Amputees Support Group

Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. Many have undergone amputation or have been living with a missing limb since birth. In either case, life as an amputee can be challenging. This is the place to find others going through the same experiences as an amputee. Share your thoughts, troubles, and solutions with the community.

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  • SammySlugger

    My son at the fair

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    My son has an Symes amputation. He is nine years old and his prosthetic fits great and never comes off. We went to the county fair yesterday and the first ride we got on, the carnie told us he had to get off and get a permission slip to ride because he has an injury. I , his mother, instantly became furious as did his Grandma. We put up an argument as we didn't feel it was fair, it embarrassed...
  • hendosgirl

    Elective Amputation??

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    Where to start? Seriously considering asking my Ortho for an elective amputation. Im 32 years old, mom of 2. Ive had 4 knee surgeries (tibial Osteotomy, revision for non union, tibial osteotomy, partial hardware removal). I have a varus deformity, with instability, post lateral thrust. I have been passed from one ortho to the next (meeting #5 this fall) because of the complexity of surgeries ive...
  • Hi there!The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Loma Linda University Health is conducting research on the use of virtual reality to manage phantom limb pain in amputees. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, and meet the following criteria: 1. Age 18 or older2. Have an amputation of hand or forearm (below the elbow)3. Amputation was completed greater...
  • How does it make you feel when people crack jokes about your missing limb? I'm not sensitive about my missing arm, as I've lived with it from birth. I always smile and laugh along because it's usually a friend or acquaintance. And maybe they feel comfortable joking with me because they know me well and love me. But to be honest, I never like it when someone cracks a joke about my arm. It's ok for...
  • Hello all!My name is Megan and I am a final year Product Design Student in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland and for my major project I am interested in creating 3D printed prosthetics. In order to create the best possible product I need input from those living without limbs; I need to understand what it means to be and amputee and I need to learn about your experience...
  • Hi all,I have a confession to make: I am not an amputee. I am here to learn a little bit about the struggles that you all have faced. I sincerely hope my request does not offend anyone, as that is not my intention. I am an aspiring writer, and I am currently working on what I hope will someday be a novel. One of my main characters lost her left leg below the knee due to a car accident when she...
  • jdress

    tired and gianing weight

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    Tied of phantom and pian in remaining leg and drug hang over from docs meds It been three years will i ever be pian free agian what do poeple do to boost thier energy i always exuasted?
  • dmsnj

    Skin Issues?

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    I am a new BKA (a few months) and am wondering if anyone has skin issues that have changed post surgery. Sweating, rashes, the skin on my head feels strange even after a shower. I did hear of someone putting anti perspirant on the stump. Would love to hear other thoughts on this.Thank you
  • I am an above the knee amputee. I wear a gel liner and my socket has soft plastic inner layer and is hard on the outside. Just wondering with all that )my socket is so huge, barely fits in my pants (its so big that my pant leg is too short and I have to roll up my pant leg) and it is not that comfortable. Is this normal? Is there something out there that is more comfortable or do I just have to...
  • rachelj11

    Sores from prosthesis

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    I've had a below the knee prosthesis since I was 6 years old and am fully aware that occasional sores are inevitable. As I've gotten older (nearly 30) I've found that I am limited in how active I can be before my stump is in too much pain to walk. I can exercise but not daily and I have to plan my activity (i.e. if I want to go to gymnastics class on a Thursday then I shouldn't ride my bike on...
  • LeftBKMarch2007

    What to do?

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    I have two extra leftfoots that I don't use anymore. Where would be a good place to try and sell them? I tried ebay but I got no reply to my ad. Any ideals would be appreciated
  • Will I be able to shower with my prosthesis on? Or, do I have to have some sort of water prosthesis?
  • nwa55

    Need advice on gel liners

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    I am BK amputee and going in to get a new socket next week. I would like to start using a liner that does not require the additional gel sleeve to keep it on. If anyone has found something that works, and keeps the socket secure, please let me know...Thanks!!!
  • I've only been a BTK for approx. 2 years. As an intelligent person who is able to grasp mechanical and technical issues, I found the process of fitting my prosthesis very frustrating. It seemed as though I had only one chance to "choose the right foot apparatus". Did I want to walk, run, swim, or ride a bicycle? Well, I wanted to do all of them or none of them! Whose to say what I might want...
  • borgy76

    06/09/15. BTK amputation

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    Well its done. I thought I mat battle regrets and being very nervous. Surgery went awesome, no more then 45 minutes. Pain has been minimal, other then when the nerve blockers wore off. Learning to balance hasn't been too bad eithee. Would and staples look great. The only thing that is bugging me is the Phantom foot itching in various spots and not getting much physical activity. Just...