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Old 11-11-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Can you become paralysed from herniated disc?

is it possible to be parlysed from a disc herniation?

 
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Re: Can you become paralysed from herniated disc?

In a word, yes. If there is sufficient cord compression, it can cut off the blood supply to the spinal cord, resulting in permanent nerve damage. This can happen at the cervical and thoracic areas of the spine, but the spinal cord ends around the first lumbar vertebra in most people, so there is little risk of paralysis with injuries to the lumbar and sacral areas of the spine...but it can still happen...it is just much more rare.

 
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:53 AM   #3
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Re: Can you become paralysed from herniated disc?

Depending on where the herniation and SEVERITY of it is, you can lose functional ability if the herniation is impinging and damaging a nerve usually in the cervical area BUT you can have such SEVERE pain and loss of signals to the brain to parts of your leg if no surgery is done and lose muscle control AND/OR actually have cauda equina where the herniation is stopping the ability of your brain to be able to control the bladder and bowels, which is a medical emergency. People with neck herniations impinging on nerves can actually lose the ability to taste or smell sometimes also. The 'spinal cord' itself can be damaged from the cervical to the end or mid line of the throacic, lower, in the lumbar it is only the tail end of your spinal cord stemming from your brain- and you can due to herniation have cauda eqina which is a true severe medical emergency.

People can also become paralyzed bhy getting CERVICAL injections of steroids for disc herniations because IF the spinal cord is hit with the needle YOU CAN AND WILL become paralyzed, and or even lose your ability to breathe unassisted. Hope that answers your question.

 
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