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Re: Spinal cord stroke (ischemia)

Re: Spinal cord stroke (ischemia)

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Posted by Alan on March 31, 2000 at 11:11:06:

In Reply to: Spinal cord stroke (ischemia) posted by MLynn Stratton on January 12, 2000 at 19:57:46:

: My 63 yr. old mother has just suffered a spinal cord stroke, the main area being affected is between C2 and C4. If anyone has any information on this subject, please let me know. Feel free to email me if you want.
: Thanks. This does seem to be rare, so any help would be wonderful.

I am a 50 year old male. April 30,1999 at 7:00am I had a spinal cord stroke at the T8 level. I don't know that I can give you much help, but it is a relief just to talk to some one who is going through the same thing. In my case the doctors were not able to find any cause for the stroke. They ended up with the diagnosis by eliminating every other cause for my condition. I am only partially paralyzed from T8 on down but I have very little useful feeling. I am able to walk with the aid of forarm crutches. Until the last couple of weeks the most diblitating effect of the stroke was the pain and absence of energy. A trip to the post office, where-in I would drive there, get out of the car, go in get the mail and then come back home, would be about all that I would be able to do in the course of a day. Suddenly I have had a resurgence of energy and am much improved. I think that it is connected to getting the pain under control. I recently switched from 7.5 mg Lortabs to Oxycontin which is a time-release med that I take twice dailly. It has made a world of difference, along with working with a Pain Clinic. It's still tough sledding. I hope for more recovery but as time goes by my chances diminish.
I hope I've helped a little. While none of us wish ill on anyone it is nice to know that we're not alone in our struggle with this freakish disorder. I wish the very best for your mother and for you and the rest of the family. Alan

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