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spinal cord injury - C! and C2

A: Dear Karen,  I don"t blame you for  feeling frustrated, that"s normal. Being in bed for a long period of time can make you tired. And a C1/C2 injury can be serious, so I"m sure your doctors are taking every precaution necessary to allow your neck to heal properly. I don"t see why you wouldn"t recover back to normal based on what you"ve told me. But your doctor should be able to answer any of your questions. I will keep good thoughts for your quick recovery. Sincerely, Ken...


weight loss& spinal cord injury

A: Hello again, Here is a link that explains a balanced diet with the recommended amounts of each food group. Also includes much more information about balanced diets. http://www.diet-i.com/health/balanced-diet.htm If you have anymore questions, please feel free to ask me anytime. Thanks, John McKinzie...


I need info. about early medical care for someone with a C1-C2 spinal cord injury 2 weeks ago.

A: It depends on the type of air mattress.  There are some that do pulsing waves of air pressure and it"s not really noticeable.   He should be turned every 2-3 hours to prevent pressure sores.  If he is on a pulsating air mattress, turning is not as necessary as it would be if he were only on an egg-crate type of foam mattress. Unfortunately, the speed of response is lacking in most facilities.  Often, this is due to limited staffing.  If the lack of response has been life-threatening, you should contact the unit supervisor.  If you get no action at that level, address the issue with the hospital administrator and the hospital"s patient advocate department. A speech pathologist or occupational therapist should be involved with setting up some form of...


spinal cord injury, no mobility ? how can I lose weight?

A: Dear Reader, Many people, whether they are unable to exercise or just don''t like it, have wondered whether weight loss without physical activity is possible. Basically what weight loss comes down to is this: weight stays stable when we take in the same amount of calories that we expend. If we eat more energy than we use, we store it for later, i.e., we put on pounds. Some people accomplish weight loss by limiting caloric intake, others by upping their energy expenditure though exercise, and many people use a combination of both strategies to lose weight. One pound of body fat is equal to about 3500 calories. In order to lose a pound per week, a person would have to create a daily deficit of about 500 calories. Weight-loss of a pound per week is generally considered safe and in about a...


Where Are The spinal cord injury Chat Rooms?

A: Best to go to google, key in chat room/spinal injuries.  You may be able to find a forum this way, as well, google allows you to refine search.  It will give you prompts such as ''did you mean'' etc. To better refine your search...


spinal cord injury (car wreck)

A: Combination of degenerative spine disease and acute trauma is one of the trickiest things any health care provider can encounter, it" s  actually one the most common causes of accident-related law suits in this country, since we cannot objectively prove that the accident worsened the pre-existing condition, but patients swear  it did and you have to believe them!  Only they know how much pain they"re in, and how worse it has become after the accident. Just a couple of points, there is no mention of a fracture in any of these reports.  Spondylolisthesis means slippage of one vertebral body over the one below it, it seems to be secondary to advanced degenerative disease of the facet joints (posterior part of the spine) in your case; sometimes we have what is called...

What do people like me with MS and a spinal cord injury do with diabetes. Last time I tried to exercise I fell and broke my knee.

A: You may want to try some seated exercises. There are a number of books and videos out there that have full exercise routines that can be done in a chair. Also, you can work out your legs by strapping on some ankle weights or using resistance bands and lifting your lower leg straight out. For your arms, you can use some light weights (or something like canned foods, if that''s all you have access to) to work out your upper body. If you are in a wheel chair, try to find somewhere in your house or neighborhood that gives you an open stretch where you can push hard with your arms; then turn around and do it again another ten times, or as many times as you can. Thinking creatively along the same lines, you will probably be able to come up with a lot of other ways to exercise that would be safe...


How can stem cell therapies help restore nerves damage resulting from spinal cord injuries?

A: Whenever a spine is injured it loses some nerve cells. If people are given stem cell injection like there is a chance that people will recover from their injuries which is very similar to the rats in the link below.After a period of time stem cells will disappear and there will be a new growth of nerve cells. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_1_157/ai_59021043/...


spinal cord injury. is there hope

A: Hi Genie! I''m so sorry to hear about the complications you are having after your surgery. I don''t understand why your Dr. wouldn''t be able to prescribe you any opiate medications for pain control though. I also at one time had complications after a morphine pump trial in which I now have permanant nerve damage from. But my Dr., who is a pain management specialist, had no problems at all with giving me anything that would put my misery at bay. Is the Dr. you are seeing an Orthopedist? I know this is probably going to ruffle some feathers for all of the Orthopediststs out there, but I have yet to meet one who was willing to prescribe me anything stronger than an anti-inflammatory medication!! They all said ''Buck Up and take it''. If this is the case, I would definately recommend seeing a...


Is body temperature fluctuations normal with spinal cord injuries?

A: Fluctuations like fevers? The spasms could be very normal with that kind of injury and are very painful. If the fluctuation is fever like how high does it go?...

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