We finally got to Fitzpatrick Referrals, after an hour long hold up on the M25 and Flynn was sooo happy to be there, silly dog and really pleased to see Noel. Noel watched him walk and thought he may also have a back problem, because of how he walked. He tested his reflexes - all okay, then came the physical exam. He flexed the new hip stretching it right out, bending it up and rotating it round in circles, no pain and no reaction from Flynn. Then he did the same with his right hip - definitely pain there as Flynn let out a few loud yelps. Next he felt his spine, then crouched behind Flynn while five of us held him, lifted his back legs off the ground, while he had his chin on his spine (said he can feel movement that way) and flexed them out - Flynn cried in pain. So a problem with his spine is suspected. It could just be because Flynn has had to use his back to help compensate for the bad hip, also while he was recovering from the last op he hasn't had a good hip to rely on. So before the hip replacement today Noel is doing and MRI scan, he wants to see if there is any compression of the discs in the lower back, causing pressure on the nerves there, or if it's just due to back pain caused by compromising the right hip. We are very hopeful that it's the latter because if it's compression he would need medication, physiotherapy and acupuncture. Spinal surgery would be a last option but the other treatments would be used first. Either way the hip needs replacing as his back won't improve while he's using it to compensate for the hip. After all that stress and pain Flynn was still pleased to see everyone, no sign of aggression and happily went off with the nurse - he's such an angel and a really brave boy. So now just waiting for the call from Noel and keeping fingers crossed Flynn doesn't have a back problem to deal with too. His insurance has been a Godsend because without it my poor boy would not be able to cope with all of his problems and if in pain i'd have little option but to lose him.