feline hyperaesthesia, Gabapentin, acupuncture

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    Ellie had to see the vet today for neuropathy in her tail. Some of you know she had it amputated partially about a year and a half ago. The pain has gradually grown and in the last few weeks she has not been herself. She is eating fine but has been sleeping more, playing less and cuddling less. She's even put her mouth on me a few times when I've tried to help. Dr. Beach agreed that she is having neuropathic pains and has prescribed her Gabapentin to curb the discomfort. We will also be starting acupuncture. I am curious to know what level of success there will be, though I'm confident it can do nothing but help. Please keep Ellie in your Sphynx prayers as she's not having a great time of it right now. Thank you.
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      Lair Prayers are sent. Kudos to you for helping Ellie. Your journey will no doubt help other members in the future. Thank you for sharing the details. We are here for you.


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        Gentle head bumps and big hugs to you both....sent sling with those prayers!

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          Most homeopath treatments (like acupuncture) have a 30% chance of working. Just like a placebo. So it does definitely have a chance of helping!
           
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          She's a wee sedated after her first dose. [​IMG]
          I hope it at least means she's comfortable.


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            Bless her heart. I sure will pray
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                  So she has now had 2 doses of Gabapentin and I can tell you there is a MAJOR difference. I don't like that she gets a little sedated from it, but the trade off of her enjoying pets again is worth it. It's meant to be temporary anyways while we wait for treatment to work.

                  On that...we have our consultation with the veterinarian acupuncturist on Saturday. She will also get her first session at the same appointment. I'm eager to see what effects it has on her.


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                    I am following your progress.
                     
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                      HUGS. Sorry that you are going through this with Ellie. It really is a tough situation. I'm glad that the medication is working though I'm sure its hard to see her sedated. I'm sure she's really struggles with this as well. I personally have seen great benefits with acupuncture. I hope you will with Ellie too!
                       
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                        Comtinued positive vibes and prayers for Ellie
                        What a sweetie ..
                        I have had awesome results with gabapentin for pets and myself

                        Keep us updated often
                        Head smooches to beautiful Ellie
                         
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                          Cuddles and headbumps for Ellie. Glad to hear the meds do help and she's feels better. Fingers and paws crossed the acupuncturis will make her feel even better.
                           
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                            Had our fist treatment today. Unfortunately the procedure was way too painful starting about halfway down the spine. So we did needles down the front half and had to use laser down the back half. We will gradually work our way down the spine little by little at each appointment.
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                              Gentle head butts and healing vibes coming your way!!
                               
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                                sniffles.

                                So many hugs your way. I wish I could be there for both of you. hugs hugs.

                                It's amazing what you are doing for Ellie. You are a fabulous Sphynx Mom. And this will be a great resource for others.

                                I just wanted to mention about the gapapentin -- like other similar drugs, it can take up to a month to be adapted by the body. Yes, she'll be super sleepy for the first while but just hang tight for a few weeks and see how she is at the one month mark.

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                                  Hope this first treatment will be the first step to progress and less pain. Sending lots of healing vibes
                                   
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                                    @Xandria yes that is what I've read on the Gabapentin. I hope she can be off of it soon though. My prayer is that the acupuncture takes off and we won't need it.

                                    Thank you all for the support.


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                                      I hope so too. The try and try again path can be frustrating. Ellie is strong, and so are you. HUGS.
                                       
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                                      Aww, that sucks. Are you confident the amputation was done correctly? Might be worth having an expert look over it just in case, I've heard of botched tooth extractions by regular non specialist vets causing a lot of pain issues, I'm not sure if tail amputation would have similar issues.

                                      The kitten lady (a kitten rescue star) has a recent rescue called Chloe who's backside and bladder were completely paralyzed with poor prognosis who surprisingly has gained back bladder function and some knee/leg motility from a few sessions of acupuncture and usage of the Assisi loop (recommended by Lil Bub's owner as well, especially good for pain management). I think the kitten lady got electric acupuncture for Chloe, here's an article the video is amazing

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                                        I've heard of a number of arthritic/asthmatic cats consistently getting relief from 500 mg krill oil once a day and 125 mg (1/4th of a 500 mg cap) standardized curcumin (meriva or longvida, doctor's best or NOW for example) mixed into two separate meals ideally to maintain through the day. It helps my cat with his allergic rhinitis as well, it's mostly anti-inflammatory/pain but I did see some articles about omega 3 being recommended for neuropathic pain as well so maybe this combo would work on Ellie too. Won't do any harm either way, this is extra on top of whatever omega 3 Ellie normally gets in her diet.
                                         
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                                          Oh what a trooper she is. She is very lucky to have you. Hoping for progress.
                                           
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                                            @celsei we are probably headed toward stimulated acupuncture but right now she can't even handle the dry needle. It is so hard to tell when cats are in pain and I think she's in more pain than I know.

                                            @Catzzzmeow Yeah I was surprised how well she did. I'm really happy with the vet too. As soon as a needle entered that made her cry and react in pain it was removed and we went another route.


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                                            Yeah it does sound worrying cause any minor pain they could hide so it must be tough for her but you're doing all you can to help with it and she seems to be getting good relief from the medicine and acupuncture seems promising as well if she has such a strong reaction to needles around her spine, just might take some time to work up to the tough spots.

                                            Maybe ask your vet/acupuncture vet what they think about this Assisi Animal Health :: For Pet Owners , it has to be prescribed
                                             
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                                            She's not really doing any better today. Here is a video of her reaction to being touched on the back and barely touched on the tail. When she grabs my hand with her paw she is moving towards biting me. Which is not like her at all.




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