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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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Pain After Amputation

It has been three weeks since my amputation. My stump feels tingly and burns like when you fall and get all scraped up. I don't feel like I need pain meds just want to know how others felt at this point.
Tina

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Brandi24
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For a while after my surgery my leg and stump felt like pins and needles like it was falling asleep.I had a cast and thought it might be to tight the doc said it would go away eventually( he didnt want to remove the cast) and it finally went away.
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Brandi I am glad to have come this far and the kind of pain I have been having doesn't drive me to want pain killers other than
Excedrin. It doesn't take away all of the pain but it helps take the edge off.
Tina
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I only have pin and needles on 1 or four sides to my stump now
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That's bearable isn't it? I hope my pain and phantum leg and foot pain go down a few notices. I am at about a 6 and would love to get down to a 4.
Tina
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bearable YES!!! mine about a 1 -2 .... from a 10! hang in there!
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Have you tried gently massaging the end of your stump Tina? If you can then try getting a little more aggressive with the massage. I was never in any real big pain, but when the pain started I would start massaging it to relieve the pain. My doctor didn't come around that often but the head physical therapist told me to massage the scar tissue as much and as long as possible to stop the scar tissue from building up in size internally. He said the smaller I kept the scar tissue from building up, the easier it would be walk with the prosthetic later.

Part of it too is that I was in a coma for weeks during and after the amputation, which makes it bitter/sweet! I probably missed out on most of the pain, but the coma is what led to the amputation. lol
But I do know the pain I did have was alleviated with the massage. I was massaging it as aggressive as I could stand it. Eventually I was doing it even when it didn't hurt. I still massage it a lot now a days because it does away with the phantom pains it seems like. Good Luck Tina!
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I am ashamed to admit I am afraid of my stump. I clean it and dress it daily. The last of the visual red spots along the incesion line are healing nicely. It feels unreal when I t ouch it. If I touch the front I feel it in the back of my stump. It feels like I fell and scraped my leg up. I have read about massage in a lot of the journals I got as reference material from various amputee groups. They all say what you are saying. I am afraid but I will start massaging it regularly. Thanks Jennifer for lighting a fire under me to do what I know is the right thing to do.
Tina
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I was told by all my doctors to massage it. To work scars loose and the skin from growing to the shin bone. They said it would make my prosthetic much more comfortable.
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Robin how does your prosthetic feel? I have no idea what it is going to feel like to strap on that leg. Thanks for your help Tina
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Tina, Being afraid to hurt your stump is a natural fear, but every time you massage it you'll be toughening it up a little more. What felt good for me when I first came home was to take a shower and while sitting on my bench, I have a bottle of Dawn dish soap that is soap and water, I'd squirt a bunch into my hand and start rubbing. When it's and like that it is really slippery and feels good actually. This will toughen the end of your stump up (the whole stump actually) but also soften up the scar tissue. I still keep the bottle on the edge of the tub and use it some still, mostly because it feels nice.
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How do you get into the shower? I have not figured that one out yet.
Tina
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Tina, I took two more pictures and added them to the others. They show a garage door handle at the end of my tub, screwed into the wall. I wheel up to the tub, between the bench and the wall, staying back from the tub approx 18". Lock the wheelchair and stand up on my one leg using the wheelchair armrests. Then holding onto the door handle, I rotate turn and using the handle, and the sink which is right there in reach now, I sit down on the tub bench. The end of the tub towards the handle has a 45 slope towards the middle of the tub. If I put the bench into the tub facing the spigot and water valves, it would have to sit in the middle of the tub (lengthwise) because of this slope. This would have made it next to impossible to swing my leg into the tub because the sink cabinet would be in the way. I put the bench into the tub backwards, ran an extended hose for the showerhead over to in front of the bench, and shower sitting backwards in the tub, on the bench. You can see the extended hose hanging down. The only bad thing, and it's no problem really, is to turn a little bit to reach the water valves to turn them on. When I'm done showering I dry off sitting on the bench. Swing my leg out of the tub and put my pants on as far as I can, stand up using the handle and finish putting my pants on. You just have to remember that without your weight in the wheelchair it;s not that hard to move it so be careful.

Tina, you will probably be afraid to do what I have just described, but it will come to you after some experience of "doing what you have to do". When I first started I was terrified to transfer anywhere with a transfer board. I would have told anybody that they were stupid if they would have suggested me transferring without the board. But I haven't used the board in the last year. I'd probably fall if I tried to use one now. If you put any kind of handle up, make sure it is attached to a wall stud.

I haven't ever answered you with a short simple answer yet,,sorry! lol
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I am below the knee. It feels odd and tight. But feels so much better then a walker or wheel chair. And I had to go up the steps on my butt before.
I used my cane about 3 weeks.
I never have phantom pains when my leg is on. (pins & needles)
I put my leg on first thing in the morning and keep it on till I go to bed. When I first got my leg....I took it off a few times through out the day for my limb to rest.
I feel safer using hand rail when doing steps.
My leg is uncovered now. They told me it would take about 3 or 4 hours to cover it. I do not want to be with out it that long. (so I keep postponing having it covered ).
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I started masaging my stump yesterday and it felt good. I still have phamtom all the time.
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Tina...how do you get in shower now?

ALSO, Tapping my stump helps with phamtom pains.