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Are There New Medicines For Neuopathic Pain From Spinal Injuries
I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an
Not Really Anything: that is cheaper, your insurance should cover repeat treatments though. Stem Cell Therapies are available but generally are not covered by insurance so more expensive. Check out Regenexx.Com. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
26 yo male, 220lbs, 6'1". Multiple spinal injuries i resisted, but md upped meds from 10mg norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 4/day, to 30mg opana 4/day, + 5mg opana ir up to 8/day.Overkill?Too young?Please advise asap. Thanks!
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
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
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
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
Consult with Dr.: Do not do begin any activity without consulting with specialist. Why risk further injury? ...Read more
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
Nerve damage: Sensation in the body is governed by nerve cells which run from the spine all the way to the tips of the fingers. That is why damage to the spine can affect sensation even in a finger tip. In general, the further away from the central nervous system (spine and brain) an injury occurs, the easier it is for it to heal. A spinal disc, pressing on a nerve, can be removed to help in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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