January 11, 2018 08:53 AM
Weeks after having a part of his left leg amputated, KSTP Anchor Chris Egert said the most frustrating part of the recovery process is phantom and residual pain.
"My phantom pain has been pretty simple and painless, a few cold days shortly after my amputation, it felt like my big toe had been out in the snow. I obviously don't have a big toe anymore, so why in the world should it feel cold," Egert posted on Facebook. "The short answer is, because your nerves were cut off during the amputation, and it takes a while for your brain to figure out what's happened."
Egert said phantom pain can last for years.
While Egert says his phantom pain has been minor, residual pain is "one thing about this process that has frustrated me." Egert said residual pain is a nerve issue that occurs in the remaining part of the limb.
"It's feels like someone took two 9-volt batteries and wired them into the insides of my left leg," he said in the post. "It's nonstop."
Egert said he plans to investigate ways to treat residual pain and will "remain hopeful that it's just one phase that will occur in this process."
Updated: January 11, 2018 08:53 AM
Created: January 10, 2018 06:10 PM
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