Misty's being referred
Seeing as Misty is being referred to a Neurologist I thought I would start a fresh thread in this forum.
We went tonight to see our new vet for a second opinion. I was very impressed with him I have to be honest. He asked me about why I was concerned, I described her symptoms, and then he performed a very thorough exam. In the two and a half years that Misty has been with our previous vet, she has never had an exam like it, not even when we first took her in after getting her.
He twisted and turned her head and limbs all different ways, ran his hands all over her, and tested her reflexes. His hands running up either side of her spine set off a serious of spasms like I have never seen before, but then we don't put any pressure on her spine at home. The reflex test has shown up some unexpected and worrying results. He says she has very poor reflex reactions in her hindquarter, the back right(as you are looking face to face with her) is the worst. She is painfully slow to flip her feet over, and shows little reaction when he whacked her knees. He said that if he wasn't going to refer her to a Neurologist he would be doing spinal x-rays on her, however he says the Neuro will check that out as he will list his concerns in a covering letter to them. I asked what could cause these poor reflexes and he said there was a number of thing. It could be related to SM, nerve damage(unrelated to SM) or even an old injury which was left untreated.
While I am relieved that he doesn't think I'm crazy, like my old vet, I am equally disappointed that he thinks it's SM, not to mention the lack of reflexes in her hindquarters. I'm sure anyone who has been in the position to be getting a referral can understand the mix of emotions that I'm feeling. And obviously I'm struggling with guilt that I never made the decision to get a second opinion earlier. I've got to stay strong for my little stinky princess though, so will try and remain positive. After all she's still my furbaby no matter what we find out.
I've already contacted AXA to get the pre-authorization form from them, so we just need to wait on the call from Glasgow now.
Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.