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Sudden Yelping- Post-op Day 9
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15 April 2019 - 11:32 am
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Hi everyone!

I posted Marie the chihuahua’s [long] story in the Share Your Story forum.  Overall, her recovery has been going well and she is doing a bit better everyday. has been such a comfort through this challenging time!

Her overall pain levels seem to have gone down considerably from the first few days, and we were even able to slowly decrease the amount of Gabapentin from 2ml to 1.5ml without any changes.  (She lets me pick her up with ease now, and she is not slipping or falling as much as she did at first!)  However, yesterday, and into last night, she started to suddenly yelp loudly out of nowhere while she was sitting or laying down in her bed.  None of these times did she appear to move or do anything that would naturally cause pain.  Could it be phantom limb pain?  What are other signs of phantom limb pain, and should we continue to manage that with Gabapentin?  Is there anything else these yelps could signify?  While we’ve made it through the toughest parts of recovery, I know we are still not very far out on day 9.

She is supposed to get her stitches out tomorrow, so I will definitely talk to them about this then.  I’m hoping there is also relief once those are removed!

I have also made her an appointment on Wednesday with her regular vet; I just want a follow-up after all of the medical issues Marie has been through lately.  I also plan on asking for information about rehab services.  Her regular vet is highly trained in holistic medicine, so I’m hoping to get some information on what could benefit her there too.  I will share if I hear anything good!  

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It does sound like phantom limb pain from what I’ve seen here.  And gaba is the ‘go to’ med for that.  Her stitches could also be pulling a bit. 

I did a blog search on Phantom and got these results.

When Maggie had her amp she was on pain meds a full 14 days although we were tapering a bit the last couple of days.  Dogs are pretty good at hiding pain, it may be that you have decreased the pain meds a bit too early for her.  Chat with your vet and maybe see if increasing the dose up again helps.  Or maybe the frequency of dosing.

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Yep, ditto Karen.  Phantom pain comes with sudden yelps out of rhe blue, often with the dog trying to get up and “run away from the pain”.  It comes on quickly  and leaves quickly.    The brain is still firing off messages ro nerve endings  that no longer have a leg to go to causing  the big OUCH!  Gabapentin  is the drug that helps stop that.  So, as Karen indicated,  Marie may need her dose of Gaba back up a little for a bit longer.  It could also be a stitch could be causing the Yelp too.  But they’re  coming  out tomorrow, so that’s  good.

You’re  doing a great job with Marie!  And she’s  doing a great job of adjusting!!


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Yeah, agree that this could be a sign of phantom pain . Your vet will be able to confirm. Usually it can be treated with Gabapentin and if it’s possible for you to get her into acupuncture, that can make a tremendous difference too. This article by Dr. Mike Petty explains more:


I’m so glad you’ll be able to meet with your vet and ask about rehab care. Let us know what happens, keep us posted!

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