The spark that ignited McNerney's passion for pain management
While working on a case report she used for obtaining her CVPP, McNerney was confronted with a feline patient who was experiencing significant behavioral changes.
“The cat was always very friendly, super nice and then the owner said that over time, the cat started becoming very cranky to the point where every time they touched the cat, the cat would have a really painful reaction,” McNerney described.
She added, “Something stuck out when we were talking to the owners and 1 thing that they said was ‘I wish we had never got [the cat declawed], he really changed after that.”
McNerney explained that this case made her realize the major impact chronic pain has on changing the psyche and how it can cause extreme behavioral changes.
“Basically pain is going to change how your neurons work and how they send signals to the brain, and this concept that you can get extreme behavioral changes due to chronic pain was something that I was seeing in real-time with this cat,” McNerney told attendees.