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#1 Nawa Mbangweta

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:48 PM

What is the average life span of a paraplegic?



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:38 PM

I'm sorry, but I hate threads like this. True, I could ignore it, but that wouldn't be me.


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#3 Shan103

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:30 PM

From what I have read, and what I have come to understand - as long as you take care of yourself your life expectency is pretty much the same as it would have been pre-injury. 

 

Now - just my opinion - you may have more obstacles to overcome than you would have if you were an AB, so it MAY not be as easy but eating right and staying active, just smart choices all the way around would definitely help


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#4 bongorum

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 09:16 PM

You should also take special care of your kidneys, our Achilles' heel in my opinion. Urinary tract infections can do large amounts of damage to them.


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#5 harlton

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:25 PM

I use to be really healthy pre-injury, then the injury bit eat a few years, then I got back to really healthy but with the assistance of large amounts of drugs, unknowingly overdid it trying to expand my bit on the side into a real business and now totally screwed, So there's some advice in there somewhere, I'm still trying to find out I'm one of the Arachnoiditis group failed back syndrome, but I'm 58, there are older guy's than me on here, 25yrs post injury.



#6 Millard

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:57 PM

I am a Quad/Tetra and was told my average life span would be some 15 years post injury and that was 46 years ago.  With all the health improvements, especially in the adrenal (urinary) systems, our lifespans have greatly improved.  I have AB classmates that have passed so the old rule is history.

 

As Shan103 said, just take care of yourself and there's no time limit...just enjoy it while it lasts!

 

Good luck.


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#7 JohnMH

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:37 PM

I would agree with the replies above. I am T10 incomplete and am  67 years old and 6 years post accident. Most of my docs belong to the spinal group at U. Of Wisconsin Med School (USA).  I'm assured of a long and happy life as long as my system from kidneys on down are closely watched. My docs really don't like any UTI's and every two years they test for something called Urodynamics which involves filling my bladder with water until I can tell them I feel full. It tests my sensory ability as well as my bladders elasticity.

one good thing, apparently, with all this is that my urology doc tells me he.s never seen a spinal injury patient with prostate cancer.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:06 PM

Previously discussed HERE. There have been other threads, too, if you're prepared to search.

As a plain para from age 21 I'm expecting, all other things going well, to have a reduced life by about 10 years but I don't know what my likely potential was, anyway, so I could go tomorrow or not till after I hit a century or later.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

Previously discussed HERE. There have been other threads, too, if you're prepared to search.

As a plain para from age 21 I'm expecting, all other things going well, to have a reduced life by about 10 years but I don't know what my likely potential was, anyway, so I could go tomorrow or not till after I hit a century or later.

I doubt you were ever plain... :wub:



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:07 AM

Shorter than the norm hopefully. I really dont want to be an octogenarian and still be sticking tubes down my dick and fingers up my ass.
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:05 AM

Some people are are fine and others have tons of problems every injury is different. I take good car if myself ( being 21 I go out with the girls one weekend a month and drink) but other then that take care if myself . I had bad problems with my health pre injury auto immune disorders and a few other things and the sci and cathing and sitting made it worse but that's because I genetics had bad health. So if you come from a family of generally good health and u take good care of urself u should do just fine and life a long life:)



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:00 AM

If you want some facts and figures go to the website of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Centre (based in Birmingham, Alabama).

HERE is a great summary of American statistics in pdf which includes life expectancy. Just don't take any of it too seriously because everyone is unique and it's early days for reliable stats.

 

Basically, the average person who survives their first year will go on to live to 55 - 65, the lower your injury the longer your life expectency.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:12 AM

I believe I saw a non-sci guy on Leno that said his secret to living to 97 was smoking and eating bacon everyday. Spinal cord injury aside, it's a crapshoot for all of us! 



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:29 PM

I have adhesive Arachconditis , so my back is now crumbling arse to head. Recent information released in a study concerning people with this condition, states it takes roughly 8-12yrs off your expected life span.

    I had double pneumonia when I was first in the chair and very weakened. That seems to get most of us now, but also the same for regular old people. How many meds and what doses of them, vs how much water you drink to help kidney and liver function. Personally I don't care, as I'm aging all I can do anymore is sit around and watch TV, it's F*****g boring, any other activity is a pay as you go deal, the more you do, the more you pay. So I wouldn't be worrying about it.

     Anyway a bus or a car crash could get you before anyway,  just like everyone else, just shit luck, that's it.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:44 PM

Shorter than the norm hopefully. I really dont want to be an octogenarian and still be sticking tubes down my dick and fingers up my ass.

My personal biggest concern.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:01 PM

What does AB stand for? :$

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 12:57 AM

Could be a blood type, or the Province of Alberta.  My guess on this forum it means Able-Bodied


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:41 AM

Who can tell how long or short a time we live. Certainly not doctors. Would have better luck with a wigi board . My great grandfather lived to 117, a great aunt to 115. My grandparents both died at 99. One of my uncles at 35 while my father died in his 40s all ab while a very sickly from birth great grandmother made it to 105. And one of my daughters died before her first birthday from a infection even though she was health. It just the luck of the draw combined with taking good care of your self. Do not let any one tell you how long you have left. Only time can tell you that.
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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:42 AM

What it all comes down to is that if you want to do something, do it now - because you can't do it when you're dead.


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The above post, like many of my posts is probably dripping in sarcasm and may be an attempt at humour.  I f you begin to feel offended by it then please accept my apology, ignore it and move on, I never set out to offend anyone.  My outlook on life is sunny and I endeavour to bring sunshine into the lives of all around me including you.  Here's a smiley for you.   :)



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