July 22, 2015
Phantom: something having the form but not the substance of a real thing. It is common for someone who has had a limb amputated to experience ‘phantom pain’. What this means is that the body is so used to having that limb attached to the body, that when it is removed, the body has trouble convincing itself that it’s no longer there (or more specifically, is tricked into believing that it’s still there). So the person will feel pain (or perceive pain) in an area of their body that doesn’t exist anymore.