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How is phantom limb pain diagnosed?

There are no specific tests for a doctor to perform to diagnose phantom limb pain. Identifying phantom limb pain requires that a physician focus on both your medical history and your description of symptoms. In order to select proper treatment for phantom pain, it's important for your doctor to differentiate phantom limb pain from stump pain. This process can be challenging. Giving your doctor an accurate description of pain symptoms could be crucial in distinguishing between the two conditions because it could affect the physician's treatment decisions.

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