feenix2 at bellsouth.net
Thu Apr 26 21:07:18 PDT 2001
There is no confusion in my mind. I was responding to the part of Alyce's post
which Maureen quoted. I have no idea how you ladies are doing.....I was
responding to an amputee expressing her anguish. If SHE doesn't like what I
have said, well I'm sorry but that would be my way of approaching her
> > Since you no doubt think your amputation is the most god-awful thing that
> > could happen, that it has destroyed your sanity and life as well as your
> > ability to get a good night's sleep....here is a suggestion:
> > BACK OFF, UNLOAD THE WHOLE THING EMOTIONALLY. Come to realize that only a
> > part of what you felt after the leg came off was pain but that the larger
> > truth is that you felt a whole lot of very UNUSUAL sensations...only part
> > of
> > which was pain. And I am willing to bet that after two years any
> > physiological source of pain has healed. If you begin to think of and
> > accept
> > your stump as just as friendly a part of your body as any other you will
> > nearly home free. Many of the unusual sensations will remain with you and
> > when you stop catastrophizing about them they will be less disturbing.
> > Even
> > the electric shock type things are quite acceptable....god they only last
> > fraction of a second! Give it up and get friendly with yourself again.
> > GB.
> > Maureen wrote:
> > > > Not pain like before amputation (gangrene) but godawful pain
> > nonetheless.
> > > > Is
> > > > this phantom pain, and is it normal to hurt for this long after
> > surgery?
> > > > How
> > > > long should I expect to go thru this? I'm not sleeping at night nor am
> > I
> > > > eating, so miserable.
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