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Spinal Injury Causes
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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