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27 September 2017 - 4:17 pm
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OMD that Bender is a cutie! Love the porch picture: MINE!

I have nothing constructive to contribute/suggest regarding poor Bender's pain - I can't even imagine what you're going through. It does sound like your vet(s) are awesome and I'm keeping my paws crossed they figure something out really, really, really soon.

Meanwhile, I'm sending you both tons of pawsitive thoughts and energy. Did you say your wedding is coming up? man alive, nothing like doing everything at once.

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Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.

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27 September 2017 - 9:45 pm
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Could you maybe take a video of Bender when he's in pain?  I think that when Ollie's parents did that we all got a much clearer picture of what was happening with him (unfortunately), but we were all better able to chime in with what we thought the problem was.  It also helped the doctors figure it out.

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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28 September 2017 - 7:19 am
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I have some videos but they are too large to upload. He has exhibited the same pain at the clinic prior to his CRI. 

He sleeps comfortably through the night but seems to have pain in the morning. 

I hope we are turning a corner and the pain starts to dissipate. 

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28 September 2017 - 8:48 am
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Bender said
I have some videos but they are too large to upload...

FYI: The easiest way to share videos is to upload them to Youtube (or Vimeo) first. Then all you have to do is paste the share link in your post and it will auto-embed.

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28 September 2017 - 7:11 pm
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Managed to get a clip of the screaming. Keep in mind this is mild compared to the screaming prior to his CRI treatment (he was screaming for hours on end). 

We are going to try adjusting his Pregabalin dose before taking next steps. 

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Oh Bender, you are breaking my heart over here!!   I knew this was going to be tough to watch, and it was.  To know that is him "getting better".....it must have been unbearably  gutwrenching to see uim worse than this!!

Okay, there is "some" improvement".  He seems to sleep comfortably at night.  The mornings he's miserable.  So maybe adjusting the Pregabalin, the amount, the times given...maybe thst will help.  Don't know how long it takes for that drug to do its job.

Okay, so his is, for lack  of a better term, jumbled nerve endings.  Unlike Ollie's case, surgery cannot be done to "correct" the problem because of the actual location of the nerve endings being in a risky place to operate, right?   Something like that?

And apologies in advance for throwing out what are probably pretty stupid suggestions.  Is it possible to inject some type of numbong nerve blocking agent?  I think they last about 24'hrs in humans and humans can get them more than once.  

Have the Vets indicated that, with time, this would get better on its own once nerve endings die off, or whatever??   If that's the case, then it's a matter of figuring out how to get that pain managed in the meantime.

I certainly don't know any of the side effects of the drugs he's taking, but is it possible that they make him vocalize this?  I know the oatch can make them very vocal in  weird ways.  

Again, just throwing crazy stuff out there!

NURSE DONNA (Murphys's mom, may have some input)

And ya know what, even in pain Vender has one of the most adorable mugs on the Planet!!

Sending love and pawsitive energy for healing

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28 September 2017 - 7:56 pm
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Thanks for the reply.

A second surgery would be risky because of the nerve location. Plus it is not guaranteed to work.

They did give him lidocaine during the 72 hour CRI. It has to be given via IV and can't be injected into the area after the surgery. 

At this point, we are stumped and grasping for straws. To top it all off the incision opened and required restitching. 

I really hope he isn't suffering needlessly. I can't imagine this not working out for him after going through all of this.

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28 September 2017 - 8:14 pm
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And needed restirching in top off everything else??? Geez Bender!!    Come on sweet boy!  We need you back on your porch!!

Okay, he was home for five days and recovering nicely, and then all this started.

When did he have the restitching?   Did this start after the restitch?  Any of this related to that??

This IS going to work out for him!!!!   Yiu are going through an awful time.  On top of everything else you are absolutely emotionally and physically exhausted.

How about in other areas?  Is Bender eating okay?  I know he was having mobility issues hesterday. Any better?

I did go ahead and post a link to Bender's post to your Volunteer Vet.  Hopefully she'll see it soon and maybe have some input.

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29 September 2017 - 4:32 am
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He gets around okay but hasn't been eating great. 

This all started before the amputation. It was worse before the limb was removed but the pain is lingering.

He is really having a hard time.

It kills me to sit with him while he crys and I can't do anything.

I wish he could talk. 

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Wow I'm so sorry. Poor guy, I'm sorry you're going through this.

When you say "we are stumped" do you mean you, or you and the vet team? Has the vet team seen this clip yet? I'm glad you figured out how to upload it, thanks.

As hard as it is, try not to get too discouraged. I know it's easy for me to say but I gotta, cause I know you can do it. You have a terrific group of vets who can figure this out, I don't doubt that for a second. Yes, it's difficult to watch our animals trying to tell us where and why they hurt, but if Bender is otherwise getting around, eating and eliminating and all that, there's no reason why the pain can't be figured out and dealt with. 

Has he seen a rehab therapist yet?

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29 September 2017 - 9:58 am
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Same kind of pain BEFORE the limb removal, and now still same in varying degrees??'

I did post ocer in Ask The Vet.

Hop ver when you can.  You'll see her response.  You can kind of layout everything.   The fact that this was going on vefore the amp to some degree maybe will give her a clue.  

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I KNOW you already are, but give him ANY food....junk food....treats....cheese pizza...steaks.....anything that sweet voy will eat.

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29 September 2017 - 5:31 pm
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Thanks Sally.

Jerry, thanks for the encouragement. Bender gets around okay on three legs as he was only using three for about a month before the amputation. He hasn't ate well the last few days but I solved that by mixing some wet food with the dry kibble. 

He hasn't gone number two in a few days but I think that is from not eating well.

He is now taking pregabalin 75mg every 8 hours. Let's hope that helps keep the pain at bay. 

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Quick update on Mr. Bender. 

I am happy to announce that he is doing really well and no longer experiencing pain episodes. 

Bender is getting around great on three legs with little to no support. I do help him with stairs but otherwise he runs full speed on his own. 

The incision has fully healed and looks great. Plus, the medications have been weaned down to a minimum. 

Here are some pictures of him being a happy bulldog:

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Oh my dog thank you for sharing this terrific news! I've been behind on my blog reading so didn't see your 10/18 post with the latest changes. This is WONDERFUL! 

So what do you think was the clincher that helped him get a hoppy life back? 

Congratulations and a big pat on the back to you for not giving up. I'm sure it seemed hopeless at times, but you didn't waver and wow look at the results. WHHHHEEEEE!!!!clap

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BEST NEWS EVVVVER!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂    SOOOOOP HAPPY FOR THIS PRECIOUS BENDER!!! 🙂 🙂   

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