Phantom pain, sometimes also referred to as ghost pain, is a type of pain that seems to originate from a part of a limb or an organ that is no longer part of the body. Some patients who had a leg or arm amputated say they can still feel pain in the limb even though that limb that is gone. This type of pain is most common in arms and legs; however, some patients say they feel it in other body parts removed as well including breasts. For some the pain goes away eventually, for others it can be long-lasting and severe.
Since the causes for phantom pain are not exactly known, there are not specific drugs to treat the condition. Some antidepressant or antiepileptics have been shown to have a beneficial effect on reducing phantom pain. If you suffer from phantom pain, talk to your health care provider.