Masticatory Myositis

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Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:38 pm

Anyone have any experience with this disease?
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by birddogger2 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:38 pm

Yes I have. My youngest dog had symptoms about a year ago. He was about 3. I noticed he wasn't acting right... he yelped in pain when he went to grab a chew toy and such. When I tried to check out his mouth area he yelped in pain when I attempted to open it.

My large animal recommended for us to go to a local clinic for testing and treatment. She was pretty sure it was MM, based on what I had told her but wanted the dog worked up ASAP. Apparently with MM... time is of the essence.

They did some blood work and started treatment with a shot of Dexamethazone and a course of Prednisone as well as ten days of Clavamox. In about a week he was fine. Blood work all came thru fine. No problems with it since.

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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:58 pm

Well that is good to hear; thank you.

Testing( for the antibodies) -for my dog, 7 years old - started today and of course I'm upset about it. He also has a lump on his head; may be the temporalis muscle.

10 days I should know. When it comes to dogs it always seem like a problem for me sooner or later...... not to mention the BIG bucks.
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by dog dr » Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:46 am

dont wean down off the steroids too fast... thats the only issue ive ever had with treating it.

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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:05 pm

Really appreciate your advice. We are very lucky to have you on here. :)
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by marysburg » Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:15 pm

Sharon, what was the outcome for your dog?

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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:55 am

Well , we're back at stage 1. It was not Masticatory Myositis. Lump on his head is still the size of a big plum.
A new blood/fluid test has been sent to a pathologist. Expecting the results maybe to day or Monday.
Cancer is now a possibility ; I hope not, but trying to prepare mentally for whatever.
Dog is still suffering some- on pain meds though.
He's always loved his dog bones, but now can only carry them around - can't bite down. Hard to watch.

Thanks for asking; I appreciate it.
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:47 pm

update:

not cancer.....FNAs done twice- biopsy/chest x ray next, as the lump is accompanied by heavy duty coughing/choking.

We'll know Friday. Could be blastomycosis.
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by marysburg » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:17 pm

What an ordeal for both you and the dog. It's so frustrating when the doctors don't really know what is causing the dog so much distress. Hope he can hang in there until they get it figured out.

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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:59 pm

today's info from the vet: Problem isn't just on the bone but in the skull. Tumor or cyst?? Find out next week.
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Ricwoodard » Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:17 pm

Hope it all works out.

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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by Sharon » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:23 am

Well, it is a low grade tumor.....Apocrine adenomas in a sweat gland. Very uncommon. They grow slowly and there is no chance of recurrence following surgical extirpation. He see the specialist surgeon next week.
Appreciate the PMs/posts I've received; thank you.
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Re: Masticatory Myositis

Post by shags » Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:21 pm

Sharon, sorry to hear that it was a tough diagnosis. Day by day, may they be good ones.

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