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Doctor insights on: Why Do You Become Paralyzed From Spinal Cord Injury

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My boyfriend is paralyzed from spinal cord injury but we eventually want kids. Is this possible?

My boyfriend is paralyzed from spinal cord injury but we eventually want kids. Is this possible?

Yes: Seek medical care from a university center with coordinated care from physical medicine, urology and gynecology for fertility. Sperm harvest and implantation is well studied, and a successful technique for your situation. Avoiding infections and making preparations to start your family will require more care, planning and good nutrition. Age over 40 is concerning. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

Loss of function : The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications. If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent. ...Read more

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People who survive spinal cord injury and are paralyzed neck down. How is it possible that they survived?

With good care: You need very careful medical care if you have such an injury. A nurse is helpful. A physcial therapist and neurologist and neurosurgeon all work together. ...Read more

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What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

What are the different types of incomplete spinal cord injury & how do I know which I had? I'm C6 incomplete. Spent year in chair paralyzed now walk.

Depends on level: Typically an incomplete injury at C6 causes you to have limited control of your wrist and complete loss of hand function. The different types have more to do with where the lesion is located and what dermatome that includes. The "incomplete" refers to the fact that you have retained some function of motor and/or sensory function below the level of the injury. Autonomic dysreflexia can occur. ...Read more

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Bf has spinal cord injury, he's paralyzed from the neck down but can recently move his arms in the future is there a chance he chance he can lift it?

Yes, but...: Recovery depends on several things: the extent of the original injury, how long ago it occurred and whether the injury to the spinal cord was complete or incomplete. A physiatrist, a rehabilitation specialist, who specializes in spinal cord injuries would probably be able to answer this after looking at all the facts including a physical exam. ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Spinal cord injury: Is an injury to the actual cord of portions of neurons that extend from the base of your brain down the spinal canal and send the nerves to the rest of your body from the brain. The actual injury can be numerous mechanisms, from anything from trauma to infection to infarct, severing communication of some degree from your brain to the levels below the injury. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to cure a spinal cord injury?

No but lots to do!: A spinal cord injury cannot be cured but a good rehabilitation program can manage symptoms and help the person return to the most active lifestyle possible. The activities the person will be able to do depend on what part of the spine was affected (level of injury). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

Numbness, paralysis: 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. ...Read more

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What are wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?

See answer below: Wheelchair transfers refer to transfers that a person with a spinal cord injury who is using a wheelchair must perform when going from the wheelchair to a bed, to a couch, to a car, to a shower bench, and back into the wheelchair. Sliding boards are initially used to make the transfers easier. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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