21st August 2006, 05:11 PM
TedBear's coat and skin are really awful at the moment, he's shedding about three times as much hair as Rupert, and has very flaky skin. He's not scratching with it though, just the "normal" Syringomyelia scratchies...
I was wondering if anyone had noticed this as a side effect of Gabapentin?
He's been off the steroids completely for 7 weeks, and it's only really started in the last couple of weeks, so I don't think it's that.
I checked with his neuro at glasgow and she hadn't come across it...
He's had some sampels taken today...he was SO brave, looked a bit bewildered as to why Uncle Patrick was sticking sellotape all over him LOL and I took some coat brushings in, but we don't think it's parasites.
Im starting him on Viacutan, which is about the best coat supplement around, and if it doesn't settle, he might have to have blood tests to see if we can find what is going on. There is a very good skin specialist up in Thurso, about 1 1/2 hours from here so that is also a possibility.