The article presents subjective and personal experiences of life with phantom pain.

By discussing material from a Ph.D. study of men with phantom pain after traumatic accidents the article reveals the close relationship between pain and suffering.

Phantom pain has a profound impact on a person’s life. Their relationship to others and their feeling of being-in-the-world are altered dramatically through the pain experience.

Phantom pain seems to anchor the body; which means that pain provides body, or has body itself. The pain becomes a reminder of the former whole, functioning body. The ambiguity between the past and present body is a disturbing experience that is difficult to comprehend. The phantom pain is also expressed through a language that is metaphorical. The metaphors are visual and give a precise description of the pain, but they are also very violent and reveal an experience of immense suffering.