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Doctor insights on: Spinal Shock Vs Neurogenic Shock

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What type of medications for neurogenic shock?

What type of medications for neurogenic shock?

Neurogenic shock: The main way to treat neurogenic shock arising from spinal cord injury is IV fluid replacement and a drug called neosynephrine (phenylephrine) (yes, same as the nose spray). IV neo causes the peripheral blood vessels to constrict and can improve blood pressure. Stabilizing the spine is also important.

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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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What is a typical timeline from injury to neurogenic shock to death? Do shock symptoms ever present and then go away until multiple organ failure?

What is a typical timeline from injury to neurogenic shock to death? Do shock symptoms ever present and then go away until multiple organ failure?

Timeline from: Insult or injury to shock and death or recovery depends on various factors including the physical condition of the individual and contributing factors - presence or absence of hypertension, diabetes, kidney / heart problems etc. It may be from hours to days. Recovery is possible if the body responds to treatment. God bless u!

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What are the side effects of taking ditropan (oxybutynin) for two years (related to neurogenic bladder from spinal cord injury)?

What are the side effects of taking ditropan (oxybutynin) for two years (related to neurogenic bladder from spinal cord injury)?

Assume long term?: Long term there are studies that suggest a correlation with dementia. Neurogenic bladder often has a retention component and Detrol (tolterodine) will worsen this so regular re evaluation is important.

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What acts as "spinal shock absorbers"?

Disks in your spine: Inside is like toothpaste, outside is like a tire.

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I have hard question about spinal shock : (?

I have hard question about spinal shock : (?

Go ahead & try us!: Please submit a clear & specific question about spinal shock. Clarify and re-ask.

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I had an electric shock after I felt pain at my spinal cord. Is this serious?

Sciatica: When a spur on the adjacent bone joint irritates a nerve leaving the spinal cord through the bony spinal column, a sensation of electrical shock is felt in the area the nerve travels to. Sometimes the cushioning discs between the bony pieces of the spinal column degenerate with protrusion that can similarly irritate a nerve. It is wise to have a physician evaluate this symptom.

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I recently had a spinal fushion in my neck. Had a titanium plate and screws put in. What damage from a 110, household electrical shock do?

Electrical shock: The shock from an electrical outlet will not effect you any differently with the plate in than it would have without the plate. Just be careful around electricity. Make sure you have rubber shoes on and use rubber gloves. Good luck.

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My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

My friend had spinal injury and 20% burns due to electric shock. Can she be operated on?

Normally yes: But I recommend that you ask his/her doctors and discuss your concerns. Elective operations are typically delayed until after recovery. There migh be concern about cutting thru a healing wound, about risk of infection. ..Etc.

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How often do patients go into septic shock. From spinal surgery? And do you tell the patients family when this happens?

How often do patients go into septic shock. From spinal surgery? And do you tell the patients family when this happens?

Unusual: It is unusual for a patient to have septic shock from spinal surgery, although it is one of the known complications. This is more likely to occur if there was concurrent multi-trauma or other metabolic issues such as diabetes mellitus. Family should be informed about problems and complications.

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My wife had a spinal tap procedure done now she has electric shocks running down her legs and throughout her body what should we do?

My wife had a spinal tap procedure done now she has electric shocks running down her legs and throughout her body what should we do?

Spinal tap: Not uncommon to get some back pain following lumbar puncture. Tingling a bit less common and should be discussed with her doctor. If there is any weakness or changes in bladder ot bowel function this wiuld need more urgent attention to look for hematoma at site of procedure.

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Recently had a spinal tap and was told I had a grisly spine and needle kept hitting nerves and bone, since been having electric shock n extreme pain?

Spinal: U should notify the person who performed the procedure ASAP as there are treatments to help prevent further problem. This can be a serious issue

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Is spinal manipulation safe?

Is spinal manipulation safe?

Most of the time: Yes, safe. Make sure that your chiropractor is a qualified person. If you have any question about this procedure, clear first with your orthopedic surgeon. Chiropractors are held to a standard different from physicians.

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How can it feel to be put on a spinal board?

Hard: A spine board is hard, not padded and doesn't flex. Line down on a wood floor and you'll know.

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I am having a spinal neurostimulator with paddle and lamanectomy has to be performed should I be scared?

I am having a spinal neurostimulator with paddle and lamanectomy has to be performed should I be scared?

No: There are two types of stimulator implants. The are paddle leads which require a more invasive surgery and general anesthesia. The other type is a percutaneous lead that is placed through a needle the same way your trial was done. This implant does not require general anesthesia. I implant percutaneous leads and prefer this technique for most patients.

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Does spinal tap hurt?

Does spinal tap hurt?

Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful.

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Is a spinal tap safe?

Invasive test: All invasive tests carry risks, but the conditions they are testing for (and sometimes treating) can be much worse than the test itself. I always make sure the person having the test understands the balance between risk and benefit, and any potential alternatives, if any.

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What is a spinal tap?

What is a spinal tap?

A DIAGNOSTIC TEST: Spinal tap is a diagnostic test they make the patient lay on their side in fetus position knee bends and head down pushing the back out sometime they use sedation they clean the area of the lower back with anti septic solution they the injected the skin with numbing medicine, they place long needle in the spine to sample fluid to analyse it it is uncomfortable but not painfull.

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What is a spinal fusion?

What is a spinal fusion?

Just like it sounds: Its when multiple vertebrae are fused together so they no longer move. You sacrifice some of your range of motion for pain relief. Be sure you have exausted all conservative measures first, because once its done, there's no going back.

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