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My dog is looking like she is in pain with her leg. She is

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My dog is looking like she is in pain with her leg. She is holding it up even when she is laid down but I know she hasn't hurt her leg. She has been twitching a bit too. Somehow I don't think it is her leg. Could it be chest pains. She yelped out a few hours ago when she was sat down.
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Can you please tell me which leg is involved and just what is twitching? I'm concerned that what you're seeing is more indicative of a central nervous system pain involving the leg rather than the leg itself - for example, a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease in an 8 year old Lhasa.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Left front leg. She was twitching at her back legs before but only for a few minutes. She has stopped now but she can't seem to settle.
Thank you for the additional information. When all four legs are involved, I'm concerned that the problem resides cranial (toward the head) to the front legs. A cervical (neck) myelopathy, then, such as a slipped disk, is an important differential diagnosis. Have you been noticing any other symptoms of a disk such as a change in posture - a "hunch" in her back or holding her head low or stiffly - vocalization when lifted or approached, trembling/shaking, difficulty in jumping up or down or navigating steps, or a change in behavior such as a normally social dog becoming reclusive or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy"?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
No, these symptoms I have spoke about are the first ones that I have seen. She is lying down now with her left leg lifted but no twitching and no other symptoms
Thank you. It would be prudent to keep Rocha as quiet as possible over the next few days. She may have simply sprained or strained herself rather than have suffered the more severe slipped disk. Time will tell - simple soft tissue injury should resolve within a week or so. A simple disk may take up to three weeks to quiet down.

Most important...if you see evidence of paresis (weakness) or paralysis develop in any of her limbs, she would then require immediate assistance from her vet who would administer a potent antiinflammatory drug and a narcotic analgesic after peforming a thorough examination of her spine. For now, administering aspirin at a dose of 20mg/kg with food twice daily should be helpful. Avoid ibuprofen, naproxen, and paracetamol.

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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you in a few days for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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May I have an update on Rocha, please?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Rocha is fine now thank you. She seemed ok once she had slept it off. Thank you so much for your help.

That's good to hear. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

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