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Hey all, as in my previous posts i thought my female beardie was pregnant as she was showing the signs so i put her a lay box in and nothing happened, she all of a sudden a few days ago just stopped going mad, i put her food in and she limped towards it so i took her to the vets the following day and they did some blood tests and said her kidney might be enlarged and is pushing on a nerve in the back legs, they gave me some meds and said go back in 2 - 3 weeks for more blood tests

however i have been watching her for the last few days and it looks like her front right leg that is damaged, she wont put any weight on it and looks swollen, should the vets have checked this or is it worth taking her back asap to get it xrayed?

also in various points of her body every now and then twitches for a few seconds then stops, this has happened for a few years but has got worse, more frequent and in more parts of her body recently

any ideas or get her back to the vets?
 

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they also palpated her stomach and probed her to look for eggs and said they couldnt see anything so have removed the lay box, they said the best way is ultrasound but they are confident she isnt egg bound
 

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Back to the vets she goes.
 

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Back the vets agreed here hope you find out what's up with your beardie, have you had the dragon since it was a baby? wonder if it could be a stroke perhaps with twitching and moving slowly? I am probably wrong but as i said take it to the vets they will hopefully find out the problem.

Best of luck
 

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sounds like it could be MDB?

i had a beardie off a private seller a few months back and as i was new to it i didnt realise what to look for but on taking him to the vet the vet told me it was MDB which is basically calcium deficiency and weak bone structure.

mine had a bad case of the "twitches" and basically used his front legs to crawl around his viv :( it wasnt plesant to watch either and was quite heartbreaking considering he was my first. i gave him to a friend who has looked after beardies for a long time as like i say he was my first and i wasnt clued up with how to look after a sick beardie.

from what i can gather now its because the previous owners never gave him any calcium with his food and also the UVB light that was in the viv hadnt been changed in a long time(they are suppose to be changed every 6 months).

it maybe worth while changing the UVB light if it hasnt been changed in a while and also getting the calcium powder(available from all reptile shops) and coating the beardies food with this.

i still see my first beardie once a week so i can see hes getting better and he has come on leaps and bounds!!

im no expert and im not claiming to be but from reading the O.P and from previous experiences i would say that theres a good possibility that this is the case.

either way i hope you manage to get your beardie through this and back to his/her normal self :D
 

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Agreed on MBD.

The most obvious symptoms include swollen painful joints, slow painful movements and muscle twitches/spasms.

Get back to the vet asap, and tell them you suspect MBD.

Is your vet a rep specialist???? Or just a regular vet? You need to find a vet experienced in rep's as most vets wouldn't have a chance in hell of noticing something like MBD. If she's a specialist, then tell her everything you've noticed however slight, as it all adds up, and she needs all the info you can give her to get a decent diagnosis.... beardies are good at soldiering on and hiding a lot of symptoms so study her activity before the appointment and make sure you know everything you can to pass on to the vet.
 

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hey all, i have had her since she was a few years old and i did mention the twitching but i think the vet misunderstood me

i am taking my tort in tomorrow and have spoke to the vet and he said i can take her in again to have a look

he said before he did the bloods how MBD is different in babies and adults and her calcium levels are fine (results from blood tests), UV tubes have been replaced within the last 6 months to the new arcadia t5 12% bulbs with reflectors on, yes it is true you should replace them often (everywhere you read is different) however i spent £150 on a solarmeter 6.2 to test the levels of UVB and they are very high compared to my old t8 bulbs and i test them regularly (which reminds me i need to test them lol) but yeah what your saying is spot on however her blood test confirmed that all is okay so see what they say tomorrow, its horrible seeing her struggle to walk and just laying there, feel dead guilty

had her and a male for the best part of 6 years, bred them once 2 and a half years ago then they have been separated since, she has a 6ft and he has a 4ft however my dad has just picked up my 6 foot for the male so they both have big cages, love them to pieces and forever splashing the cash on them :D
 

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hey i use asleigh veterinary centre and been told they are a specialist vets however they do all sorts of animals
 

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Yes he can test the level of calcium in her blood, but calcium deficiency also throws up "chemical markers" if that makes sense....

I'd ask for a double check tbh.

Sounds like you take the best care though!! :)

Otherwise ask for a full physical, including x-ray.
 

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I agree with others regarding a recheck. I did try to post earlier but my phone screwed up. At that time I thought MBD too but with the OPs latest post that sounds less likely. Gout was the other thing that sprung to mind. Im not sure if the.previous blood test would have looked at uric acid levels etc. May be worth mentioning to the vet. Good luck and I hope she is better soon. Setup and husbandry sounds superbb.
 
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hey all, back from the vets, he said her uric acid levels we're high and could be gout, like "Mal" mentioned, i mentioned MBD and he said its more common in babies and would of shown up in the bloods, i didnt ask about calcium-phosphorus levels because im guessing hes checked them, he felt her arms and checked them and is going to do xrays, i will see what he says and mention another blood test however she is having more in 3 weeks after her meds but obviously if there is something wrong i cant leave it that like
 

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Poor mite! Have you tried giving her cali/phoenix worms? If she is suffering calcium wise, they might help, plus they are nice and soft, easy to chew. I hope they find out what is wrong with her soon :(
 
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