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Search results for 'phantom limb pain' (980)

… the other muscles are compensating. How old is Harley?

We started PT and massage at home, which seems to be helping. Gabapentin can help with phantom limb pain from what we've heard.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

27 May 2014 7:57 pm
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…didn't deal with phantom limb pain, but from the experiences written here it sounds like it. 

Please tell us more about Harley, what kind of cancer? How old is your handsome man?

27 May 2014 5:54 pm
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…normal for a while after surgery?

Sudden yelps or outbursts like that are a common indicator of phantom pain
. Check out the tips for managing phantom limb pain in the Tripawds Downloads blog
.

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We look forward to hearing more about

27 May 2014 1:47 pm
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…murphsmom said

Has your vet considered the possibility of phantom limb pain?

Kathi and Murphy

I asked her that, and she doesn't think so, because there was no prior leg pain associated with the missing hock. (Other

…your vet considered the possibility of phantom limb pain?

Kathi and Murphy

…him.

I like the idea of massage and maybe some icing.  If you can trace the yelping to his neck it makes sense that he is sore.  Most cases of phantom limb pain I've heard of are really sudden like Alison described.  Gabapentin is usually used for phantom pain
around here.  My older pug with really bad

21 May 2014 12:49 pm
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…a day or once every other day. It's very seldom, and seems to be when he moves his neck. Could this be related to the muscles in the shoulder or phantom limb pain? I texted his vet and he recommended adding tramadol onto his metacam every day, plus laser therapy 3 times a week. I'd like to stay away from the

21 May 2014 9:53 am
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…that these guys don't experience the same side effects from amputation as we do. I was pretty discouraged when they wrote off my questions about phantom limb pain. I think I will touch base with Lily's regular doctor, who actually diagnosed her and has been wonderful throughout this process. She even visited

…Jake had phantom limb pain, diagnosed by his onco. She even told us in the beginning he might experience it and said it happens because when the nerves are cut they just dead…

…it really helped. We actually weaned him off tramadol and just had Gabapentin as a pain med. It was all around just better for Jake. If you google phantom limb pain, you can read the descriptions about what it feels like to people. I would assume its the same for dogs. Also, this is just a rant but, if humans

…m sorry to hear that Lilly has been having a tough time. I can't weigh in on phantom limb pain because we didn't experience it with Murphy, but in the past year and a half on this site, I can tell you that there have been numerous dogs (and

…for the big muscle spasms and maybe her unusual behavior but they sort of shrugged it off (they are a little skeptical that dogs actually experience phantom limb pain). I did try some heat on the muscles and she bailed on me pretty quickly. She seemed to be okay with a little massage of the area.

I know the

…. It's just a little misfiring of the neurons and nothing to worry about unless it's accompanied by shrieks and anxious behavior (which is a sign of phantom limb pain).

The scrape on his amp site sounds normal. Just watch the area for infection. Here's a post that explains amputation wound care during

…reliever with similar effects to narcotics but not as strong.

• Gabapentin – an anti-seizure drug that blocks pain and is often used to control phantom limb pain

Less common medications include butorphanol, which can alleviate pain but only provides relief for up to an hour, and buprenorphine, an injectable

12 May 2014 9:13 am
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…reliever with similar effects to narcotics but not as strong.

• Gabapentin – an anti-seizure drug that blocks pain and is often used to control phantom limb pain

Less common medications include butorphanol, which can alleviate pain but only provides relief for up to an hour, and buprenorphine, an injectable

12 May 2014 9:03 am
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…would say there isn't much pain involved - Shooter was pretty tough, but definitely had times when pain was obvious. Plus there is the chance for phantom limb pain. I found that massages really made a difference in calming and relaxing as it really helps with muscle spasms. I also had great results with a Back

…recovery challenges. How come Tasha lost her leg?

I'm not a vet, but hopefully our fairy vet mothers will chime in soon. It sure sounds like phantom limb pain. I would talk to your vet about pain relief options for her, such as gabapentin.

…3.5kg dose. She seems comfortable most of the time but can very suddenly go from puring to screaming hissing and biting. I am worried it might be phantom limb pain and came here for an opinion.

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30 March 2014 12:51 pm
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…has already moved on!

You might talk to your vet about phantom pain
if the yelping continues. Many here have had good luck with Gabapentin for phantom limb pain.

It's amazing what we can do when we have to. Can you line up a friend or neighbor to be on standby next week in case you need help? I'm

29 March 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Shout-Outs
Topic: Fred's Home!
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HERE'S MY BOY THREE AND HALF MONTHS SINCE HIS SURGERY.

 

Doing really well, just a little bit of phantom limb pain.  Has learned how to drink out of the toilet again!

 

Chris

24 March 2014 1:31 pm
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…need to order in Gabapentin?  It would probably be worth trying if it is.  It's prescribed for nerve pain, such as pinched or irritated nerves, or phantom limb pain etc.  If it is a disc, it should help.

 

It could well be that she did something swimming and/or walking. Sid is often very stiff the day

8 March 2014 10:28 am
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…the strain in other parts of his body and may well be suffering back pain.  This will ease in time as his body adapts.  He may well also be feeling phantom limb pain, but the gabapentin should help a great deal with that because it's a great painkiller for nerve pain.

We like Tramadol here, but it's not for

25 February 2014 2:26 pm
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2 February 2014 10:41 pm
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2 February 2014 2:41 pm
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….

 

I hope you don't mind that I moved your post here, the Technical Forum is for the geek stuff

 

The crying out sounds more like phantom limb pain to me- many people have had luck with the med gabapentin for that. Here is a little information on Phantom Limb Pain.  Be sure you are keeping

2 February 2014 10:19 am
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… am available for questions.  Not as an expert, but as an owner who has now been through the process, and as we go.  Fresno is still having some phantom limb pain, but it doesn't happen often.  Mostly it will awaken him from sleep and not recur again.  He just looks startled, and eyes me accusingly as though

2 February 2014 9:24 am
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1 February 2014 7:57 pm
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1 February 2014 6:35 pm
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… so I've left it be.  (I'm a nurse and know infection when I see it)

2.  Even though Fresno is not in constant pain, I think he does experience phantom limb pain.  Sometimes he will just be restless and bite the air where his leg would be.  That was worse in the first week, and it seems to be going away now

1 February 2014 1:42 pm
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…answers will be good. Just keep pushing them...you do know him best. There is another med, Gabapentin, that is used for pain and mostly for phantom limb pain and nerve pain so you can ask about that if the vet agrees that his behavior is due to pain.

I hope the Tramadol helps and he is more comfortable

31 January 2014 8:28 pm
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