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What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

Numbness, paralysis

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Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected.
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Dr. Philip W. Chao answered:

Can there be visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Well not really

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of course you can have injury only to your cord but usually since there is a very heavily muscled and ligamentous and bony structures surrounding your cord - they can be injured as well. Ask yoru physician if you have an associated injuries
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Dr. Atif Haque answered:

Does Chronic spinal cord injury usually have many symptoms?

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Spinal cord injury usually involves varying degrees of weakness, numbness, bowel or bladder problems, or difficulty walking. Depending on the cause, pain could also be a symptom.
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Dr. William Newton answered:

What are the major symptoms following a spinal cord injury?

Depends

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This depends on the level of injury and the extent of damage to the spinal cord. One can be classified with a spinal cord injury with only minimal weakness. Many think spinal cord injury equals paralysis. This is not the case. Many will have varying level of weakness, sensory loss and even bowel or bladder incontinence. The major symptoms are often weakness and sensory loss.
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What kinds of symptoms does someone with a spinal cord injury have?

Paralysis and more

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Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: partial or complete paralysis of muscles below the level of injury, loss of sensation below the injury level, and a change in function of the bowel and bladder. Most spinal cord injuries also result in spasticity of the muscles (unless the injury was low in the lumbar spine), accompanied by changes in blood pressure regulation and temperature regulation.
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld answered:

Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Not necessarily

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It is important if you are first on the scene and there is someone hurt not to move that person. If they have a spinal cord injury or if there is the potential for one, they need to be immobilized by qualified EMTs.
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Dr. Michael Gofeld answered:

What are the respiratory effects of spinal cord injuries at c7-8?

Minimal

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In such injuries the phrenic nerve remains intact. Only intercostal nerves aren't working; adaptation rapidly develops
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Dr. Kareen Velez answered:

Can men with spinal cord injury (C6 and C7) have sexual intercourse?

Yes

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The goal is provide treatment to achieve and maintain an erection. Erection can be achieve with oral or intraurethral medications. If medications are not effective, erection can be achieved by direct stimulation of the penis, penile vibratory stimulation device or vacuum penile pump device. To maintain erection, patients use a constrictor device or "cock ring." Do not use constrictors over 30 min.
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Dr. Robert Kent answered:

Supposing you have a c7 spinal cord injury. Woud you be considered a quadriplegic?

Yes

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Cervical spinal cord injuries are considered quadriplegic. It is based on the extremities affected. So at C7 upper extremities would be affected, leading to that naming of the paralysis.
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Im suffering from spinal cord injury c6/c7 complete. I can say that my hands function is 70% on its normal my legs are 0%. How to strenghten my legs?

Focus on arms

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I would suggest you focus on the arms now. The best recovery occurs one level below the level of your injury which means that you should work on the muscles of the arms (triceps) and hands as these will help you be independent with your own care. If you start getting any strength back on the legs then move to work on that.
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