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Please explain who is the longest living quadriplegic with a c1 thru c 7th spinal cord injury?

Please explain who is the longest living quadriplegic with a c1 thru c 7th spinal cord injury?

I don't know: But people can live for a long time after spinal cord injury. Its more about other care issues. You want to make sure you don't get bedsores or any complications from not feeling your body below the injury. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Could whiplash injury cause calcium deposits at c1-c2?

Could whiplash injury cause calcium deposits at c1-c2?

Yes.: After soft tissue trauma or inflammation, imaging findings of calcifications may be seen in various regions of the body such as a calcific tendinitis of the shoulder or with hip bursitis as well as in the neck. They are secondary findings as a result of the inflammation &/or trauma and do not cause actual symptoms typically. ...Read more

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So I went and had a injury consulted a brain and spine doc and had told me that I possibly have a ruptured c1 or C2 what kind of pain cause?

So I went and had a injury consulted a brain and spine doc and had told me that I possibly have a ruptured c1 or C2 what kind of pain cause?

Varies: Your question does not make a lot of sense only in that C1 and C2 are two bones in the neck and do not really rupture. But abnormalities in that area would often cause severe headaches at the back of the head. If you have not had one, an MRI will often give the diagnosis. ...Read more

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C1 and c2 fractures in my neck. They broke/were fractured about 6 weeks ago. I'm in a neck brace. What's the normal healing time? No spinal injury

C1 and c2 fractures in my neck. They broke/were fractured about 6 weeks ago. I'm in a neck brace. What's the normal healing time? No spinal injury

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon a more specific description of the fractures. That being said, 12 weeks of immobilization for healing would be pretty standard. Certainly would want to make sure it is followed closely as some C2 fractures can displace and require either a halo or surgery. ...Read more

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I broke my c1 and C2 last month what is the danger of taking off my halo?

I broke my c1 and C2 last month what is the danger of taking off my halo?

Don't do it!: You should not remove a halo without the advice of your treating physician. This device is important to provide stability to healing vertebrae. Fractures that high up on your spine can be quite devastating as damage to your spinal cord at this level affects basic functions such as breathing. Please follow your doctor's advice on this! ...Read more

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EMG/NCV test on 28th to determine extent and cause of damage. Neuro mentioned C1-C3. What nerves are in this area? Where can I find good nerve diagram?

EMG/NCV test on 28th to determine extent and cause of damage. Neuro mentioned C1-C3. What nerves are in this area? Where can I find good nerve diagram?

Don't be your doctor: Since you are taking antidepressants and migraine meds you might create more problems for yourself if you start trying to be your own doctor. Make notes of what you have, with details, and let the doctor figure it out. This may not be a comfortable approach, but it might be your best. ...Read more

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What holds c1/c2 and c1/skull together?

What holds c1/c2 and c1/skull together?

Ligaments, tendons..: C1, c2, and the skull are bones. Bones are connected to one another by ligaments and muscle tendons. ...Read more

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What happens if you damage /break ur c1, c2, C3 spine

What happens if you damage /break ur c1, c2, C3 spine

Breaking your Neck: This is a very scary question. There sort of fracture can end one's life and most assuredly would likely lead to significant paralysis if one did not die in this accident. ...Read more

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What does C1-10^COLONY COUNT= 1000-10000 mixed flora at final reading^L mean, on a urine culture.

What does C1-10^COLONY COUNT= 1000-10000 mixed flora at final reading^L mean, on a urine culture.

Urine culture: This is a contaminated specimen and it means absolutely nothing. What symptoms do you have, what does your urinalysis show, what were the results of your physical exam and basic lab tests? The internet is not a place in which to turn for a diagnosis. Good luck and you should discuss this with the doctor who ordered it. If still need results get a clean midstream catch into a sterile container. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the procedure of neurosugery of atlantoaxcial dislocation (c1 - C2 mobilty)?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the exact nature of what you are discribing. If you actually had an injury that actually led to a dislocation between C1 and C2, it is unlikely you would have survived, as a complete injury to the spinal cord at that level takes out the ability of a person to breath on his own. C1-C2 instability is much more common, and a fusion is the surgery of choice. ...Read more

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I would like to what I can do for my cronic pain in the c1-c6 area of my neck. I have had this since 2006.What to do?

I would like to what I can do for my cronic pain in the c1-c6 area of my neck. I have had this since 2006.What to do?

Multiple things: See your primary physician and perhaps an orthopedist to make sure your cervical spine is healthy. If so, consider treatments including physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care for pain relief. These modalities can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Sept 1 2016 my son was hit by a car, c5 diagnosis but when we arrived in rehab the diagnosis was changed to a C1 due to bleeding on the nerves. Help?

Sept 1 2016 my son was hit by a car, c5 diagnosis but when we arrived in rehab the diagnosis was changed to a C1 due to bleeding on the nerves. Help?

MVA: I cannot make any sense of what the issue is- initially they said a C5 issue and then changed their mind in Rehab to a C1 (which is potentially more dangerous) - I will need more accurate information before being able to provide information to help you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of upper cervical disc issues? C1, C2, and C3?

What are the symptoms of upper cervical disc issues? C1, C2, and C3?

Neck pain: Upper cervical disc issues will generally present with simply upper neck pain. No associated radiating arm symptoms would be expected. It would be possible, but unusual, to have significant spinal cord compression at these levels because the spinal canal is larger there. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

Another doctor: ? what treatments are for DDD & fibromyalgia (FM) in 38 yo. DDD merely radiologic descriptor &, as applied to 38 yo, not pain generator. Find another physician, preferably Osteopath. FM cause is multifactorial soft tissue injuries requiring several non-toxic natural therapies, including weight loss & exercise (aquatherapy, gentle yoga, walking), to reconstitute proper soft tissue function & cure. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?

My daughter was diagnosed with Stenosis of the Foramen Magnum and a syrinx extending from C1-Tll at age 6. What is expected long term?

Surgery @ some point: The syrinx may not be very symptomatic now but this with the narrowing of the bony entrance to the spinal cord will likely cause chronic headaches and other symptoms by the teen years. At some point they will want to go in and remove the bag like syrinx and create more room in the bony entrance to the cord. It is a major surgery but in gifted hands can solve the problem. ...Read more

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I was tested for suspected Hereditary Angioedema. The results came back showing my C1-INH function 58% and antigen 59% (range 70-130). What does mean?

I was tested for suspected Hereditary Angioedema. The results came back showing my C1-INH function 58% and antigen 59% (range 70-130). What does mean?

Probably: The findings are compatible with HAE especially in the presence of a low C4 level and compatible features of HAE. Many effective treatments are available and I think the next step is for you to consult an allergist for options in treating this potentially life-threatening condition. ...Read more

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Congenital odontoid anomaly + MVA = complete instability of c1-c2. Need advice on fusion with abnormality. Will send images to anyone who can help.

Congenital odontoid anomaly + MVA = complete instability of c1-c2. Need advice on fusion with abnormality. Will send images to anyone who can help.

Os odontoideum: Os odontoideum is a small tip of the odontoid (peg of C2) that has become separated either congenitally or from remote trauma. In some patients there is no instability and with an intact transverse ligament no surgery is required. In patients with instability, the surgery can be performed from the back of the neck or through the mouth. Real time fluoroscopic images can determine stability status. ...Read more

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My top vertebrae (C1 C2) are unstable. 2day getting new zaps pain off/on near this area on left side where there's now a visible lump. Is this urgent?

Yes: I'm not sure how you know you have c1-2 instability, but it can be a serious problem. Knowing if you have any systemic problems that might lead to this would be helpful. I'd see any orthopedist and get x-rayed and a possible MRI. You didn't say if it's chronic or related to an injury, which is important. ...Read more

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Can improper fusion of posterior of c1 cause any complications? Csf leak?

Can improper fusion of posterior of c1 cause any complications? Csf leak?

Yes: There is potential for complications including CSF leak at any spinal level during spinal surgery. ...Read more

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How rare and/or serious is crystal calcium deposits in the longus colli tendon, c1-c2? (hadd, copp)

How rare and/or serious is crystal calcium deposits in the longus colli tendon, c1-c2? (hadd, copp)

Not: Rare but uncommon. The problem is treated with nonsteroidal medications and, sometimes, oral steroids. It can be an uncomfortable disease but is not life threatening. ...Read more

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Meds haven't helped my complex migraines, chiro. Said my c1 and C2 are out of place., pushing on base of my skull. Is this causing numbness & pain?

Meds haven't helped my complex migraines, chiro. Said my c1 and C2 are out of place., pushing on base of my skull. Is this causing numbness & pain?

Don't believe that: Headaches are not coming from c1c2, that's what most chiropractors tell the headaches are coming from, and that's not the cause
you should see a headache specialist a neurologist who also specialise in headache and get proper treatment
i f chiropractor can make you headache free, which I can assure you is not the case in most patients treated by chiropractors, in my experience, let us know
headaches. ...Read more

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Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1?

Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1?

Discuss with docs: Most breast biopsies don't consume much time, so I'm not clear what is wrong with your upper spine (at c1) to worry you. You should discuss this with your surgeon and, if you are having a separate anesthesiologist, that person as well. They can alter your position, pad the table, etc to assure that you don't suffer any additional problems. ...Read more

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Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1. What can I do?

Going in for a breast biopsy, more concerned with laying for so long as I have a c1. What can I do?

Type of biopsy?: Is this a core needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy. If it is a core needle biopsy, the procedure should not last long. With an experienced surgeon or radiologist, the procedure should last 10-20 minutes, on average. I recommend speaking with the physician performing your biopsy about your medical problems so they can appropriately position you on the table. ...Read more

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Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?

Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?

Cyst: Usually these are sebaceous cysts or lipomas. Both are benign. Could be something else so keep an eye on it and see someone if it is enlarging. ...Read more

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What are the chances of full mobility & work return after acdf & pcdf w/ instrumentation surgery c1-t1 with mild nerve damage, and limited mobility.

What are the chances of full mobility & work return after acdf & pcdf w/ instrumentation surgery c1-t1 with mild nerve damage, and limited mobility.

That depends on: Several factors such as your occupation and education level as to a return to work-sedentary or desk work v one with a lot of physical activity--does mobility mean getting around or refer to neck motion range which would be limited by 50% with that extent of fusion. "mild" nerve damage may or may not also play a role depending on exactly what you mean. Speak to the surgeon concerning outcomes. ...Read more

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C1-C3 fusion with six screws and hourglass-shaped titanium plate 15 years ago. Can the hardware potentially cause Eustachian tube sensitivity problems?

C1-C3 fusion with six screws and hourglass-shaped titanium plate 15 years ago. Can the hardware potentially cause Eustachian tube sensitivity problems?

Slim possibility: Difficult to define how the body will react to metal implants if sensitization develops. Local inflammation leading to Eus. Tube problems seems feasible, but unlikely. Perhaps more likely is throat irritation from acid reflux, postnasal drip or allergic or non-allergic rhinitis. If the hardware becomes unstable, then other symptoms would predominate. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from c1 and C2 fracture?

How long does it take to heal from c1 and C2 fracture?

3+ months: Fractures of c1 and C2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All c1 and C2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more

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When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

Maybe c7: You should. It feel upper cervical vertebrae easily. Nthe bump, should be at c7 because this does protrude a bit more than the others. See a chiropractor, or pmr doc to determine if your alignment is correct or abnormal. A treatment program will follow ...Read more

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I am a healthy 23yr old who had a gsw to neck 3yrs ago resulting in c1, basilar skull, and clivus fractures. What are possible future complications?

I am a healthy 23yr old who had a gsw to neck 3yrs ago resulting in c1, basilar skull, and clivus fractures. What are possible future complications?

Gun shot wound: You are very fortunate to have survived. The fractures associated with the gunshot wound are likely stable. If the bullet is still in your body then obtaining an MRI scan is not possible. See your neurosurgeon to determine if any future problems could occur. ...Read more

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C1 Esterase Inhibitor Panel had two functional and one protein level. The protein level was 11 (20-40 ml/dL). What does that mean? Other two normal.

C1 Esterase Inhibitor Panel had two functional and one protein level. The protein level was 11 (20-40 ml/dL). What does that mean? Other two normal.

Makes no sense: C1INH assays may show low C1INH (which you appears to have) or normal C1INH level with impaired functioning if you are looking for the typical cases of hereditary edema. If the quantity is low, there cannot be normal functioning. If you do have HAE, treatment should be started promptly to prevent throat swelling. ...Read more

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What are the different types of cervical extradural spinal cysts? C1-2, under spinal cord, pushing it up, 1/4 size of canal, result of TBI. Signs 2 watch 4?

What are the different types of cervical extradural spinal cysts? C1-2, under spinal cord, pushing it up, 1/4 size of canal, result of TBI. Signs 2 watch 4?

See neurologist: Too complicated, need to be followed by mri's of neck, cysts can grow variably and push on spinal cord causing symptoms, if growing and causing symptoms bets to have it taken out. ...Read more

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I've been on 25mcg Fentanyl patch & 25m OxyContin (5mg X 5/day) for 4.5 years due to pain/nerve damage C1-5 and L shoulder how do I wean off?

Understand, but: This will not be a simple taper, as will literally take weeks or months. Suboxone may be needed to do this properly. Find an experienced pain management specialist. Arrange a plan and work closely with the doctor. ...Read more