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Is phantom limb pain serious?

While phantom limb pain can be severe, it is not life-threatening. Most people who experience phantom limb pain directly after amputation surgery find that their pain goes away, often gradually, and it may take a year or more. When people experience long-term pain, it can be troublesome and interfere with quality of life, but with diligent treatment and support from friends and medical professionals, the pain can be manageable.

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