Which pain do we treat?

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i wasn’t quite sure how to ask the question!  Gillie has OA in his right elbow.  He is currently on Metacam and Gabapentin.  When he walks (we do short lead walks) he looks good and is keen to go.  When he gets up from resting he can be very lame for a few steps but it wears off.  Is the aim of pain relief to get rid of that pain on rising or is the fact it wears off and he is comfortable afterwards mean we should not be messing too much?

 

I ask because I have plantar fasciitis myself and my first steps of the day are absolute agony, I can barely put my foot to the floor but after a short while once I’ve stretched etc it’s little more than a niggle.  To treat the pain on rising would need vast amounts of drugs but I don’t take anything at all because once I’ve got over the first five minutes I don’t need it.

Im taking him back to the referral vets just to see whether there is any surgical option worth considering but I’d be inetersted to hear people’s views on this.  Thank you!

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I’d ideally want to see him not being lame EVERY time he gets up.. this probably means we could be doing more for him. Maybe that isn’t changing his drug regime but changing things in the environment (a good supportive bed, none slip surfaces..) or using physical therapies such as massage, physio or hydro to help build up muscle strength and flexibility

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