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Seven months in a Spinal Injury Hospital

Postby Barry Simpson on Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:37 pm

An accident in January 2013 left me with my neck broken at C4/5, spinal injury, paralysis below the chest, severe spasticity and double incontinence. After 4 days in a local hospital, I was taken to a specialist spinal injury hospital 70 miles from where I live. Remarkably little was achieved for such a long stay.

I was not offered any treatment for my injury. None of the other patients I spoke to were offered any. Still I do not know what spinal injury specialists do.

Treatment of side-effects was only partially successful. I had and still have some relief of spasticity from Baclofen but this is far from complete. Infections were treated successfully with drip-feeds. I have since found that they can be prevented much more easily using Nitrofurantoin.

Nursing was effective in preventing pressure sores but I have since found that this could have been achieved with less trauma to the patient and occupying less nursing time by using better mattresses.
Perhaps 1 in 4 or 5 patients could walk after a few months: their nerves had regenerated naturally. They will probably have felt their stay in hospital was more worthwhile than I do of mine.

Is anyone willing to share their experience in such a specialist hospital?
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Re: Seven months in a Spinal Injury Hospital

Postby talkhealth on Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:05 pm

Hi Barry Simpson,

So sorry to hear of the life changing spinal injury you experienced back in 2013, it must be very difficult to be in your position and frustrating to find the answers you are looking for.

We can not unfortunately offer any medical opinion to you or give out any advice on this matter but would suggest that you have a look at this link below which will take you to a charity that may be able to give you the information you are looking for;

The charity may have more information or perhaps even be able to put you in touch with someone who has been through this treatment possibly?

If not, you should perhaps an appointment to speak with your GP or Consultant to discuss your concerns and to go through everything in more detail and explain the options open to you, if indeed there are any.

Hope this helps, but do let us know how you get on.


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