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Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (980)

…to help numb the signals to the brain that register pain.  I am happy to try the Metacam for the week but my feeling is that this is either phantom limb pain or muscle spasm and I agree that he has maybe overdone things and am now trying to get him to calm down a little. Also had to put his e-collar back

…? You've gotten a lot of good advice and links.

I also thought possibly phantom pain
or trying to scratch an itch. He could cry out from the phantom limb pain adn also cry o u t of frustration if he is unable to scratch an itch...or even clean his face with his laws like he used to.

No firsthand

…said

I'm wondering if this could be phantom pain
?

Quite possibly! Here are some tips for managing phantom limb pain in dogs. Dr. Pam's video discussing common complications provides more information about phantom pain
and other issues.

8 June 2015 10:36 am
Posts: 9
Views: 861

…the third week and, if I recall, I stuck with the Gabapentin more so than the Tramadol and just lowered the dose gradually that third week.

Search phantom limb pain here in the site for more info. My understanding is it can happen during the first week and even a couple of months later. In my unprofessional

27 May 2015 9:33 am
Topic: Gabapentin
Posts: 4
Views: 815

…gabapentin.  I am watching him carefully, and I think he does better without the tramadol at this point, but I've read that Gabapentin can prevent phantom limb pain from developing. 

So I'm asking, how long did you guys continue with these 2 pain meds, and do you know when, if ever, they are less likely to…

…develop phantom limb pain, so I could discontinue the gaba. He is still on the NSAID because I think it's helping him while he's working his muscles in new ways.

Thanks, 

27 May 2015 9:07 am
Topic: Gabapentin
Posts: 4
Views: 815

…of pain.  And it's important to try to narrow down the cause because there's different medications to treat pain.  If what Toby is experiencing if phantom limb pain then a med called Gabapentin is usually prescribed.  If it's from over exertion or muscle pain then anti-inflammatories are usually prescribed such…

…will really help in narrowing down the cause.  If Toby hasn't over exerted herself and there's no sort of physical trauma then you may be looking at phantom limb pain

Hang in there and keep us updated!!

We'd also love to see some pictures of your beautiful Toby!!

Sahana and her Angel Leland

…s often a result of post-amputation pain, caused by any number of things but often muscle pulls due to too much activity too soon, joint stress, to phantom limb pain. The first thing you can do right away is keep a log of when she cries out and for how long it lasts. Ask yourself, what was she doing right before

30 April 2015 9:19 am
Posts: 35
Views: 3696

…are usually expressed regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

I did find your reply very encouraging, especially about the phantom limb pain. My problem is that I can't bear to see him suffer. He was my first baby, before I had children. He followed me everywhere if I wasn't carrying

…out of nowhere started yelping. We took him to the vet a couple days ago and she didn't see anything she found concerning and thought it could be phantom limb pain. She gave us Carproxen to give every 12/24 hrs or as needed to see if it would help. I've been giving it to him as needed but I'm thinking I may…

…I just want to go find whoever it was that did this to him and kick their ass!!  Even though this is my 3rd tripawd, Jake had just a little bit of phantom limb pain and Tanner was completely healed when we adopted him. Rosco's amputation was March 6th and he was on pain meds for about 2 weeks. Does anyone have

20 April 2015 5:32 pm
Posts: 10
Views: 1166

…I got to sleep with Iris the first night home. She was literally hugging me and just wanted to match heartbeats.

Jerry posted a good link about phantom limb pain, but for the life of me I can't copy the hyperlink. Riley may or may not have it, but it could just be a combination of stress, pain and medication

16 April 2015 11:30 pm
Posts: 118
Views: 8321

… you will know it if it happens. From what we've seen, most dogs don't get it though.

Mike is right; gentle massage does wonders. This link to phantom limb pain has all of our best tips for managing pain, and also how to massage your pup after surgery. I hope it helps. Keep us posted.

16 April 2015 9:38 am
Topic: Scared...
Posts: 85
Views: 7016

The only thing I know about phantom limb pain, is that one of the things they do for veterans missing limbs, is to actually put a prosthetic limb on and massage the prosthetic. My buddy who lost

15 April 2015 11:03 pm
Topic: Scared...
Posts: 85
Views: 7016

…... I was reading on this site about phantom limb pain and now I'm scared Tommy has this. He's been panting non-stop since the surgery. I don't know if he's just tired or in pain. 

How do I know the

15 April 2015 8:39 pm
Topic: Scared...
Posts: 85
Views: 7016

…information about Pain experienced before and after amputation, hence you did it correctly. We want to find out if dogs and cats can experience Phantom Limb Pain and if we can detect it through our/your observations. In a subject that do not express him/herself in words, it can be hard to establish.

All

…!

So sorry you are going through this, I still can't believe it. OK, here's some info for you

And please, does anyone know how to help with phantom limb pain.

See:

Dr. Petty Shares Pain Management Tips

And also listen to him on Tripawd Talk Radio

http://download.....your-pets/

One…

…more thing: if you have a sec (I know your hands are full!), your answers to our phantom limb pain survey would be so helpful. Deadline is 3/28

http://download.....in-survey/

Hugs to all of you. Hang in there!

15 March 2015 11:08 am
Posts: 45
Views: 2725

…to post, I'm going to try it out now  

The first 2 are post-surgery, the last couple are before. And please, does anyone know how to help with phantom limb pain. He hasn't had any issues until tonight, he was sleeping and just let out a screaming howl/whine that I've never heard come out of him before and it

14 March 2015 7:21 pm
Posts: 45
Views: 2725

…night, "after amputation" equated ro "after surgery" to me. All responses were referencing lain from the surgery. And the survey was referencing phantom limb pain from amputation, not surgical pain from amputation surgery.

My Happy Hannah had a lot of surgical pain, but never really showed lain that I could

…have a VERY important survey that needs your feedback. Both past and present Tripawd cat and dog pawrents are needed to answer these questions about phantom limb pain. It doesn't matter if you think your Tripawd had phantom pain
or not, so hop on over!

Take the Tripawd Phantom Limb Pain Survey

Hey everypawdy,

…s on Prednisone
so he can't take Metacam. The Vet suggested gabapentin. Do you think that would work for pain? I thought that was phantom limb pain. She said that we could put him on morphine if we needed to. He does hide his pain well. How long does tramadol last?

13 March 2015 7:12 am
Posts: 13
Views: 1627

…it) you could speak with your vet about starting Gabapentin (which is what my Leland took).  Gabapentin is also typically what's prescribed for "phantom limb pain" which can happen to our furbabies as you'll see perusing this community's postings.

I will definitely be keeping Scout in my thoughts as he

11 March 2015 9:11 am
Posts: 45
Views: 2725

…baby boy is a 9-10 year old, 75 lb Rottweiler who had his front leg amputation surgery for osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in November 2014. Besides phantom limb pain after suture removal (which was quickly resolved with tramadol and gabapentin that the vet prescribed), Tyson had been doing wonderfully since.

…We've moved your topic here to the treatment and care forum where it is more relative. Your will find lots of forum topics and blog posts discussing phantom limb pain in dogs here at Tripawds.

Please be sure to complete the Tripawds Phantom Limb Pain Survey to help veterinary researchers develop better pain…

…15.

For more research about the effects of EMF on phantom pain
, don't miss this article in the Downloads Blog
.

The Electromagnetic Field and Phantom Limb Pain Connection in Animals, People

7 March 2015 10:07 am
Posts: 3
Views: 680

…have a VERY important survey that needs your feedback. Both past and present Tripawd cat and dog pawrents are needed to answer these questions about phantom limb pain. It doesn't matter if you think your Tripawd had phantom pain
or not, so hop on over!

Take the Tripawd Phantom Limb Pain

23 February 2015 11:11 am
Posts: 179
Views: 122965

…over groomer. We took Esteban in about 5 days after his surgery and he was already clearly over grooming at that point. He is also dealing with phantom limb pain, and isn't a big fan of our dog, so he's probably more stressed out than Steve was. Esteban over grooms in more locations than Steve did, so his

…an amputation and only getting Ibuprofen to manage the pain....ouch.... Also, in case you weren't aware Gabapentin is usually prescribed for "phantom limb pain".  My Leland was only on Gabapentin because he didn't do well with the Tramadol.  Not all meds work for all dogs so just stay in contact with your

11 February 2015 7:17 am
Posts: 8
Views: 1043

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