feline acromegaly

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    feline acromegaly

    My 11-year-old cat was recently diagnosed with acromegaly.  The diagnosis came after many months of uncontrolled diabetes, confirmed with a blood test that picked up high levels of growth hormone.  We have him on high doses of ProZinc, which has really helped cut down on his thirst and excessive urination...  however, his hind legs continue to lose strength.  We had hoped that his mobility would improve as his sugars stabilized, but instead he continues to struggle to walk (he walks very "flat-footed") and climb the stairs.

    Is there any hope that he'll regain proper use of his hind legs?  Or at the very least, is there anything else we can be doing to ensure that he doesn't lose the use of his hind legs completely?
     
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    Re: feline acromegaly

    Answer by Dr. Lisa Moses of Angell Animal Medical Center's Pain Medicine Service: Cats with diabetes can frequently develop issues with the nerves that control the hind legs (similar to diabetic humans and the nerves in their legs). For many cats with the more common diabetes mellitus, controlling the diabetes well is needed to reverse this problem. However, it is notoriously difficult to control the symptoms in cats with acromegaly and diabetes mellitus. The fact that your cat’s thirst and urination have improved are positive signs that you are making some progress with diabetic regulation, however it is important that your kitty’s blood sugar is also well controlled. That may be the key to reversing this problem. Talk to your internist about this and if the diabetes is well controlled I suggest that you see a neurologist. If your cat is faced with long term neuropathy he may require physical therapy, some specialized pain medications, and possibly braces or splints to enable his movement.
     
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    Re: feline acromegaly

    Kitties!
     
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    Re: feline acromegaly

    If you haven't already, check out http://www.felinediabetes.com Smile There is a wealth of information there on how to manage your cat's diabetes in conjunction with your vet's advice and treatment. There's a great message board there to get advice as well.

    Also check out http://catacromegaly.com/501.html for more info on how to manage diabtes in a cat who also has acromegaly.

    Neuropathy (the walking on flat hocks problem) can be treated with methyl B12 (aka methylcobalamin, very different from regular B12 cyanocobalamin). This web site has more info: http://laurieulrich.com/jasper/ Some vets may be skeptical of giving methyl B12 to cats but it does work as you can see just by asking around on the FelineDiabetes.com message board. Excess methyl B12 is safetly excreted through the urine.
     
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