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… I need help! Lots of help!

Steve never had any issues with phantom limb pain, so I don't know anything about it. I had skimmed a few posts about it in the past just to have an idea of what to look for should Steve ever

…they told us that she was a "terrier mix" and we are so glad that they did. We found out a couple of weeks later at our vet, when we took her in for phantom limb pain. We never would have adopted her if we had known she was a pit and now we have fallen in love with the breed! Bailey seems to have the same

loveabull pit
23 January 2015 8:30 am
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…helps? Or just let it run its course? I’ve called my Vet to ask, but I’m waiting for her to call me back.

I did read an article from here about phantom limb pain, but Baloo doesn't look or lick at the missing leg or anything like that. Actually, he sits with his head turned completely away from the amputated

21 January 2015 11:35 am
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… welcome. We're glad you posted here too, the more feedback the better. Yes, we've seen many Tripawds experience phantom pain
, just click on the phantom limb pain link for info and tips.


Yes, current pain relief protocols state that pain relief administered both before

25 December 2014 10:53 pm
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…pups have experienced "phantom limb pain" after amputation.  Here in the US a medication called Gabapentin is usually prescribed to help with this.  What was the medication that your vet

10 December 2014 1:27 pm
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…meds.  Has she been on Gabapentin before?  If not you may want to speak with the vet about starting her on this as it's geared more toward the "phantom limb pain" that amputees experience.

Keep us posted on how she's doing and what the vet says.

Sending you both hugs!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

20 November 2014 9:33 am
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…really rare to have these two forms together. He kicked the NST's butt. 

When did Zoe stop Gabapentin? We had Jake on it all 9 months because of phantom limb pain. The way the vet described it was that when they cut the nerves, they still function. They try to fire off but can't go anywhere. That sounds like

30 October 2014 4:42 am
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…victory here!

I don't think I've heard of phantom pain
so long after surgery- doesn't mean it couldn't happen.  Unlike your vet I do believe phantom limb pain exists.  Maybe Zoe is having pain because of the type of tumor?  I'm not familiar with Zoe's type of tumor, my pug Maggie had mast cell cancer.

29 October 2014 9:26 pm
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…became a Tripawd due to a Nerve Sheath Tumor in her Brachial Plexus.  We just celebrated her four month ampuversary.  She's always had periodic phantom limb pain - mostly after really exerting herself (she's a bit nutty/high energy), but for awhile it was only once every three weeks. 

The last few days

29 October 2014 9:08 pm
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…you so much. I found tripawds while I was searching for information on how long pets need medication after amputation and how to help her cope with phantom limb pain should the issue arise. I also started Misu's blog... I've never blogged before so hopefully I have the gist of it.

17 September 2014 9:26 pm
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…had phantom limb pain on and off and like Jack, we found out muscle spasms were a key factor. Gaba + Methocarbamyl helped (both it and Gaba are cheap at Costco btw, and

15 September 2014 9:48 pm
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…might take a little while for the gabapentin to start doing its thing, so hang in there. My Jake had phantom limb pains for at least a few weeks afterwards. Hero is very early in recovery, letting him rest is probably the best thing. I personally wouldn't worry

13 September 2014 7:43 pm
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…certainly indicate phantom pain
. Gabapentin can certainly help, and many have found Farabloc to provide relief. Review the tips for relieving phantom limb pain in dogs in the Downloads blog
and don't miss our video interview with Dr Pam discussing phantom pain and other common complications.

Hope this

13 September 2014 9:16 am
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…him on Gabapentin.  If Ruby continues to seem uncomfortable you may want to check with your vet about adding that.  Gabapentin is used a lot for "phantom limb pain" as it's a nerve blocker.

I'll be sending you and Ruby positive thoughts for safe and speedy recovery!!!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

…the stitches/staples are out, so I'd ask your vet. We had two baby gates in our tri-level house and used them constantly.

Re. the whimpering, phantom limb pain isn't uncommon and if it persists you might ask your vet about raising the Gaba dose. Also, massaging certain areas can help (I believe the links

9 August 2014 1:37 pm
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…which is Gapentin twice a day. Tramadol and Rimadyl. The vet said that Hector was suffering from idioparthic nerve pain which I understand is phantom limb pain. He is now home and the change to the medication is working and Hector is more settled and peaceful. I only ever take a day at a time, as Hector's

6 August 2014 3:07 pm
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…today just to check on Hector.  I'm so glad he is doing better, and that you are feeling better about your decision.

I did not have to deal with phantom limb pain, but from everything I've read here it does sound heartbreaking to hear the screams.  I don't think I've read anything about a dog not getting past

4 August 2014 5:02 pm
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I'm sorry Hector is having trouble.

Since the vet called it idiopathic nerve pain (means that the origin is unknown) Hector may be dealing with phantom limb pain. It is relatively common, and your description of how Hector is howling sounds like what others have gone through.

Here are a couple links to…

…limp pain in Tripawds: http://tripawds.....pawd-dogs/

Forum search- scroll to the second post in this tread, Jerry posted several links on phantom limb pain: http://tripawds.....from-naps/

Gabapentin is most often prescribed for phantom limb pain.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

3 August 2014 12:27 pm
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…gotten great advice from some fabulous folks. Bet a valium-ish addition to her meds cocktail will help. Gabapentin works wonders on nerve pain and phantom limb pain, and doesn't seem to have the same side effects as Tramadol. 

Also, make sure she's getting a high enough dose based on how much Duchess weighs.

… he isn't in pain, it's just that the brain is still trying to tell the leg to do something so it sends out signals through the nerves. This is why phantom limb pain happens in amputees, the brain doesn't realize the leg is gone and signals get crossed. Obviously I'm not a doctor but that's the simplest way of

27 July 2014 7:31 pm
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…you may want to consider speaking with your vet about adjusting his medication.

I know from this site that Gabapentin is used a lot in treating "phantom limb pain" so just keep that in mind if you notice Sampson in pain.

Stay in contact with your vet and as Jerry says "you want to stay ahead of the pain and

24 July 2014 2:38 pm
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…do their best to hide it.

For just being a couple of days out of surgery, she is likely feeling the result of severed nerves, which is known as phantom limb pain. What you are describing sounds a lot like it. We have lots of information about phantom limb pain available throughout our community, here's a few…

: Post-Amputation Side Effects in Dogs
Tripawds News Blog
: One Vet’s Canine Amputation Surgery and Recovery Tips
Tripawds News Blog
: great phantom limb pain tips here
Tripawds Downloads Blog
: EMFs and Phantom Limb Pain Discussion

Most dogs are on pain medication at least until the stitches come out so

…now that she's mostly back on the Carafate. Would a slow GI bleed cause periodic pain to the point of a making her cry out? It's almost akin to phantom limb pain...she'll be lying down and all of a sudden will yelp and get up and move away from where she was (almost like something had poked her).


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28 May 2014 7:03 pm
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Use the Search button above to find many topics discussing phantom limb pain or search all blogs here.

Don't miss this video discussing phantom pain and other complications too!

28 May 2014 5:32 pm
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…I'm not repeating what's gone before! I have a 3 legged papillon dog. She lost her front leg 3 years ago and for the past 18 months has been having phantom limb pain. She has gabepentin which she's been on about a year now. It has definitely made an improvement, however seems to be getting worse again now and

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