Treatment of a fictitious pregnancy The use of an ultrasound or other imaging instrument to prove that there is no foetus growing is the most successful therapy for a phantom pregnancy. A phantom pregnancy is frequently a symptom of an underlying psychiatric problem, such as severe depression. The doctor will need to determine whether psychological treatment is sufficient, or if you should also be treated with medication.
Among the medications used to alleviate phantom pain are:
Some people may benefit from the following approaches to alleviate phantom pain:
Without therapy, some people's phantom pain improves with time. Managing phantom pain might be difficult for some. You and your doctor can collaborate to successfully manage phantom pain with medication or other therapy.
A phantom feeling is something we experience that isn't actually happening. Creepy crawlies, which feel like bugs on our skin, are a prime example. I frequently get an extremely cold leak on my thigh that feels like water or wax cascading onto my leg. When I ask someone what's wrong, they say they don't know.
Having a phantom sensation is very similar to having a pain but not enough information is sent from the nerve that is causing the problem to the brain. So even though you aren't actually experiencing pain, you still feel it.
Have you ever had a hot flash and thought you were sweating but wasn't? That's a phantom sweat bursting out of you! Have you ever felt like somebody was watching you before they walked into a room? That's also a phantom sensation. Even if there isn't really anybody there, your brain makes up for it by filling in the blanks.
Phantoms can be good or bad. They may tell you that something scary is about to happen. For example, you might have a phantom sensation in your leg and think that you're about to lose control of it. This could be dangerous if you were driving a car. On the other hand, phantoms may help you avoid danger.
There are two primary approaches to treating pelvic floor muscle spasms. For starters, physical therapy performed by a competent professional can be effective over a lengthy period of time. Internal vaginal manipulation, a well-designed home exercise regimen, vaginal dilators, and a biofeedback program will be part of this physical treatment. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct underlying problems such as infection or nerve damage.
Your doctor may recommend medication if the spasms occur frequently or are causing pain. Antispasmodics are drugs that reduce the frequency of contractions of the muscles surrounding the uterus. They may be used alone or in combination with other medications. Examples include dicyclomine (Cystospaz), mebeverine, and promethazine (Phenergan).
Benzodiazepines are sedative-hypnotic medications that produce calming effects. They are used to treat anxiety disorders and insomnia. These medications can also reduce muscle tone and help people fall asleep. However, they can also cause people to feel dizzy when getting up after sitting for a long time and may be habit forming. Examples include alprazolam (Xanax) and clonazepam (Klonopin).
Neuromuscular blockers are medications that relax all of the muscles of the body, including those of the bladder, stomach, and intestines.