Thank you for both of your answers!
Heres the thing. Since the damage was all at the collarbone and ripping the nerves from the spine. The arm is out-of-socket. It just hangs there. balance is key! understood. I was lucky it was my left cause it would have been a longer road to learn!
It's.....just that I can't take it any longer! it's in the way! I was very active in the use of my arms, they paid the bills. I miss construction. I miss a lot! but it hasn't got to my mind... not even since the day i awoke in the hospital and had come to the realization of the loss of it's use. I seriously didnt even shed a tear. i think i was more pissed of the aftermath and what was going to be. but never shed a tear to what has happened. I don't know why? but I guess thats me. The pain i can relate. I say the same thing. its not even working and i have to get this shit! I hate the Pain! but not as much as i hate the arm itself! It's a body-weight.
If it wasn't for my resourcefulness I don't know what I'd be today. I am alone and always have been. so doing things like cutting my nails on my right hand(use my feet), folding clothes, cleaning, cooking, tie my shoes with my teeth, I actually put a box spring threw a second floor window all by myself. Just some examples of what i managed to do with my disability. Sleeping is not fun! it's like slipping with a bat.
I have seen Doctors and yes most of them give me a alternate answer(s).
Not what I want to hear! But i seen a man with both arms amputated with prostheses pushing a cart at Wal-Mart. that to me is bliss! they wanted me to wear a sling when i go out. not happening! it feels like breasts that i don't want (on me).
I know it's gonna be different if this goes threw. Mentally I think i can handle it. I definitely am going to have adjust in a different manner. i do think about it now.....I don't know... I know i feel that it would better me.

Thanks Again
Written on: 29/10/2010 [16:49]
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amputee-1
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Hi Topher,

I had a very similar injury after my motorcycle accident, but the arm on my body was going to kill me, so I had no choice. The good news is that I had phantom pain for a couple of weeks, but since then I only feel a little itching and burning but no real pain. They gave me a passive arm prosthesis, but I never used it, as it probably feels as senseless as your arm does. The bad news is that I have phantom pain in my leg (which I also lost). This pain keeps me sleepless several times a year and I have not found a solution to that yet. In my case: the less I think about phantom pain, the less I feel it. However, as there is very different amount of phantom pain, the decision is really up to you. Let me know, if you need further input.

Good luck!

Amputee-1
Written on: 31/10/2010 [20:23]
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Annie2
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Hi

Wow, now I see! icon_eek.gif Amputee-1, the comparison to the prosthesis is very colorful and obvious! The good thing about the fake arm is that you can take it off when it annoys you what Topher cant with his own arm.
Topher, I recommend you to see a specialist for amputation and have a long talk with him about your issue.
I understand now better why you want to get rid off your arm. Im not sure though if that would really be the best solution for you. An amputation helds many other problems in petto, so it's worth to talk about the amputation and its consequences as much as possible!
Living with just one arm is still fine, though icon_wink.gif
Written on: 01/11/2010 [10:39]
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Brooklynyte4ever
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Greeting to everyone from NYC

I read some stories about people getting their limbs amputated because of an accident. I just wanted to share some information that may be of help to those who want to try and save themselves from getting a limb amputated, etc.

I'm a certified therapist in tradition hijama / wet cupping. Hijama is an ancient Islamic remedy that goes back to prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him ). Hijama was highly recommended by him to everyone. Hijama or wet cupping involves using suction cups on certain parts of the body , making little incisions on the cupped area and removing dead / stagnated blood. Wet cupping if done correctly, can improve and even help cure people of certain desease and sicknesses. I highly recommend this Noble tradition and remedy to everyone regards of who you are or what you follow. Especially those who are looking to try a holistic alternative remedy that could possibly save them from amputation.
Hijama has been know to have helped people recover with spinal, nerve and or tissue damage and much more.

Any questions please feel free to ask.


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