Hey guys, we could use some good thoughts and any advice.
Bear with me while I try to get the history out.
MP’s had occasional seizures that began 7/9/14. After that, she’d had another 4 months later, then nothing for 10 months. Another 7 months went by, then possibly one on 4/22/16 (didn’t see—just came home and saw her sleeping in pee, which she’s just never done except when she was very sick long time ago). Then, one on 5/6, 7/17, 8/28, TWO on 9/10 (one at midnight, then 10 hrs later), then again today 9/12. When I show vets my videos, they call them mild seizures. Some of them, they thought could be partial or even syncope, but some vets are sure that the last few have been true seizures.
My regular vet wants to do x-rays of chest and abdomen, just to make sure. We ran blood test on Saturday because we just so happened to be at the vet doing laser when it happened again. Waiting on results.
I’ve been loosely following GARD protocol for diet, and have tried to eliminate things that are supposedly high in glutamates, like chicken neck broth that she used to get all the time.
Most of her seizures have happened when she was hopping (because gimpy) into the kitchen to come see me cooking her meals, or to come eat it. She’d arrive, lose balance, and have seizure. But recently, like the 9/10 midnight one and today—she had just eaten (9/10 was full dinner; today was a small morning snack because she was supposed to go to hydrotherapy and eat the rest there), and once she got back to her bed, she’d tumble and seize. They’ve ranged from about 8-45 seconds from the moment she falls over to the time she is unambiguously “back”—but, my counting is not always so great, and she might be done sooner. She sometimes pees or poops. The only time she vigorously paddled was her very first one—that was the most fierce one where she was breathing frantically and squealing. The other ones have been very quiet, mild twitchy, knock movement type stuff. She is immediately “OK” afterwards, although over the weekend she has been pretty low-key. I give her ice cream right after because I read it uses up so much energy that they need to replenish glucose. Vet didn’t have ice cream so she just got some more banana after the Saturday one. She eats 3 meals a day: 1) 8:30-ish; 2) 3:30-ish; 3) 8-ish.
She has been getting gabapentin for pain, which we increased this weekend due to seizures. She now gets 200 mg AM + 100 mg Afternoon + 200 mg bedtime. (Before, 100 + 100 + 200). She gets a ton of other supplements on rotation for pain and general maintenance, and my vets and I are pretty on top of them all, and none of them should be causing seizures—most of them are actually supposedly helpful for raising the threshold (e.g., GABA, theanine, DLPA, DMG).
She’s been pretty clumsy lately, even before the gabapentin++. It’s become a bit of a new normal that she tips over easily, but it really has been more frequent these last few days, for sure. She tipped over twice on Saturday, and she did it just before her seizure this morning, and also a few hours following (although this one could have been a misstep—I rarely see why she tipped over, but most times it’s obvious, like something in the way, or she tried to turn a certain way and just couldn’t.)
Another thing I have been noticing on occasion is her eyes seem kind of flat/dead, and it seems like a precursor to a seizure. (But might be confirmation bias!) Sometimes she’d sort of do a shudder, which my rehab vet described it as “old folks falling asleep in their spaghetti during lunch”—which does makes sense, but sometimes she seems to do it when I don’t expect her to be so fatigued. Nevertheless, the shudders do seem more like knee buckling after standing a while or something more muscle/nerve fatigue, though.
OK, starting to ramble so will try to stop! She is turning 14 in October for her fake birthday, and currently weighs 41.4 lb—I like her at 42+, but she’s lost muscle here and there, and I’m upping calories again. (We slacked a tiny bit because I was trying to give less fatty things when her poops were weird, and she got skinner. :S )
Thanks so much for reading, friends!
I appreciate any input!