Autonomic Nervous System

wayne wayne-pierce at email.msn.com
Wed Feb 16 08:57:48 EST 2000


I saw my MRIs which show the ruptured disk pressing into my spinal cord--it
even left an abrasion or mark there after it was repaired. Prior to my
surgery, I could barely walk and my control of my arms had been impaired. I
currently have what we call "weakness" and numbness in legs and arms, which
we think is due to a second rupture. The neurosurgeon talks about how this
affects the autonomic nervous system.  So I'm wondering how this might be
associated with partial seizures and Tourettes.
    I will be able to let you know if they choose to operate. I know that
after they did the first surgery, I regained most of the use of my legs and
arms. But things have gone down hill due to the second ruptured disk.
    Let me know if I did not interpret your point correctly

Thanks,   Wayne

Jillennium <editor at moonlightpress.com> wrote in message
news:150220001046050138%editor at moonlightpress.com...
> Wayne,
> the ruptured cervical spinal disks are most likely not causing
> autonomic disturbances since they will probably not affect your spinal
> cord (encased in the protective bones of your neck).  Cervical spinal
> damage which affects the autonomic system is noted in paralysis
> patients--those with extensive damage to the spinal cord following
> serious traumatic injury such as gunshots to the high chest or neck.
> High level paraplegics and quadriplegics who have an injury above T6
> are at risk for a condition called autonomic hyperreflexia.  Tabor's
> medical dictionary will provide an adequate definition of this
> condition.  I suspect you heard about autonomic hyperreflexia (does
> this seem familiar?) and this was the beginning of your questions.
> -Jill

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