Residual Limb Pain

Residual Limb Pain
Sometimes referred to as ‘Phantom Limb Pain’, residual limb pain refers to pain originating in the remaining part of a limb after amputation.  Sometimes patients may experience the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached as normal and is relaying sensations of pain to the brain.  The pain associated with phantom limb can be described as burning, itching, tightness, tingling and squeezing. This pain can be agonizing to some and can have a major impact on a patient’s quality of life. Sometimes a ‘neuroma’ or a collection of nerve endings can form under the skin of a residual limb.  This “knot of nerve endings” can be extremely sensitive and painful, especially if it is pressing against a prosthetic limb.
Medical Cannabis and Residual Limb Pain
Cannabis is an excellent choice in treating the symptoms of  Residual Limb Pain.  Indica dominant strains have very strong pain reliving qualities and can also be beneficial in assisting patients sleep.  Sativa dominant strains can help with a patient’s emotional symptoms like depression and irritability.  Topical ointments and balms are highly recommended because they can be placed directly on the residual limb.  Some cannabinoids are excellent at reducing inflammation and can be useful in patients with excess scar tissue buildup.  Topicals do not produce any psychoactive effects while still being therapeutic.   Cannabis medicine has been used to treat a wide variety of painful symptoms associated with residual limb pain. Due to the fact that marijuana is used to treat pain under such diverse circumstances, cannabis appears to be a promising source of analgesic medications to relieve residual limb pain.