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The Lasting Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury


Spinal cord injuries most often cause some form of paralysis, which is divided into four categories: total, permanent, partial, and temporary. The two “least severe” forms of paralysis are partial and temporary, as one indicates the paralysis only affects a portion of a body part, and the other indicates it should lessen in time. However, as medical doctors and spine injury victims alike can attest, there is truly no spinal cord damage that is not severe. This is due to the fact that even paralysis that is diagnosed as partial and temporary can have permanent or lingering impacts on the patient.

After suffering a “minimal” spinal cord injury, a patient still could experience:

  • Chronic pain: Our spinal cords are tasked with carrying all sorts of messages through the nerve bundle, including pain triggers. It is not uncommon for temporary paralysis to be lifted over time but also be replaced by soreness, spikes of pain, and general discomfort. A patient suffering from chronic pain will run into a myriad of other problems, such as the need for constant painkillers.
  • Balance issues: Although our equilibrium primarily controls our ability to remain balanced, patients recovering from paralysis sometimes report difficulty standing straight due to nerve damage that affects the lower portions of the spine. Sudden waves of dizziness can also occur.
  • Insomnia: While the causation is not well understood yet, people with spinal injuries do often develop insomnia. There appears to be a correlation between the central nervous system’s basic functions and our ability to fall asleep easily. If the spine is damaged, then it could compromise the patient’s sleep cycle permanently.
  • Lessened enjoyment of life: It is unreasonable to expect a person who has suffered partial or temporary paralysis will not also suffer some sort of psychological trauma. Comparatively brief periods of paralysis can still be harrowing enough to permanently lessen the person’s enjoyment of life, especially if the injury prevents them from finding gainful employment.

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