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Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (1040)

…to chime in here.  Following Tuxedo's surgery he was never on gabapentin and other than a few isolated incidents, never seemed to show having any phantom limb pain like you described.  However, after stitches and all bandages were finally removed, he became a grooming fiend.  He would at times lick away his…

…this year, when his vet prescribed gabapentin for him.  The vets rationale was that it was possible that Tuxedo had been experiencing isolated phantom limb pain episodes all this time.  Well I do not know if that is right, but I do know that after a couple weeks on gabapentin, no more over grooming.  At his…

…manner, I am saying, if the gabapentin is working, I would not be in any rush to discontinue it.  Because it seems that some cats may experience phantom limb pain far longer than it might be anticipated, though perhaps on a lower level.  Obviously I am not a vet, but wanted to pass along some information I got

Kirsten Thompson
15 September 2021 10:54 am
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…to chime in here.  Following Tuxedo's surgery he was never on gabapentin and other than a few isolated incidents, never seemed to show having any phantom limb pain like you described.  However, after stitches and all bandages were finally removed, he became a grooming fiend.  He would at times lick away his…

…this year, when his vet prescribed gabapentin for him.  The vets rationale was that it was possible that Tuxedo had been experiencing isolated phantom limb pain episodes all this time.  Well I do not know if that is right, but I do know that after a couple weeks on gabapentin, no more over grooming.  At his…

…manner, I am saying, if the gabapentin is working, I would not be in any rush to discontinue it.  Because it seems that some cats may experience phantom limb pain far longer than it might be anticipated, though perhaps on a lower level.  Obviously I am not a vet, but wanted to pass along some information I got

15 August 2021 8:24 pm
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…is important for pain management
. You may get flack about that and may have to advocate strongly to help General Tso recover without pain. Phantom limb pain can occur, and is manageable too with proper medication. 

For now, one day at a time! One thing you will see as you read our stories is that

8 August 2021 8:20 am
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…s advice for the dosing for the next week  and then the taper as direct.  Most likely  you will find this takes care of the episodes completely..phantom limb pain is not all that unusual (and it happens in humans too) and almost always subsides and goes away completely  by doing exactly  what your Vet has

5 August 2021 11:24 am
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…. To get to this point is exhausting  mentally and phy.  It does get better, promise!!!

Certainly  sounds like your sweet pup had a couple of,phantom limb pain based on what uou description.  The brain is still sending signals to the nerves on a leg that is jo longer there.  And ot causes  sudden and sharp

4 August 2021 9:40 pm
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…have 3 formerly feral furbabies and a big white marshmallow that nopawdy wanted. I agree.. something is triggering this. He might be having some phantom limb pain on top, and after all that he has been through he just might not be reacting really well to all the extra stimulation. Some cats do not do well in a

12 July 2021 12:19 pm
Topic: Aggression?
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…have 3 formerly feral furbabies and a big white marshmallow that nopawdy wanted. I agree.. something is triggering this. He might be having some phantom limb pain on top, and after all that he has been through he just might not be reacting really well to all the extra stimulation. Some cats do not do well in a

12 July 2021 8:22 am
Topic: Aggression?
Posts: 17
Views: 197

…out, with a hiss or growl, somewhat randomly and sometimes when I hold him/move him in my arms.  I've presumed those were perhaps moments of pain/phantom limb pain?  But other than those rare moments, he's just chill here at home.  So...any thoughts on whether this bizarre "new environment" Dr. Jekyll/Mr.

10 July 2021 6:14 pm
Topic: Aggression?
Posts: 17
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…double Spree at 14 pounds.  But way back then I did do some investigating of homeopathic treatments in case it appeared he needed anything for phantom limb pain.  And St John's Wort (hypericum perforatum) was one such med.  This website listed dosages for animals based on weight https://frankli....

13 June 2021 4:38 pm
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… the drowsy wobbles.

  How is Spree doing overall?  How severe and frequent  are her episodes.  It does seem unusual  that she is still having  phantom limb pain five months out. Has the Vet eliminated  any other cause of her pain?

Others will chime in. Hang in there!

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy

12 June 2021 10:04 am
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…ride.

Jerry's spot on with her response (as always!).   It does sound like pain management
  is the key.  You may be dealing with a combo of phantom limb pain, but also maybe even a staple poking Ludo too. Of the raised area is scar tissue forming it could be moving g the stitches around.  Jist throwing 

27 May 2021 10:19 am
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…of a shaking, but I have seen his muscles around the amputation area twitch on occasion. He is already on Gabapentin and reading through some of the phantom limb pain relief treatments (wrap, massage, warm compress) on here it looks like the recommendation is to wait until the wound is completely healed. I would

26 May 2021 7:15 pm
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…over just last night and it sometimes seems painful and other times just confusing for her. 

I have told the vet multiple times and asked if it's phantom limb pain, he informs me that it is very rare but I have been doubting that from all the posts i read about it.

I was also trying to find a place for Mimi

16 May 2021 12:22 am
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4 May 2021 10:40 am
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3 May 2021 1:13 pm
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…. I did buy the Farabloc
, but my cat never sits on it. We did a lot to help integrate the energy of the leg. I can't guarantee Rita won't get phantom limb pain, but I think the energy work-- like acupuncture--will help.  If you have any interest in trying this for Boskers, I'm happy to send along a

29 April 2021 5:52 pm
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…. I did buy the Farabloc
, but my cat never sits on it. We did a lot to help integrate the energy of the leg. I can't guarantee Rita won't get phantom limb pain, but I think the energy work-- like acupuncture--will help.  If you have any interest in trying this for Boskers, I'm happy to send along a

29 April 2021 10:57 am
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…I should give an update on Katniss. Especially after everything that happened to her the first two weeks after amputation surgery. (Phantom limb pain and the episode where she bit my husband because of the pain.) Life has been nuts - not because of Katniss - since Feb., so I haven't been

23 April 2021 7:09 am
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12 April 2021 10:39 am
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…At was diagnosed with phantom limb pain and bit her nails off and now has infection between her paw pads with a cone on and gabapentin and clavimox. So depressed will this ever go away as

12 April 2021 10:32 am
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…said I can increase his Codeine dose and they prescribed him Gabapentin which I can pick up from the pharmacy in a few hours. I am not sure it’s phantom limb pain but I am not sure how to tell? All I know is he is restless, breathing heavily, and has been whimpering on and off. It breaks my heart. He also

5 April 2021 11:22 am
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…adjusting  to three.  A hooman would be in the hospital on a morphine drip for days!

The Gabapentin should help, especially if he was having phantom limb pain.  

Has the bleeding stopped?  Did you let the Vet know about it?  And it sounds like his panting  episodes, etc have stopped.  Guess the patch

2 April 2021 9:51 am
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…right after surgery that looking back I can see how we are here now. 

I think the initial overuse/misuse postop -- then the quick onset of phantom limb pain-- led to some slight dehydration and that was when we had the steep regression.

I love the idea of miralax making it softer to pass! I am

15 March 2021 1:19 pm
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… attacking the missing limb, biting, licking, the missing limb, backward walking in rear leggers. If there is any of those, it is nerve pain or phantom limb pain; the gabapentin would need to be adjusted dosage/frequency to help Stormy.

Question 3: Stormy has been nerve pain medicine (gabapentin) and

…tweak the Gaba, but it sounds normal.

Using the missing limb, the muscles moving, twitch are common and not of concern.

You will know if it is phantom limb pain. I promise it's disturbing for the cat, dog and frightening to witness. Thankfully if it does occur, the episodes don't last long, and there are

4 March 2021 8:37 am
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…sometimes even playful. Although I know cats can hide pain well. So is there anyone who’s had this with their cat? Is it normal? Is it a sign of phantom limb pain? What is happening that’s causing the twitch?

4 March 2021 2:20 am
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phantom limb pain comes on suddenly  and the cat will jump up and try and run away from the pain....probably  with some loud vocals at the same time.  Fortunately

… picture is adorable.  She's a very pretty gal.

Yeah, panting  can certainly be a pain signal.

Also check out this link to phantom pain
  phantom limb pain.   When a dog jumps up suddenly  and yelps and tries to move away from the pain, it's usually  phantom  pain.  It starts quickly and ends fairly

23 February 2021 2:23 pm
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…are handling this so well!

You may want to check out the Farabloc
pain relief blanket. It's often used for human amputee patients to help with phantom limb pain:

https://gear.tr...../farabloc/

Keep us posted!

22 February 2021 11:41 am
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Views: 290

…bulldog had her amputation almost 4 weeks ago now. The first two weeks were crazy tough because we struggled to get her phantom limb pain under control. The pain was the phantom limb pain. The Gabapentin wasn't enough. At week 2, the Dr. added Amantadine. It was a lifesaver!

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