Originally Posted by revolutionrocknroll
Keeping her quiet is impossible. I've been carrying her up and down the stairs of our apartment and she hasn't been on any walks for a week. But in the apartment she doesn't walk. She runs and jumps and prances and bounces. She jumps on and off furniture for the hell of it. I've been trying to keep her leashed or carry her around with me inside but she's still doing a lot of jumping on and off of the furniture before I can catch her or block her. This is so frustrating and futile.
Definitely going to make an appointment for acupuncture next week if this "rest and give more pain meds for two weeks" doesn't work for the third time. I feel like all of this pain management stuff is just a bandaid and not addressing the actual problem.
I'm so sad because deep down I know her back's going to get worse and worse as she gets older and she's just going to be in pain for her entire life.
Usually crate rest is recommended because when the dog begins to feel better (which the meds should help to happen faster than the back is actually "better") they will no longer restrict themselves, or some will persist in activity even when painful. If she can't be crated, can you use an expen? Activity restriction is really the lynchpin of resolving/managing back issues for most dogs, and I would guess is probably why you aren't seeing improvement. It sucks for you and the dog, but is temporary and gives you the best opportunity for them to be able to return to normal activity levels without pain.
I've had 2 dachshunds, and both have have mild/moderate disc issues, which in most cases (3 of 4) resolved completely with strict rest (4-8 weeks) and meds (steroid, muscle relaxer, pain med, adequan). The episode that didn't completely resolve was my 15 year old Annie, who continued to show some proprioception deficits (front legs would sometimes interfere with each other), but seemed pain free. Outside of that, they were able to slowly resume normal activities after their rest period, and they aren't/weren't couch potatoes! A coworker of mine had a dog who had disc surgery because she had difficulty restricting him and couldn't get his pain managed with medication alone. Super expensive ($9000) and required even more strict rest for the 8 weeks following surgery, but the dog is doing well now.
You might try supplementing with either a tested joint supplement or ask your vet if they think Adequan might help. I used it with both of my dogs, as a last ditch effort when Annie didn't appear to be improving the first episode, then with subsequent episodes for both dogs because it seemed to help (she improved steadily after starting it, but I don't know if because of that or just because she was going to get better at that time). It isn't very expensive for a small dog, and has minimal side effects- worth a try
You might also check the Dodger's List website/email group ( Dodgerslist: canine back problems, all things IVDD
), it's probably the most concentrated source of information on IVDD available, and was even recommended by the neurologist who performed my coworker's dog's surgery. Someone there may have experienced what you are and have more suggestions.
Good luck, and I hope she feels better soon!