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29 March 2017

Phantom limb pain

Many amputees suffer from so-called ‘phantom limb pain’ as they continue to feel a removed limb and the pain in it as though it was still there. Using brain scanning techniques, scientists have recently found that the cause of this chronic and currently untreatable pain is a ‘reorganisation’ of the wiring in the brain – a case of ‘crossed wires’ in the area of the brain linked to movement and sensation. Promisingly, they also discovered that by mending that disruption, the pain may be treated without the use of drugs.

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