17th September 2013, 09:57 AM
Me and Merlin are making progress with medicines
Well after many weeks now of Vestibular Disease, Middle Ear Disease, and finding out Merlin has Chiari Malformation, we were put on Frusemide by our neurologist. I read many comments on here about Frusemide not being used much any more, and as time went on his condition wasnt improving.
In the last week he has begun to limp very bad on his front legs. When he gets up he yelps, when he moves around he yelps, and when we try and take him for a walk his front legs buckle and give way, thus ending up with him falling down and sometimes even hitting his chin on the ground.
We took him to our local vets last night, he had a full examination of his legs/paws, pulled his legs in all directions, pulled his head in all positions, opened his jaw wide, checked his ears. The vet couldnt find anything wrong and not once did Merlin yelp, however the minute we walked out of the consulting room.....he yelped (Typical)
The vet seemed to think this yelping is being caused from Neurological pain, and thats its all linked to this Chiari Malformation. However he said his CM is only mild and with him being nearly 7, the CM would have been with him for years, and its very strange how all these symptoms/yelping pains seem to be occuring now at the exact time when the CM was seen on MRI (all very coincidental he said)
Anyway, the vet said if the Frusemide is not doing much then he wants to start him on Gabapentin (now I have heard some of you mention this drug before) So now he's on 2 of these each day for 10 days to see how he goes, then he can possibly have the dosage increased for a longer period of time.
Can anyone give me any more information in to Gabapentin, and if you used it or have used it before....and of course what results you saw with this drug. Its not much progress but at least other options are being tried out