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According to a study titled Benchmarking Residual Limb Pain and Phantom Limb Pain in Amputees through a Patient-reported Outcomes Survey shares that
“more than 75% of major limb amputees experience chronic pain, which can lead to prosthesis intolerance, depression, and opioid use.”
“Because the doctors at Walter Reed, deal with amputees and people that have amputations and traumatic compound injuries daily, if I say ‘I have phantom limb pain’ to a doctor or medical staff at Walter Reed not only do they know what I’m talking about, they have a very large wide base of people that have experienced things and different methods that they’re looking into to help out with that. Unfortunately, my experiences outside of Walter Reed have varied greatly. I even had an orthopedic doctor who said it was in my head. After asking to get referred to the pain clinic I was immediately met with openness. And these two people were 100yards away from each other in the same hospital.
I realize that part of this is being a good advocate for yourself, but I will say this to anyone going through the same thing, there IS a doctor who will listen to your problems.”
Since this experience, Carey has come across numerous other amputees who have had a similar experience and each and every time he encourages them to speak up and find someone who will listen and help. He advises to:
If these things do not line up, speak up.