Guest porkysmom Posted July 29, 2008 Share Posted July 29, 2008 A quick update on Porky, who woke up last Wednesday unable to use his back legs. He's been back up and able to walk since Thursday night, but the poor guy is still wobbly on those back legs, and a bit on the front right one from time to time, too. However, he doesn't seem to care - he's snuck past DH to run up the stairs, jump on the couch ... all the bad things he's not supposed to be doing! Porky went to a neurologist on Saturday and she's convinced that it's not FCE and her main three ideas of what it might be are Valley Fever since he raced a lot in Arizona (we're waiting to hear back from the lab on that test), a spinal neuro something or other (he yelped and flung around at her when she applied pressure to a vertebrae close to his tail ... maybe 3 up from his tail ... he was totally fine when she applied pressure to the rest of his spine), or a neck neuro something or other that is causing the problem in his legs. At this point, we are trying to rule everything else out before we commit to the $1,500+ MRI that she suggested (she wasn't pushy, it was just an option). So for now Pork is on Tramadol and Gabapentin for the pain, and on serious doggie bed rest in his crate, which he HATES! Which leads me to our newest problem - we can't sleep! Porky has spent his 5+ years with us sleeping in our room (which is now upstairs) and the last several years sleeping in our bed with us. His crate is set up in the living room where we can keep an eye on him during the evening, and also where it is cooler in the house during the hotter days. For the first few nights one of us would sleep on the couch downstairs near him and that seemed to appease him. But apparently he's tired of that and he will whimper and cry ALL night long even if we are down there with him. God forbid we both try to go upstairs to bed - then he whines, cries, whimpers, and barks non stop. The only thing that seems to appease him is sleeping next to his crate (yes, on the hardwood floor) and opening his crate door; he is a good boy and will stay in his crate at this point. He's not getting the rest he needs, and DH and I are each working on about 3-4 hours of sleep today. I have a call in to the neuro to see if she can recommend anything to help him with this anxiety or whatever it is. He even gets his pain meds right before we go to bed, so we hoped that would make him a bit drowsy but they aren't. Can someone suggest something to help all three of us get some rest? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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