[quote author=kizkiznobite link=topic=4760.msg71263#msg71263 date=1157787047] hi – am pleased you came back – was worrying about the wee lad
syringomyelia is a cyst that grows in the spinal area and presses on nerves – it is genetic in ckcs – lots of work has been done both here and in the states to try and isolate the genetic coding – contact your breed club – they will have lots of information – is the vet going to do a MRI scan?
poor lad – he is very young for this to start – have you contacted your breeder? it is important that s/he knows 🙁
Kizz Syringomyelia is actually a malformation of the skull which allows the brain to herinate out of the skull blocking the spinal column & preventing the Cerbral Fluid from draining out of the skull, this causes sphinx to form in the spinal column-it has nothiong at all to do with cysts on the spine. The syptoms can start as young as under six months 🙁
Jules-it is not the end of the world there is medication to relieve the symptoms & the pain when it occurs. From your first post I thought it was SM especially as you have a Cavalier(it does occur in other breeds but no one talks about it except in Cavaliers)
I just wanted to send hugs and :-* to your baby and you, and I hope you find a treatment that works well for him. sorry, I’ve nothing practical to advise, apart from I believe this board is great – I’ve not posted much at all, tend to lurk, but when I want advice with my 2 Cavvies, they’ve been great.