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Involuntary Muscle trembling of amp leg
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My tripawd Sadie has been experiencing involuntary shaking/twitching/trembling on her amp leg. It’s on and off. She isn’t in pain when it happens. I’m not sure if this is normal for Tripawds.

Does anyone know why this may be happening?

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16 September 2018 - 9:14 am
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Hi Sadie and family, welcome!

I’m going to let our Fairy Vet Mother explain the technical aspect of why that happens, but for now I will tell you that it’s a pretty normal occurrence for our rear leg amputee Wyatt Ray , who had his amp 8 years ago. And like Sadie, it’s just a random thing and he shows no pain indicators when it happens.  In my non-vet explanation, it’s simply the brain trying to talk to the nerves on the non-existent leg. 

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17 September 2018 - 9:02 am
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Basically the nerves are still present and connected to the spinal cord but all of the muscles aren’t there to get the message from the brain so shaking and twitching occurs.  Sometimes the other legs also do this because they have to compensate for the increased workload.

Pam

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YAY thanks for that explanation Dr. Pam! I knew you’d have a way of explaining it that makes total sense.

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smileyThank you both for this information! I’m so happy I found this community. The support is amazing. 

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