There’s a common type of pain that we call dysesthetic sensation, or you may hear a term neuropathic pain or nerve pain, which, people have compared to, like, phantom sensations in people who have lost their limbs because of amputations. While the reasons for them may be different, the underlying mechanisms for it may in fact have some similarities. There is some belief that the reason for those unusual sensations may be because of signals that are generated up in the brain. Now normally there are unconscious signals, sort of what.
We can call feedback signals, that go back and forth between different parts of our body and the brain. And there is a belief, a theory, that after a spinal cord injury, because those signals from that part of the body back to the brain are now blocked, and after a period of time the brain starts to create signals of its own to make up for the lack of signals that are coming from the body. The reason with think that may be taking place is that many of the medications that are used to help manage this neuropathic pain we know work.