Autonomic Nervous System

wayne wayne-pierce at email.msn.com
Sun Feb 13 12:35:17 EST 2000

Around four years ago, I developed a couple ruptured disks in my cervical
spine. At the same time I began having numerous simple partial seizures.
Though I have always had a slight problem with Tourettes syndrome, or
movement disorder, this became very pronounced. As I've mentioned here
before, I also became extremely emotional.
    Especially without knowledge that there is a cervical spine injury
involved, these things become very complex and are soon beyond the
comprehension of most doctors, who immediately jump to the conclusion that
its all due to emotional problems. Give 'em Prozac and send them on their
    However, I have learned that the autonomic nervous system can become
messed up due to spinal cord injury, especially in the neck. I now believe
that, besides all the other symptoms, seizures can be caused by autonomic
nerve problems and/or head and neck injuries. I am wondering if Tourgettes
can be caused by injuries to the autonomic nervous system. I might soon have
some first hand experience, for I think my neurosurgeon is about to repair
the ruptured disk in my neck. I can then report any changes in seizure and
Tourettes activity.
    Any comments would be appreciated.


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