Phantom limb pain (PLP) is the perception of pain ‘felt’ on an amputated limb. PLP was thought to be a product of a person’s imagination for a long time. However, scientific studies have since refuted that. PLP has been closely linked to the effects of amputation on the peripheral and central nervous system, leading to a pain sensation.
PLP can be mild or severe, and the pain can last seconds to hours and even days. While some people can make do with over-the-counter painkillers, others must take stronger medication to manage the pain. It is a condition that can negatively affect your quality of life in several ways, as discussed below.
It can drain your finances
Despite the significant medical strides made in PLP treatment, it can only be managed like any other pain syndrome. It may mean constantly being on medication in addition to other health care expenses involved in managing the condition, such as therapy and rehabilitation. You may be looking at significant medical bills, which can leave you in financial straits.
Interference with daily activities
Since PLP can be so intense, it can interfere with daily activities, such as getting dressed or taking care of personal hygiene. It can also make sleeping difficult, leading to fatigue and decreased concentration ability. This can impact your ability to work or engage in social activities.
Long-term psychological effects
The mental burden of PLP has long been documented. For instance, the constant pain and frustration of being unable to find a permanent solution can lead to anxiety, depression and other mental issues. Some people withdraw from friends and family in a bid to cope, but it only leads to deeper problems.
Compensation can help cope with living with PLP
If you suffered a catastrophic injury like an amputation due to the negligence of another individual or entity, getting adequate compensation could help mitigate some of the effects of PLP and ensure you live a more fulfilling life. Therefore, learning more about your legal rights as a victim of negligence and the steps to take toward getting justice is advisable.