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  1. Thanks for sharing gvinton. It was my brother's 40th birthday yesterday--we are holding off on any big celebration for now, per his request. But he had a follow up with his neurosurgeon yesterday, and he was blown away that my brother had made so much progress. For the first time, he was optimistic about my brother's recovery and outlook--it's so hard to give optimism when you're right out of surgery. I think it really lifted my brother's spirits. My brother has been working really hard--and though he has some bad days--he tries to look on the bright side of things.
    I'm so happy to hear that you were able to regain so much--it's very encouraging for us. I wish you continued good health and hope your conquer Hike Dome with ease!
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    I've never experienced any neuropathic pain - very lucky. After leaving Casa Colina I continued my own "rehab" at my local gym. I started pretty much using gravity as weight and progressed from there. 10 years later no one would know I had been injured unless I tell them. I continue to improve my strength and endurance still today. Last weekend for example I discovered I was able to jog down Garcia trail in Azusa with no problems. I am currently training to Hike Dome in August (16 miles with 5,000 feet in elevation gain). This will be my biggest challenge yet.

    Hard to say where your brother will end up but he seems to be making great progress and has a good attitude. Tell him to personally invest in his own recovery. There will be good and bad days but little by little things will improve - especially in the first year.

    Good luck!
  3. Hello, my brother recently suffered a SCI. It was a freak accident and he ruptured his discs from C4 to C6 and had cartilage damage at C1 which was blocking his spinal fluid. No movement from any of his extremities when he was admitted to the hospital. Today is 24 days post surgery and he is getting stronger every day. He is able to walk with some assistance for short periods though a bit unsteady. He can life is left arm and move all 5 fingers--though can't grip anything. No response from his right arm or hands. He can kind of wiggle some fingers if he concentrates really hard. Some PTs are saying he might have central cord syndrome? What are the possibilities that he will regain strength, movement and function in his arms and legs with central cord syndrome? We are encouraged by his progress, but all need more hope to refuel our optimism that this isn't the end of his recovery. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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