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Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (1020)

…to use the leg that was no longer there. It hasn't happened again thankfully, she seems to be adjusting well. Really hope she doesn't run into phantom limb pain down the road

1 June 2019 12:58 pm
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…her leg that is no longer there? IF so yes, that will happen for a while if that is what you are describing. I want to make sure she is not having phantom limb pain.

We got the pathology report back on the leg on the 6th day. I would also call tomorrow that will be 2 weeks it should be back by now, or they

12 May 2019 1:31 pm
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…does sound like phantom limb pain from what I've seen here.  And gaba is the 'go to' med for that.  Her stitches could also be pulling a bit. 

I did a blog search on Phantom and

15 April 2019 11:45 am
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…she was sitting or laying down in her bed.  None of these times did she appear to move or do anything that would naturally cause pain.  Could it be phantom limb pain?  What are other signs of phantom limb pain, and should we continue to manage that with Gabapentin?  Is there anything else these yelps could

15 April 2019 11:32 am
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…to lab work as prescribed, he should be fine if he has to take meds long term.

Did you mention these episodes to the acupuncturist? Oftentimes phantom limb pain can be resolved with dry needle acupuncture, along with regular pain management
medications.  I would definitely talk to them about his episodes so

24 February 2019 1:58 pm
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…it's likely not his normal seizure. Remember we cut bone, nerves, and muscles. If the nightmares/seizures continue and they are different it can be phantom limb pain and NOT uncommon in our amputees. If he is hissing and scratching that is a pain indicator.

Yep, poop will take time if by chance you have

…? Even though you are using the gabapentin, there is a range of dosage that your vet can "tweak" and what you are describing sounds like possible phantom limb pain. I am not a vet.. but it is something to consider. 

I would definitely ask if either the dosage OR the timing of the medicine might need

29 January 2019 6:12 pm
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…? Even though you are using the gabapentin, there is a range of dosage that your vet can "tweak" and what you are describing sounds like possible phantom limb pain. I am not a vet.. but it is something to consider. 

I would definitely ask if either the dosage OR the timing of the medicine might need

29 January 2019 4:44 pm
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…to the amputation site, usually followed or accompanied by jumping, excessive grooming, and possible yelping, then you should ask for gabapentin. Phantom limb pain is very common right after surgery. We had to extend his gabapentin for a couple of weeks and after that he was ok. Every animal is different, and

23 January 2019 4:38 pm
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…sounds like the doxy is making a dent. Less straining = more comfort. That's wonderful!! 

Gabapentin does give relief. It's a great drug for phantom limb pain, and in humans (like my mom) it's a life saver. Some dogs stay on it intermittently for long term use, and for relief with aches and pains. My

20 January 2019 6:21 pm
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…not. Nsaid, gabapentin, and pain meds are what he should be coming home with this time. Please insist on it. The gabapentin is the go to drug for phantom limb pain. He needs to be on these medicines at least until suture removal, maybe even a little longer. 

The hard thing now with breakthrough pain is

18 January 2019 4:14 am
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…as whatever anesthesia and pain meds he may have been given at the time of surgery will be out of his system soon. Gabapentin is a great drug for phantom limb pain and it is definitely a great medication to have along with the NSAID, but he might need something stronger as well for a couple of weeks. 

If you

…and welcome!

Yelping randomly like he's had a shot of pain may be phantom limb pain. Lots of furbabies get along fine with a few weeks of pain management
including gabapentin for a few weeks post surgery, but some continue on with…

…in my face barking like a wild man, lol.

He may be trying to talk to you. I would strongly recommend taking to his vet about the possibilities of phantom limb pain and see if they can give you some meds to see how/ if he reacts to it. I am not a vet. But it couldn't hurt. When you see sudden signs like that

7 January 2019 8:17 pm
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…your journey. Pain medication is a must. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Huck had antibiotics, buprenofren, and gabapentin which helps for phantom limb pain. Please make sure you have enough for a couple of weeks.

I am sorry that you are here for the reasons that you found us, but I am glad that you

…you giving him the gabapentin religiously? The gabapentin is the go to drug for phantom limb pain. There is a scale for use that your vet can give you guidance on. If you are giving it to him regularly and still having this issue please call

24 December 2018 1:14 pm
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…pick him up and comfort him and it seems to pass quickly but it is disturbing to see. I am hoping it is just his nerves from surgery and not phantom limb pain. I called the vet and they said sounds normal, but it definitely hasn’t been this twitchy until tonight. Hopefully it passes soon, im considering

23 December 2018 7:51 pm
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…recovery since the first post.  My Daphne is about 9 years old and we went through left forelimb amputation this past May.  She had excruciating phantom limb pain for at least 2.5 weeks and then still would have random pains for several months.  She doesn't scream or whine like she used to but she will

…you can just give it to him asap. We did every 8,10,11 to every 12 hours. Ok on the Gaba hope it helps with the back issues and it will ward off phantom limb pain! Will keep fingers crossed for no pred needed! 

Scratches to Sky, please!

…could settle down, and it may continue for life. IF it becomes more and, Sky reacts then it is different, and that is what the Gabapentin is for phantom limb pain (nerve pain)

If ever in doubt call Dr. Louise ok.

I do hope today is a better day for you and Sky the furmily!

…cat.  We did buprenorphine and gabapentin.  I even started the gabapentin the day before the surgery because I read that it may help prevent phantom limb pain this way.  She has had no evidence of ongoing pain after the initial recovery period.  We both slept in a spare room with a twin mattress on the

…to hear on your Vet has this !! That has to be comforting.

I would highly suggest the Gabapentin for Sky rear leg kitties have more issue with phantom limb pain that we have seen here. Better to have him on it then have to add it when needed. Just my opinion! Your Vet will know best.

Every kitty is

…broke down. She's very uncomfortable at the moment and a bit restless. Tramadol is helping but we're not sure if it's just the wound healing or phantom limb pain as the hip is twitching on the amputation side. Vet says persevere the weekend ( we have pain meds) then follow up Monday. She wants to move so

20 September 2018 5:21 am
Topic: Worried
Posts: 31
Views: 1689

…!  Sorry yesterday was so rough.

I'm disappointed they didn't prescribe Gabapentin; it works miracles for phantom limb pain after an amputation.  You might inquire about it.  I'm also with Sally here, 12 hours between Tramadol doses is a long time, and you don't want the

15 September 2018 1:46 pm
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…osteo pain was breaking through.  We found Gabapentin to be a miracle drug, and attribute its nerve blocking properties to Casey never experiencing phantom limb pain.

5 September 2018 8:51 am
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…. Thanks for rescuing the dear soul! (love his name)

How long was Lego on pain meds after his amp? Was he just on the Buprenex? Sounds like phantom limb pain to me in my (not a vet) opinion. We have had several members report the same issues and most resolve with meds.

Did you restart the Gabapentin…

…. That's not to say the Fluoxetine isn't helping I have no experience with Fluoxetine.

A lot of vets are not up on current pain protocols and phantom limb pain. You are not out of options try the Gaba again and depending on if you can afford a second opinion with a pain specialist, acupuncture /rehab vet.

Hang in there I know how hard it is to see our animals suffer Purrkins had a very late onset of phantom limb pain he would aggressively attack, bite and lick where his arm was episodes would last a few minutes it appeared to come out of nowhere. We take Purrkins

2 September 2018 9:43 am
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Views: 1039

…are people here from all over the world. I am from the US, most pets go home with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, pain meds, and gabapentin for phantom limb pain here. Watch for signs of phantom limb pain. You may see him suddenly stop what he's doing, turn to the surgical area and cry or jump suddenly out

31 August 2018 9:29 pm
Topic: Murphy
Posts: 33
Views: 1495

…/ g shep mix. I had to take him to the Emergecy vet Monday night because his wound was getting infected, he's now on two antibiotics. Also had some phantom limb pain which was the worst pain I've ever seen him in... he also has seromas forming the vet said. I have to do warm cold compresses but it's hard

8 August 2018 9:58 pm
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Views: 1440

…opiates, but this is major surgery and early pain management
is crucial.  FWIW, Gabapentin seems to be a true miracle drug for amputation and phantom limb pain management

18 July 2018 8:22 am
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Views: 1277


Atlas's surgeon will not give him the gabapentin because he doesn't believe dogs get phantom limb pain.

Dr. Pam is correct, there are no official studies that prove it. But over the last 10 years we have seen many members' animals go through…

… We tend to see it happen more in animals who have had poor pain management
from the beginning. Not always, but often.

Here is a newly published phantom limb pain study by a European veterinarian who reached out to us on this subject. Feel free to give a copy to your vet.

New Phantom Pain in Dogs Study

10 July 2018 12:18 pm
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Views: 3936

…really seems like this guy is behind the times.  There is really no proof that dogs get phantom limb pain  because we can't ask them but many vets are using it as a means to control even arthritis pain.  I would ask your regular vet or even the

10 July 2018 8:30 am
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Views: 3936
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