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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Support neck: Perform CPR without extending neck.Get a more detailed answer ›
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