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Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (986)

…. We got another prescription for gabapentin, and gave it to him regularly for a few weeks. After that we dropped the dose a bit at a time, and the phantom limb pain went away.

The best way to describe it, is that he would be in the middle of doing something, say playing with one of his new brothers or walking

15 November 2020 8:03 am
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…Alissa, Good luck to Amber.  My cat Gizmo is also recovering from surgery Day 9 post op.  Thanks for the questions I was also just wondering about phantom limb pain. I was just watching him I think try and scratch his ear with the leg thats missing.  His side was going and the he kept tilting his head. I…

…scratched it for him but was also wondering about phantom limb pain or was he just forgetting its gone.  Hope Amber feels better soon.



14 November 2020 9:40 am
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…you Jerry for this response! It is super helpful! It appears she has not experienced any phantom limb pain yet!

13 November 2020 8:57 pm
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…? That would be such a huge help to control her pain levels.

3. Having an amputee pet is completely new for me. Where can I find more info on phantom limb pain? How do I know if she is experiencing phantom limb pain?

Fear not, most of us were in the same boat. If you click on phantom leg pain

13 November 2020 5:15 pm
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…I be looking for in terms of signs of pain or discomfort?

3. Having an amputee pet is completely new for me. Where can I find more info on phantom limb pain? How do I know if she is experiencing phantom limb pain?

4. Amber is a little overweight. She is currently about 12 pounds and should ideally

13 November 2020 1:38 pm
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…one thing I worry about though is Phantom pain.  My Mom's dad was an amputee and she has told me stories my entire life about how he suffered from phantom limb pain.  How common is it with the Tripawds?  Is it manageable?


…up like she got a shock, sometimes she turns and looks at the area like something is stabbing her.  When it would first happen I thought it might be phantom limb pain, but I don't think so now.  It's hard to find the right balance of enough exercise without overdoing.  This is why we spend a lot of time on food

…did not bother me because as a new amputee they need lots of sleep and rest. After several doses he was much less groggy and it did help him with phantom limb pain. I was able to wean him off after about 3 weeks. 

If Leyla's remaining front paw has edema (swelling), you should contact her doctor. We have

18 October 2020 8:59 am
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…Grayson is having issues.  And yes, it definitely  sounds like phantom limb pain.  Obviously  we are.not Vets so a Bet can best determine the cause.  Perhaps you can video the episodes and send.

Gabapentin is proven to be

…sign, now that the hospital meds are out of the system.

It did sound like she may be experiencing  some phantom pain
.  Check out the link to phantom limb pain.

Contnue to assist her to help her stand.  For now, maybe bring her food bowl and water to her rather than ask her to get up.  Let her save that

16 October 2020 10:00 am
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…that it's not commonly used in veterinary medicine in the States. Thanks for looking it up!

About her pain: see if your vet will read about this phantom limb pain study by an Italian researcher.

15 October 2020 6:57 pm
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…and stress free energy.  Kip needs that type of reassuring  energy to help him heal.

Sounds like he's resting well.  What did your Vet say about phantom limb pain as opposed to "panic attacks"?

Hang in there!  You've got this!!!


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

6 October 2020 3:02 pm
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…also check out links on phantom limb pain.  The brain is still send oit signals to nerve endings  that no longer have a let to go to.  A dog will helps suddenly  and act as if he's trying 

3 October 2020 6:56 pm
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…. This is perfect!! Exactly how I have done it

No stump banging Ziggy! But it sounds like he is getting around just wonderfully   I am glad the phantom limb pain, or whatever pain it was is gone. Hard to tell if it was ouchy from the infection or the phantom limb but it is gone! Is he still on gabapentin? 

20 September 2020 7:26 am
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…alligator jaws" trying to clamp his mouth shut between syringes. 

One other interesting thing I've noticed - the episodes of what we thought were phantom limb pain have stopped entirely, or at least they have so far. By this point in his last recovery he'd already had several, that was one of the first things

20 September 2020 6:32 am
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…reduces nerve pain and helps prevent phantom pain in cats and dogs.
Amitriptyline is another drug for both species that can help reduce phantom limb pain, as well as anxiety.
Amantadine is also shown to be an effective pain reducer.


Cats like Leo deserve quality pain control

Dog and

16 September 2020 3:30 am
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…with me. 

Last night was difficult she began to wake up go to move and whine and freeze. She has done this a few times today. (Vet said not Phantom limb pain, just simply she’s woken up from a deep sleep and forgot her limb isn’t there). 

So today; she’s hardly moved and went outside for a toilet break

11 September 2020 6:04 pm
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…bone so he would be at high risk of pressure sores.

Incidentally I think that may also be what's causing a lot of those fits that we assumed were phantom limb pain. We kind of suspect that there are times when he's playing and lands wrong, or his brother kicks or bites him or he hops down from a low perch.

11 September 2020 2:44 pm
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…noticed a difference. She was in my face and anxious throughout the night but then perfectly fine once it was daylight. 

Her vet discussed both phantom limb pain and also a possibility of some sundowners going on. Lana would get up and walk around some at night in our bedroom before all of this but she wouldn

…of his healing process.

The happy news? Ziggy is adjusting absolutely beautifully. He's had a couple more episodes of what we guessed might be phantom limb pain and oddly he's a lot more prone to growling when he gets scared, but we figure that's because he knows he's not 100% and also possibly due to the

22 August 2020 8:11 am
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…may be phantom limb pain.  Keep an eye and if it continues call her doc. She may need medication adjustment,  ok?

Everything else still good?

18 August 2020 4:14 pm
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…us at some point. By the way- hello and a very late welcome .

It sounds to me like Keira is showing some pain signs, and the yelping sounds like phantom limb pain.  At 5 weeks out the pain from surgery is usually gone, including phantom pain
, but we do see here in older pups that they need pain management

…meds or supplements for her arthritis? 

If she isn't taking gabapentin right now it might be helpful, it works on nerve pain which is what causes phantom limb pain.  You can discuss with your vet. 

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

15 August 2020 10:21 am
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…reach through this monitor and give you a bear hug! Seriously, my heart goes out to you. So the limb goes, and the Gabapentin is to help them with phantom limb pain. It is usually temporary and the gaba helps a great deal. Some deal more than others, its a crap shot as to if this will be an issue but one good

12 August 2020 4:00 pm
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…. Almost every time he walks, he does a little dance and starts freaking out looking behind him to the amputation spot. We’re not sure if he has phantom limb pains, his hind leg is cramping, or he has anxiety over walking. 

He also won’t eat his dog food for us. The vet recommended baby food or some wet dog

11 July 2020 5:10 pm
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…. It's so heart breaking and they are so intense. I spoke to a friend of mine who had his own leg amputated to gain some insight.  He said that yes phantom limb pain is real and can be intermittent but it seems to decrease as time goes on. He said in the first few months, they're were "weird" sensations.  They

2 July 2020 4:06 pm
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…add that to the list of 200 questions.  Please make sure he has enough meds to last about 2 weeks.  Gabapentin works well and it helps to control phantom limb pain.  You may or may not need that much for pain meds,  and you may need more.  This is where it becomes very individualized but it sounds like your

27 June 2020 7:57 pm
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…out of concern for kidney damage.  She's getting Gabapentin twice a day.  She doesn't seem necessarily painful, although we wonder about nerve or phantom limb pain when she gets spooked for no apparent reason.  Her attitude doesn't really seem depressed she just is very wary of being out from her corner She is

28 May 2020 10:33 am
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….  The stitches/staples could be pulling or poking too.

How much does she weigh and what is the dose amount, the frequency?

Also, check out phantom limb pain.  I think you'll find her behavior similar.   It comes on quickly and the dog will yelp and try to move away from the pain.  It usually lasts at

17 May 2020 10:43 am
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…in any pain when these episodes occur - just startled and then able to settle quickly.  I reached out to his surgeon who said it doesn't sound like phantom limb pain, but it is hard to tell since our pups can't speak to us.  I am trying to track the episodes now to see if I can pinpoint a particular time of day

10 May 2020 12:30 pm
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…amp site. 

You might try a little massage around his neck and shoulders when it happens.

I read somewhere (although I can't find it now) that phantom limb pain can happen for years although that might be in people- so I've always wondered if Elly still gets jabs of pain now and then.  It could happen while

9 May 2020 2:32 pm
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