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Not sure how many of you are on the GT facebook page but I posted the other day about Sara. She has been having trouble on and off with her back leg (only back leg - she's a tripod) but last week it got really bad and it was almost as if she was dragging it. I started giving her tramadol daily. She didn't seem to be in pain, just unable to walk very well. The vet came by today (I'm at work, she went to my house) and said that it's LS. She gave Sara a cortisone shot and we're hoping that will relieve some of her pain but she can only get that once a month. Accupuncture is an option if I can find someone local or at least close by. Another issue is her teeth. 6 months ago the vet checked them and they weren't that bad but since then, they've gotten very bad. The vet said she won't do a dental on her at this point. The vet is going to call me later so we can talk over the phone.

 

This is killing me. I don't want her to be in pain but I don't ant to let her go. It's that fine line again. I know someone posted a while back and list of some sort to help make this decision. Can someone send it to me please?

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Oh, I'm so sorry. You may want to consider gabapentin. It can really help with nerve pain especially spinal issues. Acupuncture is an excellent thing to try as well. Hope you find a combo that can keep her comfy & happy.

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Christine, I am so sorry to read of Sara's LS diagnosis - as if she hasn't gone through enough already. I think the LS is more critical to treat now than the teeth. Hopefully the shot kicks in and you can find an acupuncturist.

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Aston was diagnosed with LS in April. We noticed that he had hind-end weakness and shaking (in his 'good' leg -- he severely favors the other due to his recurrent-corn foot), was losing traction, and started refusing to go upstairs. We've had him on Robaxin (BIG help), tramadol and gabapentin. Not sure whether the latter two are helping. I've also had him on Cosamin and fish oil for awhile. I am thinking of looking into acupuncture, since he is still pretty shaky. It does suck to know that he's been diagnosed with one of the management-not-cured conditions :( , but we're doing our best to find the best combo for buddy. :grouphug to you and Sara.. as mentioned on Facebook, every LS situation is different. Keeping you both in my thoughts!

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I'm so sorry to see this. :grouphug

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Just hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I don't have that list but will see if someone else does.)

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Aw, Christine. This is so hard. Our Paulie is so frail and shakey so we tried cold laser treatment for him. It seemed to be working, but the car trip was killing him. Our vet is about 26 miles each way and Paul hates being in the car. He made himself so frantic, he literally collapsed at the vet. We took him for two treatments and he could make no more trips.

 

I put his food down and he runs to the dish, I pick up his leash and he heads toward the door, but most of the day he lays on his bed. He struggles to get up and laying down is worse. So what do we do. We love him and try to make the pain better. I can't make it go away. We continue to try anything that will work, until Paul gives up.

 

So, you see, I have no good advice for you. Just sending you and your girlie warm hugs from Delaware.

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There is a list (post #4) and a link (post #6) in this topic:

 

http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/296494-laryngeal-paralysis-in-an-almost-13-year-old/

 

I am so very sorry about Sara. :grouphug

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Gabapentin has made a huge difference with Joe's comfort level - he's been having mild issues for the past year that really flared up in January and went downhill in May and now that he's on gabapentin, he's no longer shaking or doing weird things with his bad leg.

 

We're also doing acupuncture and have seen some positive results with that :)

 

Sending you guys good thoughts!

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Missy has had LS for quite a few years. She will be 14 in August. She takes fresh factors, joint health plus for supplements. Accupuncture has helped her a great deal. Initially I didn't see improvement until after, maybe 4 treatments. She now gets it weekly. Luckily, she comes to the house. Has had depo shots. Had been on meloxicam for years ( no longer; can't tolerate it). She takes tramadol and gabepentin, (100mg/ 2-3 times a day). The addition of gabepentin helped a lot. Also was getting adequan shots. Now that is not available, we located a " generic" version: "Ichon" . I will be asking my vet about the addition of amantadine. I read on here it helps the other meds work better.

Sorry you are going through this.

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Missy has had LS for quite a few years. She will be 14 in August. She takes fresh factors, joint health plus for supplements. Accupuncture has helped her a great deal. Initially I didn't see improvement until after, maybe 4 treatments. She now gets it weekly. Luckily, she comes to the house. Has had depo shots. Had been on meloxicam for years ( no longer; can't tolerate it). She takes tramadol and gabepentin, (100mg/ 2-3 times a day). The addition of gabepentin helped a lot. Also was getting adequan shots. Now that is not available, we located a " generic" version: "Ichon" . I will be asking my vet about the addition of amantadine. I read on here it helps the other meds work better.

Sorry you are going through this.

 

Sara gets her first accupuncture tonight! I wonder if it's the same person???!!! Who is your vet? I might ask about adding gabepentin. The cortisone shot has helped. It took a few days but there is a remarkable difference. How much tramadol does she take? Sara's only on 1 pill a day but I might go up to 2x a day. She also takes deramaxx for her arthritis. She has SLO so she's also taking fish oil, vitamin E, niacinimide and an omega 3 mix.

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All the supplements in the WORLD will not--CAN NOT--help LS.

 

George is on Deramaxx (for overall inflammation since he is 11) and Gabapentin. He seems comfortable.


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No, supplements will not correct LS but sometimes certain supplements can aid certain dogs. There are supplements that can make a difference on inflammation & pain. Response varies considerably from one dog to another. Just as acupuncture can help but response varies with the practitioner and the individual dog. It is all trial & error with a hefty dose of YMMV. When things like supplements, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, etc do work you have the opportunity to keep the other meds to a minimum while still keeping your dog comfortable and happy. I wouldn't discourage someone from trying.

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No, supplements will not correct LS but sometimes certain supplements can aid certain dogs. There are supplements that can make a difference on inflammation & pain. Response varies considerably from one dog to another. Just as acupuncture can help but response varies with the practitioner and the individual dog. It is all trial & error with a hefty dose of YMMV. When things like supplements, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, etc do work you have the opportunity to keep the other meds to a minimum while still keeping your dog comfortable and happy. I wouldn't discourage someone from trying.

 

Exactly. Nothing will cure her but it's my job to make her as comfortable as possible for as long as possible and I'm willing to try everything within my means. (ok, maybe not everything but everything my husband will allow me - the $250 accupuncture was a hell no but if there wasn't an alternative, I would have considred it!!!)

 

I'm happy to say that Sara did well for her first accupuncture. She was nervous at first but calmed down and relaxed towards the end. I actually noticed a little difference already this morning so, fingers crossed!

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So glad for the positive update Christine!

 

I think she heard me talking to Fabio about possibly leaving her home for Grapehounds. :o

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