A Trip Through The Looking Glass to Eradicate Phantom Pain
July 16, 2014 2:55 PM Subscribe
The Mirror Man
posted by Michele in California (15 comments total)
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Surgery and medication have been found to be only slightly or not at all effective when dealing with phantom pain... In 2008, Stephen ... had a particularly agonising bout of phantom pain. “I was not presentable for 72 hours,” he says. He was aware of mirror therapy from having looked online for treatments, and he decided to give it a try. He got into his truck and drove two-and-a-half hours to the nearest Home Depot to buy a mirror. He tried it right there in the parking lot, and in five minutes the pain was gone.
The article is mostly about his current work in helping other amputees resolve the pain they typically live with.
Interestingly, there was a movie made about his life. It is in German (thus the German title: Phantomschmerz). I managed to find a couple of clips:
Clip with English subtitles