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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
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
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