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Will I walk again?
Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:17 AM
A lot depends on the amount of damage to the spinal cord, not the damage to the bone. If the spinal cord has only pressure on it, then over time the person probably will regain a lot of their mobility and bodily control. It may take years to get fully healed and even then there will probably be some permanent problems.
If the spinal cord is damaged to some degree, but not fully cut, then it's anyone's guess. In most cases they will have some permanent damage, including walking/bowels/etc. However they may regain some control.....maybe some limited standing, but I stress, a lot of permanent damage dependant on the amount of damage to the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is completely severed then the person will almost certainly never walk again or gain complete control of their bodily functions.
You indicated that the person had the bones broken at T4/5/6. There is a real possibility that the person did at least a little damage to their spinal cord. You simply cannt break all those bones without doing some damage. His total loss of control at this level probably points to at least some pressure on the spinal cord. If the damage was limited to pressure points on the spinal cord, then there is a good chance that can be rectified and the person will walk again. Remember, this is only our best guess, however he may still have some problem issues.
At this point in time, there is no way for doctors to repair nerve damage. There is a ton of research in these areas being done and no one knows waht the future will bring. Hope is not completely lost for people like myself with completely severed spinal cords. However, it is likely that if any repair is to be had, that it will likely be at least 10 years out from here.
It's a monstor of a hill for the injuried person to climb. These forums are filled with the exact same person as this one. Have them come here for questions and answers as this helps fill in the void and at least improve the quality of life for many of us.
Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:31 AM
T4, T5, T6 bones but no damage to the spinal cord
Like my previous posters I cannot say for definite. HOWEVER, like your friend, I have a mate in the US who has a jeep accident in Iraq - broke his neck at C5/C6 incomplete, with no damage to spinal cord only nerves.
This accident was in November 2004 and the guy has had operations, etc, and spent the whole of 2005 in a wheelchair. From a few days afer his neck operation, he began to feel his feet. The result is that now he is about to enter a rehab hospital to be given therapy to walk again. He has recovered movement/sensation up to the nipples. ALthough above that he has no feeling. However, it gives him enough to get walking with elbow crutches.
Naturally the guy is over the moon and the medics say it is because the damage to the cord did not result in severing or cutting - it was only spinal shock and crushing.
So, I shall hope and pray that your friend recovers in a similar fashion. It would be helpful to know whether or not he can sense/feel. Howver, at the end of the day. it is your luck with fate when you have your accident.
God bless you and your friend, keep posting and let us know how they get on.
Posted 27 December 2010 - 12:22 PM
Posted 27 December 2010 - 03:04 PM
Unfortunately everyone is different, and there is no-one that can predict how far your recovery will go..
Good luck! ;-)
What's important is not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us..
God gave us two ends, one to think with, n one to sit on.. Success depends on which one u use.. Heads you win, tails u lose..
Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:29 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:01 AM
Basically you take a feather or a cotton ball and very gently stroke the over the sensitive area until it stops hurting. Then you use something a tad coarser. So on and so forth until the pain has gone.
It's a while but it works in the end.
Edited by MTB John, 07 March 2013 - 07:03 AM.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:03 PM
Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:14 PM
ill never give up period but i have massive pain all the way around me at the lavel of my break t6. drs have tryed epiderals electrical implants tens etc and nothings working. i cant stand a shirt touching my skin feels like A 2ND DEGREE BURN. its so bad now i cant get up of a day anymore and my wreck was july 09. anyone have any ideas? thanks
I have relfex sympathetic dystrophy from a ATV accident when I was like 12. Look it up and see if that fits you. I have severe sensitivity.