So Sam is having issues. And not just little issues. Thursday night we were watching TV in bed and all of a sudden he jumps up and is writhing in agony. I was completely freaked out and caught off guard. I thought maybe he had a bug bite, or a tummy ache- but no his back and skin was twitching and retracting. He was having major back pain.
I did what I could to make him feel better overnight- gave him a full Derramax (25mg) and was up massaging him most of the night. We got very little sleep.
Friday morning I beg my way into an appointment. She doesn't know why it is happening but we talk about giving him meds on a regular basis. Right now I give him 1/2 Derramax when he seems especially stiff or sore. We also talked about the differences between Derramax, Metacam, and Meloxicam.
Basically Metacam and Meloxicam are nice because you can break up the dosage, but Derramax is select as to what type of inflammation it helps. Typically you see stomach type side effects on long term use of any of the three but the Derramax is a little more gentle on the tummy. So off I go- More Derramax in hand for another hellish night.
At 9:30pm I called the vet. It's not helping. Every 15 minutes or so he whines, gets up, shifts, tries to stretch, and is miserable. I do not want my dog in pain. She suggested trying a hot/cold compress. After some advice from some paramedic friends we started with the cold. He hated it.
I ended up moving to the couch- so he wasn't jumping on and off the bed every time a spasm came along.
Spoke with the vet again and now she'd like to try Tramadol for the pain- which is like Morphine. It will take the pain away and also make him a little drowsy. I am not sure how I feel about that.
Last night I called Sam's physiotherapist and she came right over to see him. She massaged him for almost an hour- it was by far the best night yet. But still he hurts.
I am picking up the Tramadol tomorrow. But I need more answers- I want to know why, and is this the "next step" in his disk disease- or is this merely a strain that will go away in a few days. Unfortunately there is no one here that can answer those questions.
Oh, and I'd also like to know why an MRI is more than $2000. And why bad things happen to very good dogs. I am very sad and stressed these days.