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Thread: Can injured spinal cord self repair?

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    Can injured spinal cord self repair?

    HEALTH BACKGROUND

    Perfect. 77 & have never needed any medication. No high blood pressure. No cholestrol issues. 10-20% overweight last 20 years. Always active. Rock climbing. Back packing. White water canoeing, mostly this for last 20 years.Still, since 50 not as active, so going to gym twice a week.

    4 years ago T7-C1 collapsed, so injured spinal cord such that paralyzed waist down & weak from waist up. Emergency surgery saved me. Within a month walking with one cane.

    Slow but steady improvement since, even now. About a month ago I realized I had not used my cane all morning. This had never happened before. Is my spinal cord still repairing itself? Naturally, I hope so. If it is, how can I hurry it along??? (Short of knocking a few decades off!!)

    Thank you,

    Dennis Seekins

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    Not very much and not very fast

    They used to think not, but now it does a bit. In the 80s when I had my injury SCI doc N.J. Batalin was working on muscle regeneration.

    However, my changes since then are now lots more unhelpful spaz and guts on a go slow.
    https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2...-young/7924796
    http://www.medicaldaily.com/slow-dow...decline-401019
    http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/6/607.long
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK10831/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25960414
    http://www.pnas.org/content/97/15/8612.full.pdf

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    Nothing is impossible but it would be good to get a physical exam to verify your subjective findings.

    pbr

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    This is not subjective. The "Y" machines have been there for 10 years before my injury. I know what the setting were prior the injury and what there are just after. A physical exam would tell me where I am at this very moment but would do nothing to explain my iimprovement after 3 years. Let me give you another example. I've frequently laid on the floor while watching a movie. For 2.5 years after the surgery I get off the floor by crawling over to a piece of furniture to hoist myself off the floor. Now I can get off the floor unasisted. It's not that I really want to know exactly why I'm getting better. My thought was if I knew why I'm getting better I could do something to help the process. So, why the improvement 3 years down the pike?

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    Even if you have something in your body, in your genes very specific (Salamander gene ��), medical science in 2016 will not admit it as will not know where to look at and how to recognize the difference.
    Enjoy your life Mr. LUCKY and leave your spine for Dr. Murray Blackmore research lab after you finish your run.
    www.MiracleofWalk.com

    Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary
    to what we know about nature
    Saint Augustine

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    Dear Comad,

    Can you be more specific? THanks, Dennis

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    Dennis,
    It was a joke referring to movie series x-men gene mutation...
    salamander has genes to restore broken spinal cord
    also - little more serious talk about gene's role in restoring CNS:
    here you can find more about Dr. Blackmore Murray and his gene to recovery research.

    Good Luck!
    www.MiracleofWalk.com

    Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary
    to what we know about nature
    Saint Augustine

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    I repeat, why am I improving 3 years down the pike? I've had a standard 1 mile hike I've taken for 15 years. Before SCI it took 20 minutes. A year after the mile took 2.5 hours, 2 years was 1.5 hours. Now, 3 years after it's down to 1 hour. That's a far cry from pre SCI, wouldn't you agree?

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    Dennis,
    Do you understand that you are talking to bunch of people that can not stand at all?
    I am just jealous ...yes I am ...no excuse.....no sorry...
    www.MiracleofWalk.com

    Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary
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    My injury improved for about three years and then it stopped. It did improve but is still a battle with pain.

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