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Jen
15th September 2005, 03:47 PM
Abbey's SM symptoms are still occuring, and we've decided to move forward with a MRI; this is scheduled for November. In the meantime, we've started her on Furosemide to help ease her symptoms. Once we know for sure what we're dealing with, we'll then a make a decision as to how to manage it. I'm convinced it's SM though, her symptoms read like a book. I'll be very surprised if her MRI comes up clear. We're working with an excellent neuro at the U of M, and our regular vet is also in the loop. We feel encouraged by the support of both.

Karlin
15th September 2005, 06:03 PM
I'm sorry you have these worries with Abbey. Good luck with the MRI and I know you'll have the support of people on this board as well. I think given the results of research projects that SM is a real possibility (as I know you already know), even if she weren't symptomatic -- as more than 50% of asymptomatic cavaliers showed up with SM in some form. The key thing really is the degree of mildness to severity and what the MRI will show. If it IS SM, I'll sure be hoping it is manageable and a mild form. I know you have taken all the right steps in pinpointing what the problem might be, and in choosing treatment options. icon_thumbsup That is really the right path -- eliminating other causes, learning what you can about SM, and thinking through what is best for you and for Abbey as a next step.

Bruce H
15th September 2005, 08:08 PM
Good luck; I'll say some prayers for you and Abbey.

Bruce

Jen
15th September 2005, 10:45 PM
Thanks much everyone. We're in the midst of all the research and have options, which is very encouraging. I'm sure we'll feel better just knowing what we're dealing with.

GudrunTheRed
16th September 2005, 12:01 AM
Chester and I will pray for you guys too. Keep your chins up...things will work out for the best.

Maxxs_Mummy
16th September 2005, 12:18 AM
OH Jen {{{{{{{{Jen and Abbey}}}}}}}} as you know Maxx has SM and since he started on his treatment he is a happy little dog again & so is Alison's Annie. they still want to play and do things the others do they just seem to get tired easily and of course they get their 'itchy scratchies'.

I hope if Abbey has SM then it IS only mild. It really is very copeable in the milder forms as I'm sure Karlin will agree.

Just PM me if I can help at all


Donna :~)
XXXX

Nicki
25th September 2005, 06:40 PM
Dear Jen

I'm so sorry to read this news about your beautiful Abbey.

As you may remember, Rupert has SM too. He is managed holistically, but does have homoeopathic remedies made from conventional medicines {no side effects!}. These include Frusemide, and since starting this, he has been much better.

Paws and fingers crossed that Abbey will only be mildly affected, sending positive healing thoughts too.

Jen
26th September 2005, 09:02 PM
Welcome back Nicki! Yes, I remember Rupert's situation, and Abbey is now on Furosemide as well. We have our appt in November for the MRI and until then we're hoping this will help her symptoms. So far we haven't really noticed a change, but it's only been a week so we'll see.
I'll keep you posted, thanks for your support too!