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Overflow incontinence from sacral spine injury. Is it possible to have surgery done to keep urethra open permanently. No other options is this posibl?

Overflow incontinence from sacral spine injury. Is it possible to have surgery done to keep urethra open permanently. No other options is this posibl?

Overflow incontinenc: Before doing a procedure to improve your quality of life, your bladder function needs to be studied to insure there is nothing going on that will negatively impact your kidney function. Then, based on the result, things can definitely be done to help you such as starting intermittent catheterization. Good luck! ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

How can I get comfortable after a spine injury?

Hope superficial: If merely a soft tissue problem, should respond to heat, relaxation, perhaps massage or acupuncture. Recommend an otc anti-inflammatory such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. If things do not stabilize after a few days, check with doctor about more intensive evaluation. ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell the severity of my spine injury after handstand fall?

How would I be able to tell the severity of my spine injury after handstand fall?

What symptoms?: You will need to see a spinal specialist to evaluate you and then diagnose your injury (if any), and then recommend appropriate treatment. A simple fall can lead to no injury or major injury like a spinal fracture/dislocation which may lead to immediate onset vs. Later onset neurologic deficit. ...Read more

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I have a spine injury. I had deep tissue massage 3 days ago and have been heavily nauseated since with increased GERD symtpoms. Is this normal?

I have a spine injury. I had deep tissue massage 3 days ago and have been heavily nauseated since with increased GERD symtpoms. Is this normal?

Possible as GERD can: Be related to stress as with an injury and with certain prolonged postures as with a deep tissue massage if you were face down and flat on a table reflux would be more apparent. This also may be related to medication such nsaids if using them for your injury as well. Speak to your doctor about these symptoms. ...Read more

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Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Would cortisone shots help for my whiplash spine injury, I am losing the fight to try stay positive, being in pain I just can`t take it much longer?

Neck pain: Cortisone shots are a mainstay for the treatment of neck pain. Whiplash injury is an outdated term and really doesn't describe the type of problem that you are suffering from. See a neurosurgeon to help explain the problem and to develop a focused treatment plan to reduce or eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

What are some ways to recover from a spine injury?

Rehab: Rehab may optimize recovery form spine injury. Treatment depends on the type of injury, if surgery was required and the presence or absence of weakness, paralysis or bowel and bladder problems. Usually physical therapy plays a large part in the rehab process which may include walking, core and extremity strengthening. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bowel complications after spine injury, what to do?

Bowel complications after spine injury, what to do?

Have you met with a: Physiatrist with spinal cord training? This can be a difficult situation and I am sorry to hear you are having these issues. One of the most important things to help control bowel issues is to get on a strict bowel routine. Different medications can help this routine, depending on the level of your injury and sticking with the routine can help a great deal. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Why isn't my upper spine injury (from squatting) not healing?

Need clarification: Is there pain? Fracture? Nerve or ligament inj? Are you continuing squats? If there is no fracture, ligaments attached to vertebrae may be torn/stretched & heal poorly; you have a disc problem; nerve inj; or vertabra (e) is/are stuck.Prolotherapy could help heal ligaments, but you need a proper diagnosis. Good history & physical incl osteopathic hands-on exam might find problem. Manipulation may help. ...Read more

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What is a strong painkiller with a relatively low or moderate risk of dependance for back/spine injury?

What is a strong painkiller with a relatively low or moderate risk of dependance for back/spine injury?

Tramadol: Tramadol is fairly strong pain killer, specifically when combined with NSAID and have very low potential for addiction. ...Read more

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Any suggestions relieve pain from neck & head pry due to tension and old spine injury besides lying down? Have cpl stretches but they don't work.

Any suggestions relieve pain from neck & head pry due to tension and old spine injury besides lying down? Have cpl stretches but they don't work.

Stress relief: According you your self diagnosis, stress, which is an overly common issue, I have some recommendations. Stretching, use of hot/cold packs, consider massage, yoga, physical therapy, even chiropractic. Look at reducing stress - important. Consider a traction trial at pt, which you can self administer at home if effective. Look at changing your pillow, and try to sleep on your back. ...Read more

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Can I treat cervical spine injury at home?

Can I treat cervical spine injury at home?

Spine injury: After the patient has been evaluated by a neurosurgeon to ensure there is no instability or spinal cord compression that would require surgery, the patient will often receive neck exercises to do at home that reduce pain, muscle spasm and increase range of motion. Moist warm heat and ice may be used in conjunction with the exercises. ...Read more

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How to clear an ER patient with a suspected spine injury?

How to clear an ER patient with a suspected spine injury?

X-ray: And examination should be done. Depending on what happened a CT scan or MRI maybe needed but are not requirements. ...Read more

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How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

How bad does your neck/spine injury have to be to require surgery?

Bad enough. . . .: If you have a diagnosis that clearly explains the source of your pain, then the decision for surgery depends on how bad the pain is versus how risky the surgery might be. The most important part is to be as sure as possible you have the right diagnosis and that the surgery is as safe as possible. When the disability is bad enough to significantly affect your life, you're ready. ...Read more

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Would you be able to see an old spine injury from a fall in 2010 on a current MRI if so what would you see?

Would you be able to see an old spine injury from a fall in 2010 on a current MRI if so what would you see?

Potentially: An MRI is a pretty sensitive test for the spine. It would show if you have sustained any damage to the discs, veterbrae, facet joints and ligaments of the spine in general. ...Read more

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My husband has been suffering from a spine injury where it left him with burning in his feet and a bad rash. Always in pain what can I do?

My husband has been suffering from a spine injury where it left him with burning in his feet and a bad rash. Always in pain what can I do?

Neuropathy: This sounds like neuropathic pain. I would discuss this with your doctor, there are medications that one can take to help alleviate this discomfort so that we can try to take the edge off of his discomfort in his legs. Please be well and follow up closely at the advice of your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can recovery possible if the nerve has been compressed in an spine injury and where the patient lost sense?

Can recovery possible if the nerve has been compressed in an spine injury and where the patient lost sense?

Depends on degree: Of nerve compression and how long it happened. Normally, if sensation below the level of a spinal cord injury is affected and has not returned in the first year, it is commonly permanent. Spinal cord injuries and prognosis is a very complex issue though and it is difficult to say with limited history. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could recovery possible if the nerve has been compressed in an spine injury and where the patient lost sense?

Could recovery possible if the nerve has been compressed in an spine injury and where the patient lost sense?

Depends on degree: Of nerve compression and how long it happened. Normally, if sensation below the level of a spinal cord injury is affected and has not returned in the first year, it is commonly permanent. Spinal cord injuries and prognosis is a very complex issue though and it is difficult to say with limited history. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Can you tell me the main symptoms of cervical spine injury?

Possibly: You could have any combination of pain, weakness, numbess, tingling, bowel or bladder problems, breathing problems, or even problems maintaining your blood pressure. ...Read more

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What causes leg spasms, had spine injury, can't walk or move legs?

What causes leg spasms, had spine injury, can't walk or move legs?

Can't move legs...: That's very strange, unless you have a true spinal cord injury... Please have yourself evaluated soon as true weakness is a bad sign....! ...Read more

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Could a relatively minor spine injury cause dystonia (movement disorders)?

Could a relatively minor spine injury cause dystonia (movement disorders)?

No: Minor spine injuries do not cause dystonia. Consult a neurologist to find the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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My mother had fall down from stairs on 6th May’14 and have spine injury and had operated successfully on 10th May’14 but after surgery she is not in c?

My mother had fall down from stairs on 6th May’14 and have spine injury and had operated successfully on 10th May’14 but after surgery she is not in c?

Incomplete question: Your question is incomplete. Your mother had spine injury and had surgery and she is not?
We can not answer why she is still not well.
I will suggest that she followsthe advice of her doctors for her rehab/PT/OT and if not satisfied with the doctors get a second opinion ...Read more

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Took morphine for Shingles, now I am on oxyneo and oxy contin for pain from whiplash spine injury, in extreme pain, which one is better to take?

Addiction?: I am sorry but seeking out pain management advice on the internet is not in any way healthy, sane, or wise. Pain should be managed in person by the professional testing you for your problem. Taking Pain medication outside of this very valid system is a sign of addiction. That means, given this, we could have a very frank and productive discussion about getting clean and staying clean. ...Read more

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How long after I stop taking Soma for a spine injury is it out of my system? Thank you I just found out this new doctor I have to see does not let his patients take Soma whitch is ashame because it really works for my injuries but the doctor have have b

How long after I stop taking Soma for a spine injury is it out of my system? Thank you I just found out this new doctor I have to see does not let his patients take Soma whitch is ashame because it really works for my injuries but the doctor have have b

Carisoprodol: Carisoprodol (which also goes by the brand name soma) is a drug that is used to relax muscles. It is a schedule IV controlled substance because it has the potential to be habit-forming. After taking carisoprodol, the drug stays in your system for about 24 to 48 hours....But, this is only because it is converted by your liver into another active drug, called meprobamate. Meprobamate is another schedule IV drug that is rarely used because 1) not much drug is needed to overdose; 2) it is psychologically habit-forming; 3) stopping it can cause severe, life-threatening physical withdrawal, and 4) it can make the sedating effects of other medications, like opioid pain killers, much stronger, potentially leading to death.

The physician-patient relationship is based on trust on both sides. Deception, such as by hiding the use of certain medications, can seriously harm that relationship and the patient's health. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right testes. I have erectile dysfunction too. I also got a lumbar spine injury. Is there any relation b/w my pain in testes, ED & LS?

Possible: Yes these all could be related, I would recommend seeing your primary care MD to help delineate if they are all connected or rather three separate problems. ...Read more

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Can a spine injury cause weight loss in arms?

Can a spine injury cause weight loss in arms?

Yes: A neurologic injury at a high enough spinal level can lead to weakness of varying degrees to the arms or regions of the arms leading to muscle wasting or atrophy whichbis an actual loss of muscle mass appearing as weight loss. ...Read more

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What are some good lumbar spine injury-exercise ideas?

What are some good lumbar spine injury-exercise ideas?

Spineuniverse. Com: Look up williams low back exercises at the above online address. Williams flexibility exercises are very beneficial for lumbar spine injury- but they should be done gently- not painfully. If your symptoms persist, see your family md for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years?

Can a thoracic spine injury from a slip n fall later cause problems with the neck over a period of years?

Neck pain causes: Yes. Slip and falls can alter function which over time can lead to other chronic issues and /or degeneration. You can certainly sustain a whiplash type of injury. ...Read more

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Lumbar spine injury-exercise advice for future fitness?

Lumbar spine injury-exercise advice for future fitness?

Strength/ flexibilit: The most important aspects would
be to work on core strength with
abdominal and lumbar strengthening
exercises.
Also flexibility in the lower back, and ham
strings is very important.
Excess wt gain should be avoided as this
puts additional stress on the front abdominal
muscles. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Is it possible for a. Thoracic spine injury overlooked cause rapid degenerative changes in the cervical spine?

Probably not: Degenerative changes are most common in the cervical and lumbar spine. I doubt old injury to thoracic spine had any effect unless cervical spine injured at same time. ...Read more

Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more