So, Sammy's pain is back again. This is a long, blabbery post - so please bear with me.

I wrote about Sammy's health problems recently in the health section with the title 'spondylsis'. As I expained there, I'm pretty sure he has SM but I can't afford the MRI yet (horrible to admit, since I literally would (and have) protected him like he's my child). He was having severe pain for a week or so, scratching so much he was bleeding. Then the vet gave strong antibiotics hoping that it would turn out to be an inner ear infection. I also asked her to prescribe omeprazole. After a few days on both the antibiotics and omeprazole he was much better, and I was already rejoicing it was just an infection. However, after taking him off omeprazole a few days ago, the pain came back. This time it seems to be concentrated around one eye. He's rubbing his eye constantly and flinching if I touch him on that side of his head. It makes me sick to the stomach to watch him. He's been on Metacam all this time and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

I'm still waiting for the prescription from the Helsinki neurologist for gabapentin. What I'd like to ask about here is omeprazole. Since it seems it wasn't an infection, I think it must have been the omeprazole that made the difference. However, the vet says omeprazole is only for short term use.

My questions:
Has anyone used Omeprazole for a long time?
What dosage?
What risks would be involved?

If the omeprazole really did make such a big difference to his pain, I would be prepared to take some risks. If his present pain continues, he simply won't be with me for much longer anyway.

This feels like a bad dream that keeps returning