My 20 Month (nearly 2) old cavvie Kizzy has started (about 5 weeks ago) to show signs of pain, we have taken her to the vet several times now and the vet has been unable to determine the cause of her pain or give us a diagnosis for anything. She said it could be a 'neck problem' because she has neck pain. She has just been giving us Rimadyl, which kizzy is normally much better on.
After researching hours on the internet i realised kizzy had many symptoms of syringomyelia. So when we went back to the vet I asked her if she thought it could be SM - she said no because she isn't scratching or showing signs of neurological damage. She prescribed rimadyl again.
Basically when Kizzys on the meds (rimadyl) she's much better but when she isn't -or sometimes even when she is, she is oviously in a lot of pain, which is heartbreaking to see. She walks around with her tail inbetween her legs, goes off her food, has difficuilty jumping onto beds and laps and can't bend down her neck for food (she lies her whole body down instead to eat). She has had two major pain episodes now which where painful to watch. Also when she is in a bad way she will hide away from me when she thinks i'm going to pick her up,(to put her on the bed) I believe this is because she is afraid i'll make it more painful. She also will not play at all when she's like this, she does'nt even bark at the cats! (very unusual). She has had a scratch occasionally lateley but nothing to significant. Basically when she's like this she is like a completley different dog, more like a 10-12 year old dog would act like.(normally and before she was ill she bounced around like a mad thing playing and constantly tail wagging)
Do these symptoms sound like any experience any of you have had with an SM dog? I know all the symptoms i have read through nearly every article regarding Sm on the internet but i would like to know if anyone has experienced this with any of their dogs? Are there other things it might be? I've heard of ear disease and Disk disease(uncommon in young dogs). Also do the symptoms of SM usually come on this quickley and serverly?
Also how is the best way to convince my vet we need an MRI? and does anyone know how long a dog can live on painkillers with syringomyelia?
If anyone could give any advice or support that would be great!