I saw the neurologist today. Buster is going in for an MRI and probably surgery on Thursday, after which he’ll need 4 weeks of strict bed rest.
The doctor said, assuming the MRI shows the disc issue he thinks it is, he has about a 95% chance of full recovery with no more pain. He still has the burgeoning IVDD, so we’ll need to be careful, but if all goes well he’ll be off bed rest and be able to live a mostly normal life.
I’m worried about the surgery, and I hate hate hate that he’s going to have to go back to boarding. But I’m glad we’re finally doing something — he’s been getting worse and worse, and it’s horrible to watch him in pain.
In the meantime, the neurologist gave him better drugs, so hopefully he’ll be more comfortable for the next few days.