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Phantom Limb Pain from a Hoomans point of view!
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21 November 2017 - 9:31 am
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Thanks Brittnie, I’m so glad to hear that Loki’s symptoms have slowed right down. Isn’t it funny that we have to convince the doctors to give our pets meds?!

I see that Leslie hasn’t signed in yet, so I will forward all of these replies to her. It will have to wait till later in the day though im afraid, as I am tied up for today.

Holly thanks for chiming in. I certainly hope that Purrrkins can get some relief with the acupuncture again. As a groomer, I know that cats skin is extremely thin compared to our dogs and can therefore ‘rip’ a little easier. I was always a little nervous shaving down cats! I kinda like the idea of Purrrrkins having baggy pants! 

I Hope your Gram gets home soon! ❌⭕️

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25 November 2017 - 8:19 am
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Hi guys,

sorry for this delay, but I had sent all of these fantastic questions to the wrong bloomin email! I’m hoping that Leslie will be able to come on and answer your questions directly. I really do find all of this fascinating and helpful! Stewie gets massages at least twice a day now! He’s a hoppy puppy!heart

Hola Petra,
Yes, I have received a new Password from the Tripawd Admin and will try to log on today to the Forum. I am not sure which Forum we are using – can you help me with finding that? Thank you for sending the entire document thus far – was amazed to see the response which was very gratifying. Would like to get onto the actual site so I can answer these questions on the site which would be less work for you! So yesterday, my dear neighbours from the US arrived for their winter stay and who jumps out of the truck but Lily, a tripawd dog! You can imagine my surprise, so I will have some first hand experience and will be speaking to them at great length as to their experience with her.

In the meantime, please feel free to post this message on the site. In answer to some of the questions, the pain frequency has indeed decreased over the years since the amputation, but it can return with a vengeance, or mildly. I too get muscle spasms but strangely enough in the real leg! I rub the leg vigorously when this happens with homeopathic oil which I get down here from a Mexican Vendor. Indeed, when the pain strikes, I do not want anyone around while I cope with it, so understand that it may be difficult to deal with a Tripawd under these circumstances. I would still persist and massage the site perhaps when there are no indications of the PP. This could set up a pattern which becomes more familiar to the animal.

Hope that helps – until I hear from you again, Petra.
Much love to all the critters,
Leslie

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25 November 2017 - 8:44 am
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Good morning!

Thank you for sharing that information, I got HUCK to sit ON MY LAP last night and when he got comfy I gave him a little massage and applied gentle pressure. His tail started whipping around a little at first and then I think he relaxed and enjoyed it some. I am going to try and mix that into our routine regularly now.

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25 November 2017 - 8:46 am
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Great news Jackie! I’m sure Leslie will be super pleased to hear that. Good boy Prince Hucklebery, enjoy the Spa moment buddy!big-grin

All the best from Stewie and gang 

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25 November 2017 - 8:50 am
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And a tripawd co es for a cisit!!! LOOOOOVE THAT!!    Hipefule Leslie can nudge Lily’s hoomands ro join the site and tell us all aboht their girl!

Again, a HUGE HEARTFELT THANKS TO PETRA AND LESLIE FOR PUTTING THIS THREAD TOGETHER!   clapheart

And YAY for HUCKLEBERRY becoming a lap sitting cat!

HOLLY…extra dose of hugs to youheart

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25 November 2017 - 8:59 am
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Thally I agree! And at the very least we need lots of pictures of Lily don’t we?!!! clap

Thally, I am very grateful to Leslie aswell for being so open and honest with us. I honestly feel that with this Hooman/furbaby connection, we can get that much closer to our fur kids! (As if that’s possible heh!!!)

Hugs and sloppy kisses from me and Stewie!heart

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25 November 2017 - 3:50 pm
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Thanks again Petra and Leslie!

I also love that a tripawd got out of the car. LOVE THAT!! NO COINCIDENCE THERE !
Lily is showing our thanks and how neat Leslie & Lily can also learn from each other!

I massage Purrkins regularly and he loves massage but absolutely did not want me massaging during the episode.

We did go for acupuncture and so far so good. Dr Matt was surprised Purrkins was showing up this late but he said it can show up anytime.

Thanks Sally well received😘❤️ Gram is still in the hospital😔
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25 November 2017 - 4:17 pm
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Super Stu! said
I’m hoping that Leslie will be able to come on and answer your questions directly…

Hola Petra,
Yes, I have received a new Password from the Tripawd Admin…

Just wondering if Leslie is having trouble logging in. We never received a reply to the email we sent with her password…

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25 November 2017 - 7:59 pm
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I’m not sure either Admin. Leslie messaged me this am and said that she had a new password and could I send her the forum info, so I sent her the forum link. I am now going to screen shot this conversation and send it over to her. I will probably hear back tomorrow sometime. I will pop in if I hear something and let you know.

Holly I guess I’m not surprised that Purrrrkins doesn’t want to stick around for a massage, even as sweet as he is,😻 there’s probably not too many cats that WOULD stick around. Like Leslie mentioned, she wants to deal with the episode by herself. I can respect that… lots of swear words, 🤬 blasphemy, pacing, meowling 😾between Hoomans and furkids the list is long!

Healing thoughts to your Gram!❤️

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28 November 2017 - 10:19 am
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Super Stu! said
…so I sent her the forum link. 

Leslie may have not received that. She has confirmed she can now access the forums, but asked for a link to this forum topic. We have provided that via email so hopefully we will here from her soon! way-cool

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28 November 2017 - 12:39 pm
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Finally, thanks to Petra and the Tripawd Admin I have successfully logged in to this Forum.  My apologies to the group involved – apparently when I lost my leg, I also appear to have lost a portion of my mind!!  I will subscribe as advised, so that I will get notices of any new posts from the group.  For now, I tried acupuncture before losing the leg and found it to be of no help however, this does not mean it may help for after losing a limb – I simply do not know.  With regards to massaging your animal, I would suggest that you try massaging the distil end at least on a daily basis  – perhaps this will allow your animal to get used to the action, so that when a shock does occur, you might be able to get at it right away.  It’s worth a try.  Regarding Gabapentin and Lyrica, these are drugs that probably attempt to cut off the circuit to the brain – I have no advice on either of these as I prefer not to take drugs for the PP unless absolutely necessary.  Also, try using a soft piece of material to make a sling-type arrangement which will gently put pressure on the stump – I use my own hands for this and often when watching TV will massage my residual limb and put gentle pressure on it. 

I will do my best to answer your questions and hope in even a small way that it will help some.

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28 November 2017 - 2:18 pm
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Thank you very much for going through the effort to find us here.  You have already helped out so much! It’s wonderful to be able to have the input that you have given us!! Thank you again!!

heartJackie and Huckleberryheart

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28 November 2017 - 2:47 pm
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Have you tried cognitive therapy using the mirror technique? It appears to be really effective in humans but would never be a possibility for animals. 

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28 November 2017 - 10:23 pm
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Hola Leslie! Yay for getting on site!!! We are super hoppy to see you! clap

Leslie said:
My apologies to the group involved – apparently when I lost my leg, I also appear to have lost a portion of my mind!! 

Bahhahaha! Welcome to the Tripawds community!🤪🤯 (sorry admin!) Smiley/emoji’s good!big-grin(5 is the most that admin asks us to use…). commonly used emoticons bad!👹 (Spam! Bad Spam!mad)
We are all familiar with lack of brain cells, otherwise known as ‘grey matter’!

I tried acupuncture before losing the leg and found it to be of no help however, this does not mean it may help for after losing a limb – I simply do not know. 

I find acupuncture to be very helpful to Stewie for a couple of reasons…
He is licking his amp site far less and his flaky skin subsides considerably, showing up again after about a week and a half after his last session. I will be moving his appointments to weekly. (With our friend at Nu Beginnings!)

With regards to massaging your animal, I would suggest that you try massaging the distil end at least on a daily basis  – perhaps this will allow your animal to get used to the action, so that when a shock does occur, you might be able to get at it right away.  It’s worth a try. 

This is a fantastic idea Leslie! As with my Dog grooming, I ask that my clients ‘play’ with their puppies feet, even using a metal object when they can, just so the dogs get used to the action for when it comes to nail clipping time.

Also, try using a soft piece of material to make a sling-type arrangement which will gently put pressure on the stump – I use my own hands for this and often when watching TV will massage my residual limb and put gentle pressure on it. 

Another great suggestion Leslie!

I will do my best to answer your questions and hope in even a small way that it will help some.

You have already been a huge help Leslie! Thank you for your time and willingness to expose yourself at a very personal level. We appreciate it!

By the way, let us know if you need help with pictures, we need some good shots of Miss Lily please!

All the very best from your admiring Packwinker Petra, Stewie, Paul, Spike, Chester & Miss Lilyheart

p.s. i will be posting the picture of you on your surfboard and the other one on the camel if that okay Leslie. So that this wonderful community can see what kind of Spitfire you are! 

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21 January 2018 - 7:30 am
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Hi guys

So Stewie had a wee bit of an episode last night…
The poor buggar had been outside for an hour while Paul and I had been practicing downstairs.

When he came in, he was pretty frisky. I gave him his treat and he went to his bed… everything appeared normal…

Then after about half an hour he started getting a bit restless and he was doing that pant/drool thing we all know too well…

I gave him a belly rub and noticed that the bottom of his incision site was wet. He had started licking again!! He hasn’t done this behaviour in some time and we missed his acupuncture session last week (my fault!)….!!!

So, here’s where my brain went…. bare with me…
I have some major neck issues going on right now, including a nerve that might be trapped and when I get cold, my neck ‘freezes up’ and becomes extremely painful!

It was about zero degrees C, so slightly chilly, so I wonder with Stewie being outside for that long, did he get a chill and got all tensed up and then started having Phantom Limb Pain?
I gave him a Gabapentin and heated up a large compress (a rice bag my friend made for me.) and held it against his side. He didn’t want me massaging him so much, he was actually more comfy being left with the rice bag leaning against his side and me just rubbing his ears. It took him a good hour to settle down, but he seems to be much better this morning.

Has anyone else experienced an onset of Phantom Limb Pain after being out in the cold?

We are back at acupuncture this week!

Cheers and all the best from Stewie and his Pride >^…^<

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