Hi fellow pain sufferers, fourteen years ago when I was 62 I "caught" necrotizing fasciitis" better known as the 'flesh eating disease'. I am happy to be alive but I lost an arm and have had pain in that missing arm all these years. It is controlled by opioids. I sure wish I didn't have to take them but have tried other pain techniques but so far haven't found any relief. I don't feel like an abuser because my pain meds are prescribed but I am addicted in the sense that I wouldn't be able to live without them. On a couple of occasions my pain has gotten out of control and then I have shooting pains like electricity running through my arm at a high voltage. It sometimes has taken 2 days to get it back under control so I try very hard not to have that happen. I would like to hear what other phantom pain sufferers have experienced. I know every amputee doesn't have this happen to them. I asked my pain doctor and he said no one knows why that is.