Just as a reference point and I don't think I'm alone because I have met other para's who do this - but it is not just pain that triggers mine. A door slamming, the phone ringing or a kid just coming up and touching my shoulder can also trigger my spasms. It amazes me how entwined it all is - from our ears to what our skin feels. EVERYTHING is affected by our nervous system and when it is out of whack it can do some crazy stuff. We truly are "fearfully and wonderfully" made!
Im the same, If a loud bang or noise that makes me jump, even if im expecting it to happen will cause a sharp pain through my legs and then a big spasm, if anyone touches my back softly or taps my back it also makes me jump and triggers a spasm. Its strange. All other causes of spasms are through pain/uncomfort where i can't feel. But the worst type i hate is the loud noise trigger like a door slamming etc because it really hurts my legs.
I don't know what all that is about but the way i think of it, is that when i had my car accident it was my legs that were first to be injured with the dashboard exploding around my legs, maybe my brain remembered the split second pain before my back broke in half and associates that loud bang when the car hit with pain. I don't know lol. But when i was in hospital and the nurses used to slam things like the bin lid after taking off their gloves or something, it would send that huge pain through my legs. It felt like someone planted a grenade in my bed.
As for the burning sensation, my legs are constantly burning, like the type of feeling you get from coming back into a warm house after a day in the cold snow. I'm used to that now, thats nothing compared to the strong hot blow torch type of pain that also feels like someone is slicing you with a sharp knife and electricuting you all at the same time down your left side and leg. Now thats Pain! Unfortunately no pain meds seem to work completely for that, only Amitriptyline has some effect but kinda knocks me out lol.
spinal cord injury is one crazy injury, not only does it paralyse you but also gives you hell with horrible pain/feelings.
Edited by knightrider, 13 September 2011 - 11:38 PM.