Post-amputation pain and dream representation of body
With amputation comes a change in body image and perception of phantom limb, both painful and none painful. In non-amputees, level of well-being often manifests in dream content.
The surveyed population showed high dream recall, with higher dream frequency in those suffering; non-painful phantom sensation, telescopic distortions or residual limb pain. Generally phantom sensation with no pain showed no significant association with dream categorisation.
Some trends were seen, for example the longer since the amputation the less frequently dreams involved an intact body representation. Also, the presence of phantom limb or residual limb pain correlated with high recall of impaired body representation in dreams.
The conclusions drawn indicate that body representation in dream is multidimensional and cannot be purely from an innate body model, it is not clear however if the recall is influenced by the waking state or if the dreams themselves are influenced by condition of the individual.
> From: Bekrater-Bodmann et al., PLoS One 10 (2015) e0119552. All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the Pubmed summary.