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Phantom pain—next steps
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22 December 2020 - 11:16 pm
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3 weeks post front limb amputation for our 11-year-old greyhound, Reno, who has Osteo. He started chemo today.

Reno will be resting, standing or eating and suddenly Yelp and run into another room. Almost immediately he’ll seem fine and come back. This can be around 6-8 times per day.

Vet thinks phantom pain . He is on gabapentin, Amantadine, carprofin and tramadol as needed. They’ve done nothing to stop it.

we’ve tried decreasing his walks (he loooves walks) down to zero. Still yelps.

I can’t take it. I burst into tears when it happens. It sounds just awful. He sounds terrible.

we are trying acupuncture next week. Realistically, how often does that help? What am I missing to try? How do I know if this pain is so bad it is no longer humane to keep up treatment?

I feel hopeless.


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23 December 2020 - 8:22 am
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You might be able to increase the dose of gabapentin but ask your vet first. Acupuncture is reasonable and you might also look into CBD such as Chroniquin. Does the incision look okay? Sometimes there is a suture or deeper tissue that just needs to heal more.

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23 December 2020 - 8:41 am
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The suture looks beautiful. Staples are out and all looks great. He takes 300mg gapapentin 3xday. Haven't looked at CBD. I don't know what a reasonable amount of time is for initial healing -- do a lot of dogs still have these periods of yelping at 3 weeks? Thanks for responding. We feel very alone.

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23 December 2020 - 12:28 pm
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@babr, we are so sorry to hear about your pup. As you can see you are not alone and we hope that you'll start a new topic in Treatment and Recovery so that the community can more closely follow your journey OK? 

Please see our posts about Phantom Pain , we've got lots of information. Resolving this type of pain can take several approaches, including medication, pain management and therapies like dry needling acupuncture. It's not terribly uncommon unfortunately, and dogs do overcome this type of post-op pain, really!

I'll look for your new topic!

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