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    I am just one year into this battle with sci. My injury was the result of an epidural abcess caused by the msra virus. The compression from this was from t2 to t11 which resulted in me originally being paralyzed from the chest down. Rather than going through the whole story I have gradually regained my ability to walk, it's not very pretty but at least it's walking. I still don't have a lot of feeling from my chest down to my knees, and cannot feel pressure with the bottom of my feet.
    I'm having an mri next week as the doctors are worried that I may have other damage. I have terrible burning and feeling as though something is wrapped around my chest but Lyrica seems to take care of alot of it. I dont have alot of muscle control in the right side of my chest. The pain meds keep my pain to I would guess about a five level. I feel very fortunate that I have regained as much as have. Also I am losing feeling in two smaller fingers on each hand.
    I was just wondering if what I was feeling was pretty normal for someone with this type of injury.
    Thank you all for letting me join this wonderful community.

    Mike

  • #2
    Welcome Mike.

    Sorry you had to join us. I don't have an answer to your questions as I am 23 years post from a car accident.

    Just wanted to welcome an NC neighbor to Carecure.
    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

    My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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    • #3
      Welcome to the forum, Mike. I don't have the medical expertise to answer your question, but hopefully your MRI will provide your doctors with the information they need to help you. It sounds like you've made excellent progress so far.
      MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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      • #4
        While spinal cord damage from spinal abscesses is not that rare, you should not have deterioration of your strength or sensation once the abscess is cleaned out and antibiotics finished. This is very concerning. You need to contact your neurosurgeon and have some tests (probably an MRI) to be sure that the abscess has not reoccurred, or that you have not developed a syrinx or some sort of further cord/root compression that is causing this deterioration.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        • #5
          Thank you all

          Just wanted say thanks for the quick answers, I have an mri this week and see a spinal specialist at Duke next week. Hopefully will have good news. just kinda ready to get back to photography so I can earn soom money, Just goingnto take a long time for me and my clients to get usd to this, My ability has not changed much you just have to find ways to workearound. I was woder if it would be alright to post some of my pictures

          Thanks All and God Bless everyone
          Mike









          god

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          • #6
            Please post your pictures, Mike.
            "If you are going through hell-keep going." -Winston Churchill

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            • #7
              yes...by all means Mike

              We love pictures here...

              Just start a separate thread in the life forum.
              T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

              My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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              • #8
                The Members Pictures forum in the Members Only forums section is the most appropriate place to post your photos, unless you want to just link to another site where you already have a gallery.

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                • #9
                  Link to my Photography

                  http://www.facebook.com/#!/photos.php?id=1726340843

                  Thanks
                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    I couldn't get the link to work Mike
                    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                    My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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                    • #11
                      Link to my Photography

                      Darkeyed Daisy I hope these linkes will work.

                      Thanks
                      Mike

                      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=8335e7a7c8

                      WWW.mikerussellphoto.com

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mike R View Post
                        Darkeyed Daisy I hope these linkes will work.

                        Thanks
                        Mike

                        http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=8335e7a7c8

                        WWW.mikerussellphoto.com
                        Great pictures...
                        T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                        My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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