Purrkins just started having phantom limb pain or what I call phantom limb episodes. Purrkins has always had a twitch in his no arm. I asked our Holistic Vet about it when we first started to see the twitch after his amp, what we are seeing is the pectoantebrachialis muscle twitching.
In short – The brain is still sending signals to the arm that is not there causing the twitching. With Purrkins it has never appeared to be painful, looks involuntary it looks like a jerking sensation. I took a short video so you can see what goes on. Just watch his amputated side.
Dr. Matt says it doesn’t seem to bother him the twitch isn’t concerning could go on his lifetime. This last two months we started having more twitching and then episodes of phantom limb pain. Purrkins was sleeping in his bed and out of the blue he woke startled and aggressively went after where his arm used to be. Licking fastidiously and scratching it. I felt terrible for him! It lasted about 2 minutes. I didn’t time it, I was trying to help him get thru it! I have a homeopathic remedy we used after his amputation after his Gaba ran out called Boiron Hypericum Perforatum 30C, a (Homeopathic Medicine for Nerve Pain) During the episode I gave him two pellets tried to massage the area, he did not want my help at all he wanted to attend to it himself. The other times it came on out of the blue, but he was awake with the same lightning bolt action and attacking & licking his no arm area.
We took Purrkins for his acupuncture and chiropractic he was out of whack in the in the three usual places atlas, thoracic 7 that number varies last time it was thoracic 10 and his pelvis needed to be adjusted these seem to be the consistent ones that Purrkins needs to be adjusted.
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Dr. Matt was surprised Purrkins was having phantom limb episodes this far out, but he said it could come about at any time. We do believe acupuncture will help it has always done wonders for Purrkins we will just have to get the how often dialed in better we were at every three months as a tune-up. We discussed EMF’s Electro Magnetic Fields like a smart meter, wifi routers, laptop, cell phones, microwaves, etc. Post’s Jerry has done on the Farabloc go into further detail & a PODCAST: All About Electro Magnetic Frequencies and Tripawd Amputees
We discussed this because the electric company installed a new smart meter on the house and this does correlate with when Purrkins started having these episodes. Purrkins will be a year and a half post amp next week, and the phantom limb episodes just started happening! Very interesting discussion & a little geeky for some but I find all this very interesting! Dr. Matt does suspect the smart meter is the reason for this late onset and we discussed how dogs have high anxiety and behavioral problems the list went on! He suspects for the same reason too much EMF’S. We can purchase a cage for the new smart reader to block any harmful emissions; we figured we could not block them all & bought a farabloc blanket for Purrkins instead.
When the blanket arrived we know more got it out of the envelope, and Purrkins was on it literally, and he stayed on it, on and off the entire night!
The off was to eat and go potty then back on the blanket! I even moved the blanket around actually out of my own curiosity to see if he would follow it! I put it in the doorway where neither cats would typically lay, it’s too busy to lay there. Guess what? Yep, he followed it!
Funny Saxton also gravitates to it?
Now if anyone has cats, they know cats are finicky about materials well at least ours are. They always pick the softest, cushiony materials this is anything but that. It is fabric and I was not sure Purrkins would be interested in it, but we did the research & wanted to try it if it can help him in any way money well spent! I move the blanket around to Purrkins regular sleep spots as you can see for yourself Purrkins loves it! Amputated arm always on the blanket!
I have not seen him be this relaxed in months! I have seen less twitching and will give the full review when we have more time to see what happens. I am very interested in the technology and will watch and document how this goes & let you all know. What we can see in 4 days we are impressed!
Next week we will celebrate our One year & 6 months cancer free Ampuversary we will have to schedule that dreaded recheck once again.🤢 January or February we are shooting for ! Will let you know and ask for some prayers & pawsitive tripawd power before our appointment!
For now, I will leave you with our famous upside-down closing photo of Mr. Purrkins loving his new Farabloc blanket!
We want to wish you all a very Meowy Christmas and or a Hoppy Howlidays and a Hoppy Mew Year FULL of treasured memories, love & laughter!
Love to everyone one of you and your fur & human family here & on the other side whom we always carry in our hearts❣