Our family of four lives in a small city of Whitsett NC. My wife Brenda Szyminski is a healthy 41 year old female. Brenda had a fall from a ladder on April 7th 2017 falling onto her neck shoulder and back on a set of stairs and railing while she was doing some spring cleaning causing immediate and severe pain and weakness in and throughout her left arm,hand and shoulder so severe that she had to be driven to the emergency room where she received X-rays. The X-rays come back with no broken bones and she was given a shot to relieve her pain and then she was sent home. Brenda's pain flared up again and continued on for days and Brenda was ordered by her physician to have a MRI immediately to see what was causing this extreme pain. Brenda's MRI finally arrived and a phone call was received from her physician about a hour later after the MRI was taken. My wife Brenda was told that her spinal cord was traumatized and that it was a high priority for her to get a appointment scheduled immediately to meet with a Neurosurgeon in Greensboro. NC about 20 minutes away. Brenda's scheduled appointment day came and upon meeting with her neurosurgeon the results was not one but two herniated disc's between her vertebrae. Brenda's surgeon said there was no option but surgery because her spinal cord was pinched and there was no surrounding spinal fluid protecting her spinal cord due to the herniated disc's and the surgeon recommended a simple and common cervical-fusion surgery one of the most common surgery's done today very common is what she was told in fact she was told she would be up and walking right after the surgery. Brenda took a leave of absence from her place of employment and told her employer that she could possibly be back to work in a few weeks. Brenda's surgery day came on Thursday May 4th 2017. Brenda's first surgery was completed at 10:38 pm and she was in a recovery room in the Moses Cone ICU unit. Brenda's surgeon soon after came to the waiting area and quickly called myself who is Brandon her husband and son Derrick to the consultation room and quickly closed the door. Brenda's surgeon told me there were complications somewhere within the surgery and that she was currently paralyzed from the neck down at this time. The surgeon soon became concerned about a possible blood clot so the surgeon told me and our son Derrick that Brenda was going back into surgery to check for a blood clot or anything that might be pinched or pushing on her spinal cord causing this hopefully temporary paralysis. Brenda's second surgery continued until 12:38am. Brenda was in recovery once again with the same paralysis. Brenda's surgeon was now ordering a MRI once again to look for what might be causing this unlikely outcome. The MRI came back and the conclusion was a traumatized spinal cord before surgery from the accident and the swelling and trauma from the surgery itself added extra tramma to the spinal cord and nerve's. Brenda's surgeon felt hopeful and felt that she could very well come around and felt it was temporary and that in time she she would get better. I immediately asked the surgeon for a second opinion. The second opinion came the following day and the conclusion was the same from the second surgeon. The second surgeon made the same conclusion and gave the same response with saying he believed it was temporary paralysis and in time she could recover and that he was very hopeful. Brenda was admitted in the Moses Cone ICU unit from May 4th 2017 until May 12th. Brenda explained her pain as severe burning like her entire body was on fire and she was plugged into a wall socket 24/7 with intensive nerve spasms and no feeling or movement from the breasts down to her feet. Brenda couldn't feel or move her left arms,fingers and or her legs,feet or toes. Brenda is currently receiving many medications to help with the pain and keep the nerve spasms and spasticity down to a minimum so that she can continue with physical therapy. Brenda had extensive rehab four hours a day in the Moses Cone Hospitals extensive rehab unit from May 12th to June 9th. Brenda has had daily in home physical therapy ever since May 12th and is very slowly showing positive signs of improvement in motion just after four months. Brenda's recovery is slow even after four months. Brenda has daily pain,numbness and tingling throughout her body but is slowly showing positive all positive signs of movement. Brenda is currently doing water and in home physical therapy daily to help her recover from this unlikely event. Brenda's neurosurgeon and rehabilitation doctors recommended extensive physical and occupational therapy for up to four hours a day for the first year. Physical and occupational therapy along with having a positive attitude are the two most important things in Brenda's recovery. Brenda's heath insurance only covers a maximum of thirty physical and occupational visits per calendar year combined and that's not nearly enough to get Brenda up and walking again. All proceeds will go directly for Brenda's extensive physical and occupational therapy. Brenda just wants her life back and to walk again and she would give anything to do that one day.. God Bless Everyone For The Wonderful Donations And For Keeping Brenda In Your Daily Thoughts And Prayers.
CURRENTLY SINCE APPROX. 1 year ago. I Have Gotten worse in the past year due to the amount of pain in my body getting worse. I Was doing very well a year ago and we have no idea what set in but I cannot even do therapy at the pool right now and have the look forward To having a baclofen pump inserted in the side of my stomach and I was told it will take 3 weeks to heal and it will be Extremely painful for that amount of time to heal because it is a sensitive spot and it will stick out of my body about an inch. So scared to go under the knife again but I do not have a choice . Thank each and everyone of you were at least taking the time to read my article. God Bless You
I ask that each and every one of you please take the time to read this article about spinal cord injuries which is what I have, And is extremely painful throughout the entire body. I am on the highest meds possible and I still have a pain level of 7-9 everyday. I take 42 pills A-day and I'm still in a lot of pain. Our insurance don't cover very much, And our deductible is $6500 that we have paid 3 times already, We are seriously going bankrupt if we do not get some help with my medical so please keep me in your prayers and if you can donate anything I would be So entirely grateful. All we have left my husband and I is our home and we do not want to lose it. God-bless each and everyone of you that says a prayer for us or donates to my go fund me page. Thank you
What are the treatments for spinal cord injury (SCI)? Unfortunately, there are at present no known ways to reverse damage to the spinal cord. However, researchers are continually working on new treatments, including prostheses and medications, which may promote regeneration of nerve cells or improve the function of the nerves that remain after an SCI.
SCI treatment currently focuses on preventing further injury and empowering people with an SCI to return to an active and productive life.
At the Scene of the Incident Quick medical attention is critical to minimizing the effects of head, neck, or back trauma. Therefore, treatment for an SCI often begins at the scene of the injury.
Emergency personnel typically:
Immobilize the spine as gently and quickly as possible using a rigid neck collar and a rigid carrying board Use the carrying board to transport the patient to the hospital In the Emergency Room Once the patient is at the hospital, health care providers focus on:
Maintaining the person's ability to breathe Immobilizing the neck to prevent further spinal cord damage Health care providers also may treat an acute injury with:
Surgery. Doctors may use surgery to remove fluid or tissue that presses on thespinal cord (decompression laminectomy); remove bone fragments, disk fragments, or foreign objects; fuse broken spinal bones; or place spinal braces.1 Traction. This technique stabilizes the spine and brings it into proper alignment. Methylprednisolone (Medrol). If this steroid medication is administered within 8 hours of injury, some patients experience improvement. It appears to work by reducing damage to nerve cells and decreasing inflammation near the site of injury. Experimental treatments. Scientists are pursuing research on how to halt cell death, control inflammation, and promote the repair or regeneration of nerves.2 See "Is there a cure for SCI?" People with SCI may benefit from rehabilitation, including3,4:
Physical therapy geared toward muscle strengthening, communication, and mobility Use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and leg braces Use of adaptive devices for communication Occupational therapy focused on fine motor skills Techniques for self-grooming and bladder and bowel management Coping strategies for dealing with spasticity and pain Vocational therapy to help people get back to work with the use of assistive devices, if needed Recreational therapy such as sports and social activities Improved strategies for exercise and healthy diets (obesity and diabetes are potential risk factors for persons with SCI) Functional electrical stimulation for assistance with restoration of neuromuscular function, sensory function, or autonomic function (e.g., bladder, bowel, or respiratory function).5
I Probably would not have been in this situation but my doctor did nothing that you read up above.