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Ivdd or pinched nerve?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by frenchieblue, Jun 19, 2017.


  1. frenchieblue

    frenchieblue PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I was looking for some advice.
    Basically I have a 2 year old frenchie. Last Thursday she was rolling in her bed and I heard a huge scream. I run out to her and she was walking very slowly, neck went large and was shaking and if you touched her neck she would scream. I went to the vet who suggested cage rest and pain killers and if it doesn't stop then it could be her disk in her back. This happened again Saturday and last night. During these episodes her neck swells and shakes and she lays on her side and will scream if you touch her neck. This lasts around half an hour and then her neck is back to normal size and she's fine again and you can touch her neck and she won't flinch. It's only happened once a day since thursday. Has anyone experienced this and does it sound like a disk problem? I assumed (and hoping) that if it was her disk she would be in constant pain not just half an hour a day. I searched symptoms and it also sounds like a pinched nerve. Vet has suggested cage rest for a week and then go from there but I just want reassurance. My insurance also won't cover the cost for an MRI.
    Please no negative or judging comments. As you can imagine this is a very stressful time as it is and I am doing all that I can for her. I would just like to hear if anyone has experienced this. Thanks
     
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  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Has your vet ruled out SRMA?
     
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    frenchieblue PetForums Newbie

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    What's that? To be honest they haven't been very helpful I haven't had a definite answer of what it is only it could be... I'm going to another vet tonight for a second opinion but wanted to see if anyone had experienced the same thing. Just find it strange that she's completely fine and u can touch her no problem then out of the blue she'll have half hour of pain and swelling where you can't touch it. It's almost like a spasm
     
  4. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Its steroid responsive meningitis.

    If she were mine, id be looking at some diagnostics.

    A potential spinal issue isnt something id take the wait and see approach over.
     
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    frenchieblue PetForums Newbie

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    They've
    Taken her temperature and that was fine and so was her heart rate but that's all they've done.
    As I've said we are going to another vet tonight for another opinion.
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    One possible suggestion that it may be something called Atlanto axial instability sometimes also called atlanto axial subluxation
    Its caused by a problem in the joint in the first and second vertebrae in the neck this joint is different to the other bones or vertebrae in the neck and spine because there are no discs there, the joint is kept in place by just ligaments only. Subluxation or instability happens when there is problems with the alignment and it can be caused by injury although weakness can sometimes be a congenital problem in the first place.
    When the joint misaligns it causes neck pain and puts pressure on the nerves of the spine. Symptoms can vary a lot as to how bad it is
    but it would cause the sort of symptoms that you describe too.
     
  7. danda

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    Our Frenchie had terrible pain with spinal cord and the vet was not the greatest on this. Eventually wanted an answer and took him to a well known local clinic, there the specialist knew immediately that it was an exploded disc in his neck. This was confirmed by a scan and he was operated on immediatly after the scan. Many weeks of difficulty keeping him quiet, no jumping, stairs etc but 100% success. The screams of pain are horrible so happy all worked out. All the best for your dog.
     
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