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Nerve cramps? Tripawd cat gets episodes.
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24 April 2020 - 8:23 am
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Hello! I am new to this forum. I have a tripawd cat for about 3 years now. Ever since we got her she would get weird cramps every once in a while. She starts meowing constantly unless she is sleeping and it's not a normal meow. She then is constantly rolling around to get this so called "cramp" undone. She licks a certain spot on her side where her leg was amputated. This goes away after about a week, but I have no clue what it is from. Is she pinching a nerve by jumping a certain way every once in a while? I need some advice. Thanks.

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Hi there, thanks for registering as a member, your future posts won't need approval so post away. What's your cat's name? And how often do the episodes happen and how long do they last each time?

I'll let our Fairy Vet Mother share her expertise but for now I'm curious, do you know if she had any kind pain management after her amputation surgery? Specifically, Gabapentin, a nerve calming drug that minimizes the risk of phantom pain after amputation. 

Phantom pain does happen to some Tripawds but this far out of surgery I'm wondering if it could be something else. Dr. Pam will have some insight. In the meantime I"ll refer you to our Tripawds Rehab Reimbursement program. If you take your kitty to a rehabilitation therapist who can probably help figure this out, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit . Click on the link for details.

Hang tight, Dr. Pam will be around soon!

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25 April 2020 - 7:39 am
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That is a long time post-op for routine phantom pain . More likely she might have a neuroma or bunch of nerves that flare up from time to time.  I would ask your vet about gabapentin.  If the leg was amputated due to cancer then it is also possible that it is returning at the incision site.


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25 April 2020 - 3:09 pm
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My cats name is Cally. The episodes usually last for a week and happen maybe once a month. I am unsure of the pain medications she had because of how we "adopted" her. She was a stray that hung around our house and then she disappeared. She reportedly got hit by a car after chasing a bird. Somehow someone down the road found her and got her leg amputated (back left leg) and payed for it. Then she realized for couldn't keep her because of her big dogs and got a hold of us somehow. Now we have her haha. We have no clue what vet she even went to.

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