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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Is this diabetes, or caused by my medication? I have a spinal injury, and am on the following medications: fentanyl 12mcg/hr trans-dermal patch promethazine 25mg tablet-as needed ibuprofin 800mg 1@every 6 hours as needed naproxen 500mg- 2x daily risperido

Is this diabetes, or caused by my medication? I have a spinal injury, and am on the following medications:
fentanyl 12mcg/hr trans-dermal patch
promethazine 25mg tablet-as needed
ibuprofin 800mg 1@every 6 hours as needed
naproxen 500mg- 2x daily
risperido

It : It sounds like you went over 24 hours without eating, which could certainly cause low blood sugar. This, combined with your medication regimen could have caused this extreme fatigue. If diabetes runs in your family, your risk of developing the disease is higher. However, experiencing hypoglycemia does not necessarily mean you have diabetes. Diabetes is diagnosed by blood glucose tests that show a trend of high blood sugars in the blood plasma (over 126). It is manifested by high blood sugar in the blood and low performance of Insulin (which is produced by the body to lower the blood sugar). Symptoms of high blood sugar include extreme thirst/hunger, blurred vision, frequent urination, dry mouth, poor wound healing, recurrent infection and fatigue. See your doctor if you notice any of these signs of high blood sugar. ...Read more

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Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Is there any new promising treatment for paralysis caused by spinal injury?

Not yet: This is an area of active research, however there are no new, widely accepted treatments for spinal cord injury at this time. Several different technologies are being investigated in the treatment of sci including neural stem cell therapy, neuronal regenerative therapies, neuroprosthetics, and pharmacologic agents to lessen secondary spinal cord injuries. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

Is there a cure for paraplegia caused by a c6-c7 spinal injury?

No cure but : Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover whats possible. ...Read more

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I have a spinal injury, how can I rehabilitate myself so I can work?

I have a spinal injury, how can I rehabilitate myself so I can work?

Question too vague: There are so many ways to injure the spine, and treatment/rehabilitation would be tailored to your type of injury. There is no one size fits all answer. ...Read more

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How can the spinal injury affect the body ?

How can the spinal injury affect the body ?

It depends: If you have a spinal cord injury, then depending of the level of your injury; cervical vs thoracic vs injury, you will have affected mobility, muscle tone, and other autonomic (bladder, bowel function) impairments. ...Read more

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What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

What do you do when a person has a spinal injury?

Call 911: These are complex injuries that need advanced imaging and multidisciplinary care usually surigcal spinal stabiliization. ...Read more

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If you have a spinal injury what do you recommend?

If you have a spinal injury what do you recommend?

Seek a neurosurgeon: Spinal cord injuries (sci) are very serious and can have lasting effects.Unfortunately, they are all too common with motor vehicle crashes and motor cycle accidents as leading causes.Spinal cord injury can manifest as pain, weakness, numbness and are often associated with a spinal fracture. You want to go to a medical center where they have experienced neurosurgeons who can help with the situation. ...Read more

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How would you know if you're recovering from a spinal injury?

Your recovery: It depends on the defecits that you had after the injury, if you are recovering these functions, then you are recovering from the injury. ...Read more

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How could spinal injuries affect your emotions?

How could spinal injuries affect your emotions?

In many ways: A spine injury can range from minor to catastrophic. If there is spinal cord injury, a person will go through the same stages as someone losing a loved one to death: grief, anger, denial, depression, bargaining, and (hopefully) acceptance. Even less devastating spinal injuries can lead one down a similar path. It is normal, and getting support from friends, family, and professionals can help. ...Read more

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Can people confined to wheelchairs due to spinal injuries still feel things?

Can people confined to wheelchairs due to spinal injuries still feel things?

See below: This would depend on the level of the spinal cord injury which could involve the lowest spinal segments and little dysfunction up to the neck region which could result in total paralysis and even dysfunction of basic functions like breathing and heart beat. ...Read more

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How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

Pain & weak muscles: An injury to the bones of the spine can cause a lot of pain, which may cause someone to take shallow breaths. If the injury involves the spinal cord (paralysis), then the nerves that go to muscles in the chest that help with breathing can also be paralyzed. This can lead to breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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Can adult bedwetting be associated with spinal injuries?

spinal injury: It would take a pretty severe injury to the spine in which nerve damage has occurred to cause bed wetting. ...Read more

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How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

How can dermatomes be used in diagnosis of the location of a spinal injury?

Yes: Dermatomes are maps of the skin based on study of many people. Based on where the skin is numb or sensitive or has abnormal feeling, a physician can tell which nerves or part of the spinal cord are affected. People do vary in what part of the body is supplied by which spinal nerve root, but a trained physician or health care provider can come close. Imaging like MRI can confirm the location. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has any hope of recovering from a spinal injury?

How do you know if someone has any hope of recovering from a spinal injury?

Recovery: You do not have any way. Basically one has to heal from the process of the surgery and this may take up to 12 months or so. I feel is by 12 months its as good as its going to be. ...Read more

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C7 spinal injury approximately what percentage of C7 injured pts walk again or get their life back to almost normal i know every case is different?

C7 spinal injury approximately what percentage of C7 injured pts walk again or get their life back to almost normal i know every case is different?

You are correct: Highly variable, and depends on extent of spinal cord injury. However, with time taken to healing, and useful rehabilitation programs within a certified rehab hospital, the outcomes are far better. An occupational therapist working with a physical therapist may devise assistive devices to speed your mobility. ...Read more

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Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Sometimes temporay: Sometimes injury causes spine "shock" or swelling and paralysis may resolve when it goes away. A little healing may occur even in severe cases and a cord only crushed a little may improve on its own or after decompression surgery of bone, ruptured disk tumor or whatever else might be crushing it. High dose steroids a given early give it a better chance. Rehabilitation also may help greatly. ...Read more

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What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

What can you do when someone is unconscious and has a spinal injury?

Call 911: Call 911. Do not move the person if at all possible. You may need to if leaving them in place places them in danger; or if they are not breathing, lack a pulse (that is they need CPR and you are trained in this). Moving someone with an unstable spine can cause further nerve or spinal cord injury. Emts are trained in how to safely move someone who may have this type of injury. ...Read more

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