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    Spinal Shock and Spinal Swelling

    I'm still in spinal shock and am now just starting to come out of it. What exactly does spinal shock mess with? Like what does it restrict, sensation, function, etc... When I come out of spinal shock what could come back? Can't spinal shock last for up to 1 year and a half?

    Also, my spinal cord was horribly and horrificly crushed. I was told that after it is decompressed it will swell, same question as the spinal shock one, what does spinal swelling prevent? What is possible of returning after spinal cord is not swollen anymore? How long will cord be swollen? I've been told 2 years.

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    Your friendly neighborhood WonderDerek!

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    Derek,

    Dr. Wise describes spinal shock here:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showpos...61&postcount=7

    I do not believe spinal shock lasts for a year. But it is true that it is only after decompression and when the swelling in the spinal cord subsides can you learn the extent of damage to the cord. Swelling can take quite a while to subside. As swelling goes down, one may experience returns.
    Daniel

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    Derek, I came out of spinal shock around a month post. The docs said, 3 weeks after this, if i don't get any return, i'm not going to get any. 2 months after spinal shock is when I first moved my right toe, so I wouldn't listen to the doctors unless they arn't tards.
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    I understand that when you're in spinal shock, you have no spasms.

    I started getting spasms around 3 or 4 weeks after injury, so I presume that is when I came out of spinal shock.

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    I was told spinal shock was anywhere from 3 weeks to 1 1/2 years. Oh well...

    I had spasms a month after my accident but my bladder couldn't void on it's own and now it's ridiculous how much my bladder spasms. My leg stopped and my bladder started, lol.

    Corey, I was able to move my big toe on my right foot when I got home 2 months ago, which was 2 months after the accident, and then I got to the point where I was able to move 3 toes but only every now and then. It was so exhausting when I would try to move them and after moving them, just a smidge, I was so burnt out. It was so unbelievably hard to move them but for some reason I can't anymore

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    I was the same way Derek, it took so much concentration my face would turn beat red trying to do it. Did you e-stim it? As soon as I get movement I started e-stimming it, and then more stuff just woke up. I think next was my inner thigh muscle that would move ur leg inward which was weird because it wasn't even close to my toe.

    On my bad leg, i use to be able to move my 2nd toe, and that stopped, its weird how stuff comes and leaves
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee
    I was the same way Derek, it took so much concentration my face would turn beat red trying to do it. Did you e-stim it? As soon as I get movement I started e-stimming it, and then more stuff just woke up. I think next was my inner thigh muscle that would move ur leg inward which was weird because it wasn't even close to my toe.

    On my bad leg, i use to be able to move my 2nd toe, and that stopped, its weird how stuff comes and leaves
    Never tried e-stiming, didn't know it could help from that. How much is an e-stim machine??

    My face would become beat red as well. The other night when I was laying on my back I put my finger on a hip muscle a nd felt that it was being stretched, I had been sitting all day and now was laying. I tried to move it, not expecting anything, and felt the left hip muscle TRYINGto work if that makes sense . The muscle did, however, tighten one time for a second or two. Hasn't done it since.

    So, do you think the e-stim had something to do with all of your returns? I still want your cord, bro!

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    I read your profile wonderderek and it says you got injured the same
    day as me, only I gut hurt a year earlier.

    Keps, thats strange because I had spasms in the first few weeks of
    my injury and my docs told me it was because of spinal shock.

    I stopped having spasm about a month after my injury because of
    the LMN injury. Wish I had them though.

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    That is weird Buck, i had no spasims until i came out of spinal shock. I thought i was cured becuase i was moving my legs but the doc promptly told me, no thats spasims. i was like, O RLY? F U. hah

    Derek, I would highly recommend E-stim unit, I give the most of my return due to my stim unit. I would have a quad gut if it wasn't for this stim unit. Becuase i did have a huge ass quad gut until i started using this thing, and i stopped eating big meals. If i don't e-stim my left leg (the bad one) every day you can notice a huge difference. My knee gets so unstable, because its connected by the quads. Same with the hamstring. So i love my e-stim unit, i'd make sweet love to it if it was possible.
    Mine is an empi focus unit, its not a TENS unit its a neuromusclar unit. I had a post of it and pics, i'll see if i can find it. It cost around 800, insurance didn't cover it, but some do.
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