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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Spinal Cord Contusion

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Can there be visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Can there be visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Well not really: Of course you can have injury only to your cord but usually since there is a very heavily muscled and ligamentous and bony structures surrounding your cord - they can be injured as well. Ask yoru physician if you have an associated injuries. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

What are the symptoms following spinal cord injury?

Numbness, paralysis: Spinal cord injury affects the function of things below the site of the injury. There is a direct relationship between the spot on the cord damaged and changes below that point. So, the higher up the injury, the more damage is noted. This can be leg numbness or paralysis, the same for arms and if the neck is involved, breathing may be affected. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Is sciatica a type of spinal cord injury?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerves arise from the branches of l4, l5, s1, s2, (racepinephrine) and s3. When these branches of these nerves come together they form the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve arises from each of these five nerves, often any one of these nerves can present also with the symptoms of sciatica. This nerve is considered a peripheral nerve, not a spinal cord nerve. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms following a spinal cord injury?

Depends: This depends on the level of injury and the extent of damage to the spinal cord. One can be classified with a spinal cord injury with only minimal weakness. Many think spinal cord injury equals paralysis. This is not the case. Many will have varying level of weakness, sensory loss and even bowel or bladder incontinence. The major symptoms are often weakness and sensory loss. ...Read more

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Could exuberant knee reflex be a symptom of spinal cord injury?

Could exuberant knee reflex be a symptom of spinal cord injury?

Yes: Nerves originating from the brain suppress reflexes to a degree. With certain spinal cord injuries, this suppressive effect is interrupted, and reflexes can be very brisk as a result. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain and spinal cord infection.?

Describe the features of a brain and spinal cord infection.?

Go to ER now: An infection of the area surrounding the brain can cause meningitis- fever, stiff neck, headache, and changes in conciousness. An infection within the brain itself is encephalitis- causing changes in personality, level of conciousness, and even seizures or other abnormal movements. These conditions are both very life-threatening, but treatable, and should be evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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Does chronic spinal cord injury usually have many symptoms?

Specturm: Spinal cord injury usually involves varying degrees of weakness, numbness, bowel or bladder problems, or difficulty walking. Depending on the cause, pain could also be a symptom. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a spinal cord injury?

No: Sciatica is a pain symptom of a pinched nerve in the spine. Spinal cord injury is an actual/potential damage to the spinal cord resulting in a sensory or motor deficit. The two are very different. Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about either. ...Read more

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What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

What amount compensation for spinal cord injury and heart injury?

Medical site: This is site for asking medical questions. You might want to try a lawyer's website. ...Read more

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Is sciatica a form spinal cord injury?

No: Spinal Cord Injury is very different than sciatica. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist that can discuss this in more detail for you. ...Read more

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What are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

What are signs of recovering from a spinal cord accident?

You should ask your : Doctor. The spinal cord can be damaged in many ways. You will have sensory changes, loss of motor and bladder and bowel function if the injury is severe. And if you are lucky and can heal - then these functions will slowly repair themselves. ...Read more

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What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

What causes a syrinx within the spinal cord?

Syringomyelia: A syrinx can occur from a post-traumtic spinal cord injury. Consult a neurosurgeon who specializes in this to best determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Cervical extradural cyst from TBI,appx 1/3 sz of canal,pushing spinal cord up.Weakness arms/hands,sluggish,severe neck/shoulder pain r side.Removal?

Cervical extradural cyst from TBI,appx 1/3 sz of canal,pushing spinal cord up.Weakness arms/hands,sluggish,severe neck/shoulder pain r side.Removal?

Sounds reasonable: You would certainly want to discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon, but if you have a cyst pressing on your spinal cord to the extent it is causing weakness in your extremities, surgery is certainly a consideration. ...Read more

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The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?

The MRI says "severe" disc herniation and spinal cord swelling and compression" what does this mean?

Not good: Your veretebrae bones are seperated by the discs. Your vertebrae make a canal that your spinal cord is protected by. If your disc has a severe herniation, then the contents of the disc are now pushing up against the spinal cord within the spinal canal. Think of your disc as a tube of toothpaste that was left open and now toothpaste is coming out. See your doctor, this needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

What are potential complications of spinal cord trauma?

Many: In the acute period: further loss of cord function, pneumonia, blood clots, pressure sores, urinary tract infections, acute depression. Later on: urinary tract infection, pressure sores, autonomic dysreflexia (severe high blood pressure), fractures and deformity of the paralyzed limbs, osteoporosis, depression. ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Doctor, Can the rootlets of spinal nerves (originating from spinal cord )which are very thin,snap out completely due to severe neck trauma?

Avulsion: Yes, severe stretch trauma can cause avulsion of the spinal nerve rootlets from the cord. Unfortunately, when this occurs, the damage is irreversible. ...Read more

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