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my name is edward windom , last may 02,2012 i had a tragedy and they first treated it as it was guillian barrea , after several months of treatment and rehab , my return was not improving as if it was that ,so after being transported to another hospital

By Anonymous September 4, 2013 - 5:00am
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that had more advanced equipment , they referred me to a dr there which discovered that i had a spinal stroke ,,,, mentally this is tough on me being that i am a go-getter and a busy body ,,, im working hard at beating this , i have gained movement in my legs but i cant walk or stand freely , my gluts aren't performing , well ,,,,, my question is , is this gonna improve or have i meet the peak of this ???? please help me beat this ,

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  First, just wanted to let you know I went ahead and deleted you personal information, to protect your privacy. 

 Spinal cord infarction is a stroke either within the spinal cord or the arteries that supply it. It is caused by arteriosclerosis or a thickening or closing of the major arteries to the spinal cord. Symptoms, which generally appear within minutes or a few hours of the infarction, may include intermittent sharp or burning back pain, aching pain down through the legs, weakness in the legs, paralysis, loss of deep tendon reflexes, loss of pain and temperature sensation, and incontinence.

Treatment is symptomatic. Physical and occupational therapy may help individuals recover from weakness or paralysis. A catheter may be necessary for patients with urinary incontinence.

Recovery depends upon how quickly treatment is received and how severely the body is compromised. Paralysis may persist for many weeks or be permanent. Most individuals have a good chance of recovery. 

I've attached a link that might be helpful

Blood Clots - What is Spinal Stroke? - Article by Cary Cook BSN RN\



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