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Can Paraplegics Have Children
Many: Muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, polio, brain injury, cardiac failure, als, amputation, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and the list goes on. Of course many more people 'use' a wheelchair, than 'need' a chair, for safer mobility, community access and comfort after surgery. My personal joy as a rehab doc is seeing our communities more accessible for all who roll. ...Read more
Bladder spasms: Bladder spasms and problems with urinary control our unfortunately very common in people with spinal cord injuries such as yourself. Oxybutynin is very commonly used to treat these problems and should be safe although of course you should check with your doctor before taking any new medicine. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Paraplegic: Most likely depends on the spinal injury. I have had such a case and the patient had no pain. ...Read more
Paraplegic: A 'paraplegic' can have a spinal cord injury e.g. Due to spinal cord infarct (like a stroke of the spinal cord) or perhaps the formation of a syrinx (fluid collection inside the cord putting pressure from the inside). Also herniated discs can cause it, but these situations are rare... What symptoms does the patient have? ...Read more
I'm a paraplegic who must do a bowl program daily. What is the best over-the-counter meds to help me stay regular?
Senna/Colace: Senna and colace (docusate sodium) are a good. Senna is a natural stimulant and colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softner. These should be taken daily to keep movements regular. They may have to be regulated if the consistency is not ideal. Otc suppositories are also important to initiate the bm and should be used about 30min before toileting. I hope you learned all of this in rehab. You should see a physiatrist. ...Read more
Consult a urologist: This can be one of several problems. A urologist should be consulted. ...Read more
Nerve damage: extensive damage that can be as a result of trauma, accident, military explosives, minefields, gunshot injuries, or a result of congenital defects or diseases. ...Read more
Briefly..: "hemi" implies an arm and leg on the same side "quad" refers to both upper and lower extremities "para" implies both arms or both legs "plegia" suggests complete loss of movement. ...Read more
Not yet: But research is being done. Keep your fingers crossed. ...Read more
I'm paraplegic and scraped my knee. I can't feel it. What are some signs that it's not healing correctly?
Not necessarily: CP manifests as a vast range of clinical presentations. Some are associated with diminished usefulness of one or more extremities. paraplegia is the diminished usefulness (dramatically) of two extremities. if your CP keeps you from effectively using 2 extremities, you could be considered a paraplegic ...Read more
If a paraplegic person masturbates does he still experience endorphin release even if he can't feel the act?
Assumptions .....: You seem to have a variety of assumptions about this injury and what a paraplegic person actually feels. While some nerve activity is cancelled out in the typical injury, others involving sex are governed by another system. Many do quite well in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any signs or symptoms to watch for with diagnosed colon cancer in paraplegic that can't feel pain like others?
I'm a t10 complete paraplegic full time in a wheelchair. I have been getting small pressure sores. What is the best way to avoid getting them?
Relive pressure: To avoid them you must relieve pressure on the body and maintain good nutrition. Gel or air cushions are good to decrease pressure. Staying off the area is best. Eat a diet with a proper amount of fat and protein and vitamin c, to keep up your skin integrity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paraplegia: Per definition, a 'paraplegic' has a level of spinal cord injury, not just 'broken bones'. In 'complete spinal cord injury' there is no functional motor- or sensory function below the level of injury. There a various grades of spinal cord injury that do allow partial functioning, even to the level of (some type of) walking. Damaged bones alone do not immediately mean cord injury... Clarify please. ...Read more
My 19yr old (4yrs ago paraplegic) lost all function in right kidney with no reason as to why.... Should i be worried of the tiredness she is feeling?
Kidney failure: She most certainly should be evaluated by a urologist as to why she has a non functioning kidney. ...Read more
I am a 19 yr old recent 4 years ago paraplegic who recently lost all function in right kidney should I face the fact the same could happen to my left ?
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