That mondo-drugs do nothing for phantom pain, no matter which body part is gone. Now in my case, it is my breasts that are gone, gone with the cancer, about three years ago. But my nipples think they are still there! No one gave them the message. In my case, it feels like electrified clamps are, well, clamped, right THERE. Nothing helps. In the early days, I too tried medications. I tried massage. I tried heat, I tried cold. I tried pressure. I tried the complete opposite of pressure. Nothing helps, nothing at all. It doesn't happen as often as it used to, but it still happens (like the real fun half hour I spent just last night).
At least I don't have to walk on mine... but that sure conjures up a funny image. yeah, imagine a tire on a car, slowly losing air...no wait, don't imagine that.
I suspect and pray that the research that is sure to follow the new numbers of amputees will turn something up. I just hope it isn't just another prescription for Elavil (tried it, didn't work) and we all know that narcotics just leave you in a still electrified haze. I just got home from Walmart with my script for amitriptyline (Elavil). However, I must say I was never given THAT for for phantom pain. It helps keep me from contemplating life from the top of an Edmonds "viewpoint." I'm really willing to be wrong on the 'Elavil doesn't work' thing. What if it DID work for phantom pain! Wouldn't that be something? All I ask, however is that amitriptyline (for you) and cymbalta (for me) keep us at sea level where we can't do anything rash. Or get a rash. Neither of us needs to deal with that either, lol. Here, have a tomato, my dear. Hmmmm. Once, I bought a flat of tomatoes and I ate so many of them that I broke out into a rash, all over my body. I had no idea that could happen...I've been more careful since then.
The horror these young people have gone through is bad enough, we really must figure out what to do with the phantom pains that will remind them with every shock. If it happens to ease the pains of two aging lady amputees, well that's just gravy. Absolutely! That fits in the "leave this place a little bit better in every thing we do" mantra that I am striving to live. So now we need to think about this...and not forget it.
Btw, Ramona says "Hi Nancy! How your horse?" Tell Ramona "Hi Ramona. Windy says Hi too."
Thanks, S2. I hope you didn't mind the added commentary. I've missed you!!
I never mind the commentary! I've missed you too.