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…Normandy, welcome. So sorry to hear about your dog's pain issues. It sounds like phantom pain
. If so, that link has information you can check out. We have tons! 

We want to hear more, but please consider starting an all new topic so we

…is having a good day, and you too. Holly gave you terrific input. Let your vet know and keep the meds filled so you don't run out. Sometimes phantom pain
can creep up like this, even weeks after surgery. Hopefully the new medication dosing and schedule will help it go away. And also keep in…

…mind that helping to get rid of phantom pain
often takes a few different approaches like acupuncture and pain medication. Consider taking advantage of the Tripawds Foundation
Rehab Reimbursement Program, which can pay for your first rehab visit


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…the complete opposite of our second dog. The tumor was found by accident on an X-ray looking at something else. He wasn’t limping, in any obvious pain, was fully weight bearing and still his normal active self. I had the exact same fears as you’re having now and was asking myself the same questions…

…. We narrowed things down to SRT and Amputation and ultimately decided amputation based on the fact that this was the way we could keep him as pain free as possible. We felt heavily medicating would take away his quality of life more than the amputation. And honestly, the meds wouldn’t do a…

…great job with managing the pain

Zeke had his surgery on 12/22 and let me tell you what. He’s great! Day three he was running to us when we picked him up. He never needed…

…by it. He never once tried to get at his incision and things healed up nicely. He slept through the night since the night we brought him home. No phantom pain
, no crying, no whimpering, just a lot of resting for the first few days. Stitches come out today! 

This is my long winded way of saying

3 January 2022 7:45 am
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…also posted for help in the Ask the vet site here too. You can read her response. 

Insight/ advice/help needed

Gabapentin is the drug for this pain, but the dosage and timing need to be correct. What was his dosage? Was he doing well with no episodes on the Gaba 2 times a day? Sometimes a…

…multi-drug approach is needed. Acupuncture is also helpful for this type of pain

Do you have more Gaba? I would resume and call the vet today!

Also, traction
in the home would be most helpful! If he hasn't already, he…

…hard floors during one of these episodes.

If you do not get assistance, please find someone else a feline practice would know how to treat this pain. Feline Practice here in your area https://catfrie.....fessional/

& here is where to find a Pain Specialist in your area



Here is an entire series from Dr. Downing, a pain specialist.

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…2 weeks 1 doses every 12 hours then another 2 weeks with 1 dose every 24 then every other day until we got him independent. He just had a bad phantom limb pain attack as seen in this video. What can we do?

2 January 2022 2:14 pm
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Hi there

it appears koko is having a lot of phantom pain
. Anyone have a Farabloc
blanket they would like to sell?


Hey there. I put your post here so it will get more love. Just FYI, items in

22 December 2021 11:22 am
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it appears koko is having a lot of phantom pain
. Anyone have a Farabloc
blanket they would like to sell?

22 December 2021 11:09 am
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…NalaBearMom, welcome! 

Phantom pain typically happens early in recovery but that's not to say it can't happen later. Human amputees report suffering from it later on so it makes sense…

…but it needs to be addressed.

Has NalaBear ever been seen by an orthopedic vet or a rehab therapist? It sounds like she is having some unresolved pain and these folks are masters at pinpointing the cause. A good ortho vet can work with a rehab team to help you help her live a pain free life! The

5 December 2021 7:14 am
Topic: Phantom pain
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…issues with being a tripawd. She does get tired faster as she has gotten older. But I am writing because of what we have always assumed to be her phantom leg pain
. Randomly she will yelp and sometime curl her nub towards her front. It’s like someone pinched her is the best way I can describe it.

4 December 2021 9:03 pm
Topic: Phantom pain
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… acting like his old self. His surgery site is nearly fully healed and we have nearly removed the Tylenol-codine from his regimen.

His possible "phantom limb" pain seems to have quelled and his dysmorphic whining is nearly gone, having mostly turned back into his occasional happy groan (a kind of

4 December 2021 9:39 am
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…is ever prepared for this situation, and it can definitely throw us for a loop. 

The screaming is a common sign of phantom leg pain
, so yes, nerve pain. It's good they checked her out so thoroughly! Amazing service there, she's very lucky. So what is her medication on now?

Don't be afraid to touch her. She needs your gentle touch now more than ever. The pain wasn't caused by anything you did. Her nerves are "angry" if you will, by the procedure, but things will get better. 

If you want to PM me your…

…location I can help find you a pain management
specialist. Or, you can check out these directories:


…on 11/5 all but confirmed the cancer. The oncologist's prognosis was positive; no visible cancer in the lungs, so amputation will remove the pain and chemo will likely give him another 3-12 months. But we had to act quickly. Map has been with us since he was 8 weeks old and he is the…

… But our vet team was quite sure that dogs like him tend to do just fine as tripawds, and that amputation was actually the best way to get rid of the pain. We chose to amputate for all of these assurances, and we planned that he would need intensive recovery and rehab, but that he would be free from pain within a week or so once the surgury site healed.

The first night he went into surgury we were worried sick, but they told us later that night…

…journal but have since switched to an app called "Dog Log" that is working quite well for us.)

On Friday (11/19) on week after the surgery his pain seemed to be getting worse again - much worse. That evening, he began whimpering. Then, occasionally he would appear to spasm slightly in the area…

…took him to the surgery/oncology hospital. The checked his incision site everything looked really good with that, but he was still having this new pain. They upped his meds: gabapentin to 2 pills every 6 hours and the Tylenol/codine from every 8 to 6 hours. This helped. This would knock him out…

…and when knocked out he was not apparently in pain. During the day on Sunday (11/21) he was even bouncing around on his own, going in and out of an open door to watch us do years work in the back.…

…hard. We had a phone conversation with the vet who performed the surgery and he said this was very abnormal and he had a glum outlook; if this new pain cannot be controlled with the meds as is then there is nothing else we can do. Tuesday afternoon we took him into the Rehab Clinic. The vet there…

…where the shoulder used to be and that we get our own "Tens" device and use it liberally. The emerging theory is that he is a) dysphoric from the pain drugs, and b) he may have "phantom limb" pain or some other nerve issues. She recommended we give it all we got for 5-6 more days, but if the pain


We were supposed to have his first chemotherapy appointment Wednesday 11-24 but we postponed it in order to try and get control of his pain first. His oncologist agreed. She was also somewhat resigned to the "let him go" timeline. A phone conversation with the surgeon took a similar…

…have. Yesterday is the first day that he has refused his breakfast... maybe ever.

Being told "confidently" that amputation would take away the pain and the chemo would extend his life at a moment when we were already preparing to let him go was so lovely. But now it seems we have essentially

25 November 2021 8:58 pm
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…back to shore.  And hopefully we can do the same for you.

Remember,  it is MAJOR surgery all while learning  to adapt to three and all while on pain meds.  As Jerry said, her pain meds do sound a bit on the light side.  Make note of her pain seems to kick in before the next dose.  It may indeed…

… your energy and staying  pawsitive.  That's  not easy to do, but it will help give her confidence. 

Guessing g uoi've read enough about phantom  pain by now.  It does sound  like she has experienced  that.  Hopefully with med adjustment  wupu will see that fade away.

Are you still having  to

…won't need to approve every post after the first one.

Thanks for the extra information, it helps a lot. 

Yeah, you are describing some possible phantom leg pain
, or it could be another type of pain signals
that are not being addressed with her current pain meds. 200 mg of Gaba is pretty low for a…

…vet if you can get a bottle of 100 mg capsules so you can bump up the dosage incrementally until you see what works. Generally, Gabapentin post op pain control in a dog her size starts at 300 mg 3x daily. Also ask for Amantadine, a med that complements the Gaba by addressing other types of pain.

…leg amputated 5 days ago due to a soft tissue sarcoma on her right elbow. There was just no way to get any kind of clean margins. She never had any pain or mobility limitations, but it was growing and - right before our consult for surgery - actually began to break open. Thankfully they could get…

…s breaking my heart. I was reassured when I read here that this is not uncommon. I'm not sure if or how much to move her when it seems like the pain is still so acute. On the positive side, she is eating and giving the occasional tail wag. It feels like she's still in there. Right now I'm…

…down when I start to lose it. But also I'm really struggling. I welcome any guidance or insights. Thank you for being here. 

UPDATE: For pain management
she is on Gabapentin 200mg every 8-12 hours; Trazodone 150mg every 8-12 hours for sedation; Carprofen 50mg each with morning and…

…and evening meals.

When she's yelped out, it's been once each day, I believe it was when she rolled over a certain way. It's possible it was phantom pain
, but there was movement precipitating it. The first couple times I felt like I got zapped with high voltage and I got very emotional.…

…be a huge help. The first couple days I tried taking her out to use the restroom and she just laid down. She seemed so delicate and on the edge of pain. On the weekend she was inside on pee pads, and I realize I became a bit paralyzed from the yelping out. I became so skittish and didn't want to

…already see little parts of her sparkle coming back, that's awesome.

OK so please start a new topic and let us know more details like:

what pain management
is she on (meds, dosage & frequency)
when she gives out pain signals
(which sound like phantom leg pain
), when does that happen

21 November 2021 8:41 pm
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…on Athena after her last physio.   So the pain which was obvious on her first appointment wasn't there this time so hopefully the exercises are helping.   Her walking has not improved though. …

… The physio consulted the vet and they think she could still have phantom limb pain and that I should consider if I want to try her on some nerve pain meds to see if that makes a difference.    The physio can't prescribe these though (physios in the UK aren't allowed to prescribe) so I have to go…

….   This is the first time she has done that since having her amputation and it was so lovely to see her doing it again.   Could mean that she is in pain and hiding it well!   Will let you know how we get on with the meds.   

18 November 2021 7:31 am
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… thinking he may have a brain tumor, there was no response so she decided that wasn't the case. She put him on Gabapentin thinking maybe it is phantom limb pain. As I was weaning him off the Prednisone
and introduced the Gabapentin (GP), he did great for 2 weeks. Once I stopped the Prednisone

17 November 2021 9:28 pm
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…...3 weeks is not really that long, amd this wouldn't be unusual for phantom pain
to happen. Have you asked your vet about adjusting the dosage?

Dry needling acupuncture can work very well too. Sometimes it takes another…

…of the Tripawds Foundation
rehab reimbursement program that can pay for your first rehab visit
. These pros are often able to diagnose and treat pain pretty quickly.

25 October 2021 10:16 pm
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…trembling be phamtom limb pain in kitties?

Our surgeon advised that phantom limb pain is totally real for cats and prescribed gabapentin as needed for it.  Immediately after surgery, my tripawd kitty was trembling as the pain meds…

…wore off, so it seemed clear it was pain related. We're now just over 3 weeks post surgery and the trembling happened again a week ago, and now today. I've given her a tiny bit of gaba…

…both times and that seems to handle it. Otherwise, she's acting normally. 

Any other advice for pain relief this far after surgery?  And any experiences with phantom limb pain a month or more post surgery? 

Many thanks hive brain!

25 October 2021 2:11 pm
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…and have done your research, that's terrific. Your vet may want to know why you are asking for Gabapentin if she is not showing that she's in pain. What I would say to that is you understand that the NSAID is not treating nerve pain, just inflammation, and it makes sense that after amputation,…

… nerves are frayed and need a calming medication to help prevent phantom leg pain
. I'm guessing that if your vet only let her come home with an NSAID that they may not be up on the latest pain control methods.

Pretty awesome

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