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What are the symptoms of spinal cord injury?

The symptoms of spinal cord injury depend on where the spinal cord is injured and whether or not the injury is complete or incomplete. In incomplete injuries, patients have some remaining function of their bodies below the level of injury, while in complete injuries they have no function below the level of injury.

Injuries to the spinal cord can cause weakness or complete loss of muscle function and loss of sensation in the body below the level of injury, loss of control of the bowels and bladder, and loss of normal sexual function. Spinal cord injuries in the upper neck can cause difficulty breathing and may require the use of a breathing machine, or ventilator.

Return to Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation

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Comment from: gigi and tomh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) leaking. They found a sac of fluid sitting on L4 L5 S1, and drained to the stomach with shunt. I got meningitis 4 weeks later and didn't know my own name. They transferred me to 3 hospitals, and I had major surgery next morning. Four weeks later I am leaking it faster and doctor says he does know how to fix and can't go in to do another surgery as I got MRSA on top of it after surgery. All are trying to find another neurosurgeon but none will touch me due to my doctor already doing the surgery, he has nothing for me but an appointment in 5 months. My leak is already at 9 cm, and I won't know who I am in 5 months, and the headaches are crippling. He said he can't give me any more Fioricet even though problem is worse than when it started.

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