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post #11 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Vet finally came here today.
After 3 hours, flexing tests, ultrasound and x-rays he said that calcium is accumulating on her sacroiliac joint.
He gave her 2 injections directly to the joint and she's on bute for this week.
He will come back in 2, 3 weeks and give her the injections again.

He said she probably will be rideable, but it will happen again.

He didn't really explained me why this is happening.

Your opinion, experience?
What can I do for her?

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post #12 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 01:04 PM
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Is it his opinion that this is arthritis? Did he have any other management strategies?
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post #13 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 01:22 PM
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I see a little something funny in the back end. A little something in the front, but I think it looks high up, hip, stifle.
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post #14 of 25 Old 11-29-2011, 05:22 PM
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I agree that it is in the rear. I think the right is worse. My yearling would drag his back legs like that and he was just diagnosed with OCD of the stifle. Good luck with her.
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post #15 of 25 Old 11-30-2011, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Is it his opinion that this is arthritis? Did he have any other management strategies?
He didn't say it is arthritis. He used words arthrosis and ossification. I don't know how he knows that.

Firstly he watched her trot and we talked about her weird standing habit. Then he touched her on her back and legs. He thought the problem was in both stifles, and maybe in the sacroiliacal joint, said that she is completly stiff there.

Then he watched her trot and noticed how she carries her tail and then he asked me about how often she's in heat, if anything is weird, and I told him she's in heat more than other mares and that it is very obvious. He was worried about how she carries her tail and he said she may have a tumor on ovaries.

After saying that he did flexion tests and she was dead lame. Then he sedated her and did ultrasound to see if anything is wrong with her womb and ovaries. Everything was fine, no tumor

When he was doing rectal palpation he commented on her reaction, she seemed in pain.

He took x-rays of her stifle and hock. Nothing wrong there either. He said the pain in stifle is probably because she works more with stifles to ease the pain in sac. joint.

After all this he said that calcium is building up a bone on her sacroiliacal joint.

How can he know that calcium is building up on her sac. joint? I can't find a word about calcium on sac. joint on the internet, only injuries of soft tissue or joint itself.

He didn't talk much about the managment of this condition. I asked him 3 times what does that mean for her and he didn't answer me directly - only about bones and calcium. I want to know in how much pain she is and what actually the injections he gave her do, but he didn't explain it much. He only said this could stop or slow down the process.

He said she can go to the field next day and that we'll see how much the injections help in 2, 3 weeks, and that he will probably repeat the injections then.
I asked him if she'll need medications all the time and he said no.

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Yeah, I don't have any experience with this, and haven't heard a whole bunch about it, so I'd just cross my fingers that she gets some good relief from the injections, then corner him and demand answers the next time he's out.
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post #17 of 25 Old 11-30-2011, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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I hope she gets better. She is in pain today, not getting better at all, but I guess it will take some time.
He's a good vet, he should get her better.
I will be completly happy even if she can only be a pasture ornament.

But I still hope it's only a sacr. joint soft tissue injury and she's in pain because of inflamtion...

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post #18 of 25 Old 12-03-2011, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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It's been 4 days since the injections and getting bute, but she's not better. It's the same.
She still stands funny. She's trotting and bucking when she's out and she's not lame when she is very excited, but when she calms down she's lame again.

And a stupid question: she doesn't want to eat bute if it's in her beet pulp, so I mix it in mashed apples. Is that a bad thing to do?

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post #19 of 25 Old 12-03-2011, 09:29 AM
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Did the vet suggest chiropractor or massage? I think it may help a great deal.
Bute is fine in mashed apples LOL.
There are some great articles about treatment that explain the Sacroiliac Joint very well. If you google it you will find much needed information.
Im glad u know what is wrong now.
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-03-2011, 09:36 AM
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Here is an article that might help explain some things including how calcification can occur and where.
http://www.spinalvet.com.au/downloads/sacro-iliac.pdf
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