Patient Comments: Spinal Cord Injury - Causes

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Comment from: Dilli, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

A car accident caused my spinal cord injury.

Comment from: Blue angel, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I got my spinal cord injury from being banged on an expressway by a large van carrying shingles for a roofing job. I had already been in an airplane accident years earlier, leaving me with a fusion in lumbar region L3, L4, and L5, and undergoing a YV-plasty for my bladder. I now have unbearable pain causing me to pass out and nearly die weekly as I stop breathing when I pass out and fall on my face.

Comment from: Mattie G, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had an auto accident in 1990 and have spinal cord damage. I've been a paraplegic for 29 years. My nervous system is badly damaged.

Comment from: MorningLight13, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I was in an automobile accident and had an L5 burst fracture. They had to remove the fragments and put in a titanium cage. My family was told I would never walk again due to spinal cord damage. I am thankful that I am walking today. I had extensive physical therapy, had to learn how to walk again and am in pain on a daily basis, but I'm walking so we take the good with the bad. I take baclofen and Neurontin. And am thankful every day for another beautiful day.

Comment from: CWatkins, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My brother had laminectomy at T6 to T10. Blood clot formed 3 days after surgery on 9-22-18. My brother was able to walk that morning and now he is considered paraplegic with loss of bladder and bowel control because of the spinal cord injury caused by the laminectomy.

Comment from: Goldie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I suffered a spinal cord infarction 26 years ago. I am now 76 years old and need walkers, etc. I have been going through periods of falling. My balance is almost non-existent. I have pain constantly. I have no sensory feeling in my body from T2 down. I have neuropathy. Besides being numb my legs and feet also fall asleep. I am getting so tired and worn out. My hands don't work very well. I drop things a lot. I am starting physical therapy again hoping that it helps control some of the spasms.

Comment from: Sid, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

Roadside accident was the cause of my spinal cord injury. My T6 was crushed, and fragments removed. Implant was fixed. I have no sensation below my chest. I am a female of age 32. After 168 hours without sensation, I have a feeling that legs are going heavy or crushed. I am not sure if it is a sign of recovery or caution.

Comment from: Jilly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

A fall backwards hitting my back on the corner of wooden drawers caused my spinal cord injury.

Comment from: Olive, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Whilst administering a spinal anesthetic, the anesthetist pushed the needle too far into my spine, at a level which was far too high to begin with. She was aiming for level L2 L3, she missed (using the landmark technique) and inserted the needle at the level T12 - L1 causing spinal cord injury.

Comment from: Bo, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 10

July 23 2015 I had a tumor that twisted my spinal cord. I am able to function, no loss to arms but cannot walk very well. I have no balance, super bad nerve pain. I take baclofen, gabapentin and ibuprofen but I am never free of pain. I believe if I didn't have that pain I would walk better. I also have trouble with throat muscles. Sometimes I can't swallow the pill, have to wait awhile! My doctor told me I am rare, I hit the lottery! Lucky me.

Comment from: cj, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I started limping on my right side, found disc ruptured at C2. I was told spinal cord was damaged upon surgery. I am still weak on the right side.

Comment from: Nimrot, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I was in an accident in July 2013 so my spinal cord was damaged, i.e. the L1 burst. So my lower back sensation is low and my foot is completely paralyzed.

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Comment from: kalleen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had 3 fractures in the L4 and L5 and 2 fractures in my neck, and spinal stenosis in both. I am looking for best treatment and information on surgery on them.

Comment from: Jane, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 15

I wonder why a fracture of T4 would cause a spinal cord injury at the T6 spinal segment.

Comment from: Brandi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I just had a tumor removed from my spinal cord (L2 - S4)....Neurotin and Lyrica does not work for me.....Tail bone and rectal pain spasms are horrible. Feels like I'm having a baby out my bottom....LOL. I thought Lyrica was for Diabetic pain....Are there meds for actual spinal cord trauma, also slight? Please please let me know some names!!!!!!! Thank you, Brandi

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