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  • Interesting article on aging and spinal cord injury

    Given the discussion about aging in some topics, I thought that some people might be interested in the following article:

    http://www.emedicine.com/pmr/topic185.htm

    Wise.

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    The most common overuse syndromes causing pain in the upper extremities are degenerative joint diseases, rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff tendinitis, subacromial bursitis, and capsulitis according to Kirshblum et al. Other musculoskeletal complications include fractures of the lower extremities, which are reported to occur in as many as 6% of individuals, with the most common fracture occurring at the femur. As many of 10% of these fractures result in a nonunion.

    Nearly all pediatric patients with SCI experience scoliosis (97%). In adults with SCI, just slightly less than 50% develop scoliosis.

    Osteoporosis occurs uniformly in individuals with SCI with bone loss beginning immediately after the injury. Garland et al describe a reduction of bone mineralization as high as 22% in the first 3 months postinjury. Bauman et al have clarified the studies on bone loss, and it has been demonstrated that there is a continual linear loss of bone that is a function of time since the occurrence of SCI. Bauman's studies have been conducted on identical twins, where one twin has a SCI and the other is able-bodied. Individuals with a Brown-Séquard-type SCI have been shown to have greater bone loss in the paretic extremity as compared to the stronger extremity.
    In individuals surviving 30 years or longer following SCI, nearly 50% of all deaths occur due to premature cardiovascular disease.
    Hopefully, we'll be spared from enduring more of the devastating effects of long term SCI.

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    • #3
      what a great read - I knew there was a reason that I'm so scared of the future - so much more deterioration than AB people - quality of life non-existant - I've done the 20 years after which everything falls apart

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      • #4
        I think this is in the wrong forum - nothing about cure more about reality I guess

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        • #5
          Very disheartening read.
          _____oOo_____
          Phil C6
          "If you can't explain it to me in less than 10 seconds, it's probably not worth knowing anyway..." - Calvin

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          • #6
            I found after a couple of paragraphs it was
            better to cover one eye and read it.

            No sense to read it and weep..
            Just read it and continue on.

            You must admit paralysis is relentless..
            Somebody kick it's ass please.

            <"();::::::::::;~
            Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lindox:

              I found after a couple of paragraphs it was
              better to cover one eye and read it.

              No sense to read it and weep..
              Just read it and continue on.

              Sometimes I feel like somehow I stepped into
              a serious pile of dog poop and it's permanently stuck to my shoe.

              You must admit paralysis is relentless..
              Somebody kick it's ass please.

              <"();::::::::::;~
              <"();::::::::::;~
              Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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              • #8
                I started to read the article but decided not to finish it since I have already been having a particularly depressing week to begin with. No sense in adding more fuel.

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                • #9
                  good to know, my new sensations are documented!

                  LOL. Thanks for the info...24 years post and still deteriorating! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                  Get involved in politics as if your life depended on it, because it does. -- Justin Dart

                  I shall not tolerate ignorance or hate speech on this site.

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                  • #10
                    who wants to put a knife in me now??

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                    • #11
                      Thrill.wr

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                      • #12
                        I so did not need this. [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

                        Alive for 33 years
                        T4/5 complete for 25 years
                        Mom for 6 years

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                        • #13
                          Chins up Veterans..come on..we can do it.
                          If we show weakness..hey the kids around here might start shoveling dirt on us..

                          Maybe we need a veterans forum Sen.

                          <"();::::::::::;~
                          Life isn't about getting thru the storm but learning to dance in the rain.

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                          • #14
                            I think this is why it is so important to simulate the body functions as close to as they would be in an a/b person, ride a FES bike, walk on leg braces, exercise frequently, watch your diet, dont sit in the w/c for prolonged periods at a time, dont let depression get you down too much as this will age you.

                            I am taking all these things into consideration and at nearly 46 years old and 23 years post am in about the best shape I have ever been in during my life, even before SCI. I plan on doing my first 100 mile ride in a day on my handcycle this summer, could have never even considered that a few years back. I dont believe it has to be all bad news in getting older. I am hoping to hold onto my health for at least another 20 years, who knows, maybe I will make it to my Grandmothers age, she just turned 96, my Grandfather died at 95. Longevity runs in my family.
                            "Life is about how you
                            respond to not only the
                            challenges you're dealt but
                            the challenges you seek...If
                            you have no goals, no
                            mountains to climb, your
                            soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                            • #15
                              just before my injury I was in the best shape of my life - I have excercised and stood up etc since my accident but no way could I get back to anywhere near what I was

                              A CURE so we can walk normally is the only way we'll reverse some of the degeneration that sci has imposed on us. There I go dreaming again

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