Sprained/pulled muscle in dog's neck... anyone been through this?
I am desperate. I'm not sure what for- assurance, advice. I don't know.
I have a 9 year old toy poodle named Frannie. On Monday she started screaming in horrible, horrible pain and it looked like it was something wrong with her legs. It happened again Tuesday, and Wednesday I was finally able to get her to the vet. She had another episode at the vet's office, and after an x-ray, my vet said she thought it may have been a slipped disk in her neck, but to be sure she sent the results off to a specialist. The specialist concluded that while it is possible she has a slipped disk, it is more probable that it is a muscle sprain/pulled muscle in her neck and there is probably some soft tissue damage (while not completely ruling out the slipped disk). The treatment is bed rest (they said I could have her out as long as I can watch her) and the following medications: a muscle relaxer (I believe it is the generic version of Robaxin), Rimadyl and Tramadol. She was doing okay Thursday and yesterday, but today she had two more episodes, one of which was particularly bad (although I'm pretty sure it's because my boyfriend was trying to pet her and she turned her head the wrong way). She was in her bed the second time, and its possible that she was digging around and twisted the wrong way (of course I turned away for ONE second when the second one happened). I have her in her crate now. I'm having somewhat of a mental breakdown and everyone around me is getting sick of me already. Everyone says that I have to give her a while to heal and that eventually these episodes will stop, but I thought the medication was supposed to make them stop. Has anyone had a similar experience where outbursts or episodes of pain happened after starting medication, and did it eventually stop? I've already called the emergency vet and it will cost $85 to have her examined there if I feel it gets to an emergency level. If I had the money I would do it in a second but I spent over $300 at the visit on Wednesday... I'm a 20 year old college student and simply don't have the money at the moment, and that's what freaks me out the most second to her episodes of pain. It's just killing me that she is in pain and I can barely stand it. Any advice or comments would be so appreciated. Thank you for reading...
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