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refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Quadraplegia: An injury at C1-2 resulting in quadraplegia is a devastating injury, an injury that Christopher Reeves sustained. It basically means all loss of communication from the brain to structures below the base of skull. This mean a breathing tube, a feeding tube and confined to a wheelchair for transport. ...Read more
Guessing your intent: There are no such things as quadriplegic muscles. What I am guessing you are trying to ask is the meaning of "quadriplegia or quadriplegic?" so the term quadriplegia means "muscle paralysis in 4 limbs." in practical terms you've probably heard the statement, "paralyzed from the neck down." that's quadriplegia. You don't need to include the word "muscle" along with the term. ...Read more
Confusing question: Sounds simple, get diapers. If you had some specific issue in mind you need to start over and submit specific background and ask a question. The site is not a chat room. Questions are not linked. ...Read more
Support sites: There are multiple support sites for quads. I know there are many ways to adapt instruments for specific weakness patterns. I would search the web for people who have made the adaptations. That being said, I think guitar might be difficult for quadriplegia. You may want to look into other instruments — breath driven — that would be fun to learn and broaden your expertise. ...Read more
See below: Chronic pain after a spinal cord injury can be very challenging. There are many options for chronic pain after a spinal cord injury. I would recommend he see a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. You may also want to take him to a "model system" for sci which are usually at the major teaching hospitals. Visit www.Aapmr. Org for more info. ...Read more
I'm a quadriplegic. I had my hfp done and my globulin is 3.8. My a/g ratio is 0.9. Everything else looks good. Cause for concern?
Lab data: These values are fine and have no meaning unless used in the context of some underlying clinical issue. Would not worry about this value or the ratio. You should be fine. ...Read more
Good question!: I have tried to find answers for this, to no avail. Suggestions from our spinal cord injury rehab center include 1. Have a way to call 911 from your bed 2. A companion dog who is trained to drag you to safety until help arrives, 3. Smoke and heat detectors through a home alarm service, who will send emergency personnel if they go off, and 4. A heat-triggered automatic sprinkler system. ...Read more
Quadraplegia: Quadraplegia is by definition loss of all function below the neck so there would be no sensation felt in the penis ...Read more
Quad: A quadriplegic's heart works like everybody elses, it just happens to be located in a quadriplegic. There are differences possible due to the difference in physical work output of the body but I've never seen a long term study on the effects. ...Read more
"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
I'm a quadriplegic with 6 months to live, and I just found out I have syringomyelia. Is it worth having surgery?
Generally not: Please see your md with the specifics for a better answer. An exam and detailed history is very important in your case. ...Read more
Quadriplegic 62 year old male coughing up black mucus, not a smoker. Have had 2 recent cases of pneumonia in the last 6 months. What to do?
Go to ER: The symptoms you report are very concerning for a gastrointestinal bleed. Things can become precarious in a quadriplegic and may cause problems quickly. Hence, my suggestion that he goes to the hospital right away. Good luck and take care. ...Read more
How do quadriplegics avoid sores on buttocks, if they are chair-bound all day? (asking bc grandpa is not quadripl., but has limited mobility) thank u
Suspension and chang: Positions often to decrease the pressure on the certain area of the buttocks and using suspension method to reduce the pressure on that area. ...Read more
If you have no: Significant risks for this — consider cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more
Muscle spasm: Even with quadraplegia you can had muscles spasms. If not severe then nothing to be done. If the spasms have become severe and affecting life style then a consultation with a neurologist would be helpful as there are some medications and injections that might prove helpful. ...Read more
Yes: Definitely, but they are at higher risks for uti's as well do care must be taken in diagnosing. ...Read more
Spacticity: If someone has an injury to the upper motor neurons such as a spinal cord injury if the neck or a stroke in the brain, the result is a generalized spasticity. The tone in their arms and legs can be dramatically increased. Oral muscle relaxants are usually tried first; if that does not work, Botox injections and back often pumps can be considerations. ...Read more
Spinal cord injury: An injury at C7 would affect your hands and arms but the shoulders and upper arms would be intact so this would be a partial quadriplegic depending on how severe C7 was involved. ...Read more
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
I am a C4 quadriplegic and I am interested in taking birth I'm thinking the IUD would be best. Any reason why it wouldn't be?
Today I was carrying a lot of heavy items at work, 40kg+, now have back pain in middle. I'm 20. Is slipped disk? Will I become quadriplegic?!!?
Doubtful&Doubtful: You probably strained your back muscles. Rest, use heat to the area, take some anti-inflammatory medication and call your Dr. for an exam. A slipped disc would be possible, but unlikely and becoming a quadriplegic from a day of heavy lifting is Extremely unlikely. Relax, decrease your stress level too. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is it possible for a quadriplegic to ejaculate or atleast masturbate? If not, how else can they get rid of their urges?
Quadriplegic developed small red/purple spots on tips and sides of toes. Slightly raised. No pain. Inc in number and spread to other toes. What is it?
Red spots: Difficult to answer without further information. I would seek medical attention as this can be serious. ...Read more
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