Pinched nerve - did x ray make it worse?
Hi everyone, it's been quite some time since we've posted.
About 11 years ago hubby and I created a profile and spent hours browsing through the posts on Germanshepherds.com soaking up as much info as we could in preparation of welcoming our new bundle of joy. That little bundle was originally supposed to be a female named Sasha hence the user name we chose but fate had another plan for us and we welcomed a little baby boy who we named Bogart.
That little furry bundle of fluff is now 11 years old and not doing so well and it's breaking our hearts.
For the past year or so his hind end started to get weaker. Our long walks were cut to short jaunts around the block and in April the vet prescribed him Metacam for pain and inflammation. This seemed to work well for him and for a while he was a different dog. We cut back the dosage to a couple times a week when we knew he was going be more active.
About 3 weeks ago he started limping, favoring his right hind leg to the point where he was dragging and knuckling. Took him back to the vet and she decided to try him on Previcox as she thought putting him through and x ray would be too hard on him at that point due to the sedation and having to manipulate his legs.
Two weeks later we are back for his follow up as he showed no improvement. She decides to do the x ray . He has 2 fused vertabrae in his back and a bony calcium build up (bone spur ?) that is pinching a nerve. So pinched nerve was the diagnosis and he was sent home with Gabapentin along with the Previcox.
That was Thursday, he slept well that night but the next day his mobility was much much worse and he could barely manage to lift either of his hind legs. I called the vet's office Friday afternoon and they told me it was likely due to having to manipulate his legs so much for the xray. They said to keep him quiet on the weekend, give him the meds and use a sling to bring him out to do his job . It's now Sunday and there is no improvement, to top it off he had some diarrhea which may be due to the medication or the treats we've been given him because .....well we just wanted to give him something special at this point.
Side note, Bogart is 125 lbs, he is not fat , he is just a really big GSD. Also we love our vet , she is awesome and she truly cares for her patients.
Has anyone ever had an experience where the x-ray positioning caused their dog to be worse then he was before? It's heartbreaking to see him this way and I'm preparing myself to make a decision I don't want to make.
Bogart 11 years old GSD
"He/she is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
Last edited by Sasha2008; 01-20-2019 at 09:47 AM.