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Doctor insights on: Can Paraplegics Have Children

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To improve sitting balance in paraplegic, please tell me the exercises?

To improve sitting balance in paraplegic, please tell me the  exercises?

Not sure: I'm wondering if a good, innovative yoga teacher might be able to help you improve your balance. ...Read more

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What might be some causes of needing a wheelchair other than being a paraplegic?

What might be some causes of needing a wheelchair other than being a paraplegic?

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

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Oxibutin 5mg, should a paraplegic take it?

Oxibutin 5mg, should a paraplegic take it?

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

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If a women is a paraplegic and has a baby, would it hurt during delivery?

If a women is a paraplegic and has a baby, would it hurt during delivery?

Paraplegic: Most likely depends on the spinal injury. I have had such a case and the patient had no pain. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a quadriplegic and a paraplegic?

Please advise what is the difference between a quadriplegic and a paraplegic?

Quadriplegic: Paraplegic is a paralysis of two limbs, either arms or legs though most commonly legs while quadraplegia is a paralysis of all four limbs, both arms and legs. ...Read more

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What are the ways that people become paraplegic without having a spinal accident?

What are the ways that people become paraplegic without having a spinal accident?

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

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I'm a paraplegic who must do a bowl program daily. What is the best over-the-counter meds to help me stay regular?

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

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Can you please tell me how hemiplegic, quadriplegic, and paraplegic differ?

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