The Phantom

The pain in my leg has continued to lessen, however, as the pain in my physical limb has dissipated, I am really starting to notice the phantom pains. I don’t know if they are actually increasing or just becoming more noticeable because my other pain is going away, but either way, man are they obnoxious!

It feels like my right leg is always extended straight back at a 90° angle from my knee, my foot is extremely arched in the middle and my big toe is pulled way over the top of my second toe. I also have moments when I feel like my foot and my shin were stung by a bee, but obviously there is nothing I can do about it. As I said… Obnoxious! I have some pills that I take that are supposed to help with phantom pains, but I have yet to notice any assistance from them. I think I am going to call Dr. Rapp tomorrow and see if they have anything else the might help, because it would be nice to get this under control if at all possible! They say these can last for a few months until your brain gets used to the fact that your leg is no longer there, so it might be that you just have to suck it up and wait until your brain catches up with reality. I always knew my brain could be a little slow at times, but I didn’t realize it was this bad!

I saw an incredible video on facebook today that I wanted to share on here. It is a video of a speaker that discusses overcoming adversity in life. His name is Nick Vujicic, and he was born without any limbs. It is definitely worth checking out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE

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6 Responses to The Phantom

  1. peggy redfern says:

    I wonder if the pain is caused by the way they pulled your muscles back over
    the bone? I sure hope he can think of a way to relieve that pain.

    I’ve seen Nick online before, he’s such an inspiration!

  2. Cody Harris says:

    Hey man, I remember seeing something on the news a while back about phantom pains, check out this link…. it talks about mirror therapy which is apparently having great results:

    http://articles.cnn.com/2008-03-19/health/mirror.therapy_1_phantom-pain-leg-limb?_s=PM:HEALTH

    best of luck with your recovery, and get well soon!

  3. Brucerugby79 says:

    Rob,
    You are awesome-man your descriptions of the Phantom pain I can see where it would be driving you nuts like a cramp you can do nothing about-I do know as the Bible says this to shall pass-thank goodness it is not here to stay-hang in there Champ!
    Bruce

    • ken reeves says:

      Hey Rob hang in there the pains will get better. You have to realize there are alot of nerves and muscles that have been severed and kinda of bundled up in your stump. Like I said before I very seldom have phontom pains but I do have sensations huge difference. If I see someone fall an concrete are a hard surface I sometimes get a shooting pain through my leg it just last a second. The brain is a complicated thing sometimes but you will overcome this and the pain will subside. Goodluck and God bless.
      Ken

  4. Neal Seigfried says:

    I can still get a visit from the phantoms, but very seldom. They usually visit on a day when I’ve been unusually hard on stumpy. Thankfully they don’t hang around too long. I hope by the time you read this that yours have gone elsewhere. It was one of the hardest things to explain to other people.

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