ramonaghan Posted December 10, 2015 Share Posted December 10, 2015 (edited) Sweep just saw the orthopedic specialist for her limping upon rising, which has been going on since August. She responds to NSAIDs, but the limp always returns--this last round, within just a few days of stopping them. Unlike our regular vet, the specialist was able to actually see the limp briefly in the office, and he watched the videos we've taken. Though my DH and I have sometimes had trouble determining which leg was affected and our regular vet felt strongly that it was the right front, the specialist was 100% sure it's her left front. He did an exam from nose to tail and took x-rays of the leg from shoulder to foot, and thankfully everything was clear. So now we have clear x-rays for the right front and neck and spine from August and November, and clear x-rays for the left front from December. Unfortunately, Sweep was very nervous at this new place and whined at pretty much anything he did to her, so he wasn't able to isolate the exact source of the pain. There is no swelling or any other visible indication of a problem. Her pads look clear, and the fact that the limp resolves with walking and responds to NSAIDs seems to rule out a developing corn. She has two twisted inner toes on her left foot, which we have always thought were indicative of a racing injury, but apparently not--they're just wonky and he believes unrelated to her current issue. So, the mystery remains. I am of course HUGELY relieved to have four months of clear x-rays behind us (I work myself up into a full-blown panic every time we have an appointment), but it's so frustrating to not have an answer. She is on another course of NSAIDs for three weeks (Meloxicam worked great but upset her stomach, Rimadyl had no GI side effects but didn't seem quite as effective, so now we're trying Previcox). We have a recheck with the specialist in four weeks. I have found a facility about 30 minutes away that offers acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, etc., so I'll be pursuing that in January if we're still in the same boat. She just turned 6 in October; I hate to think of having to keep her on an NSAID indefinitely. Anyone have any ideas? She is best in the morning and the limp upon rising worsens over the course of the day (we've curbed the running, but she is still leash walked 10-20 minutes three times a day). Could a soft tissue injury really take this long to heal? Edited December 10, 2015 by ramonaghan Quote Rachel with littermates Doolin and Willa, feline rivals Tootie and Richard, and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig. Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, feisty, silly Sweep. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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