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Question DetailsAsked on 5/1/2014

My husband is a amputee and has Phanthom pain. Is there anything that he can do to help with that besides meds?

He is awake all hours of the night. His doctor has him on tramodol. Not really helping!

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You might try researching "Mirror Box Therapy" as an alternative to or in addition to medication therapy. Whie it is not effectve for every situation, many people who experience Phantom Pain find that it does help alleviate some of their symptoms to a certain degree.

"Mirror Box Therapy" is essentially a box with two mirrors in the center (one facing each way), where the patient places the good limb into one side, and the amputated limb into the other. The patient then looks into the mirror on the side with good limb and attempts to "Mirror" the same movemements with the other limb. Because the patient is seeing the reflected image of the good limb moving, it appears as if the phantom limb (or missing limb) is also moving.

By doing this it provides the patient with artificial visual feedback potentilly making it possible to "move" the phantom limb (or missing limb) and to unclench it from potentially painful positions.

You can find out more by visiting or by simply entering "Mirror Box Therapy" into the Google search box. I hope that this helps! Good Luck!


Answered 6 years ago by Lindthony

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