Catastrophic Injuries Change Lives
A catastrophic injury from a fall, failed medical procedure, accident or vehicle collision can change your life -- and the lives of your loved ones -- in an instant.
Spinal Cord Injuries, Paralysis & Autonomic Dysreflexia
Spinal Cord Injuries
Sometimes when people fall or collide with things, theirs neck bend or snap in sudden, dramatic ways or they injure their spine. These injuries are called collectively, spinal cord injuries. They can result in partial or complete paralysis. When someone is paralyzed, they lose the ability to move, and sometimes feel, a part or most of their body.
As a result of a spinal cord injury, the bundle of nerves that runs up one’s back to their brain is cut. Signals from the rest of the body can no longer make it to the brain, and the brain can no longer fully communicate with the rest of the body to tell it to move or sense things, like when things are too hot. For many individuals who have suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury, paralysis is a permanent, debilitating condition. Being paralyzed is devastating enough, but there are additional health conditions and risks that can be life-ending in the absence of proper care. One such condition is autonomic dysreflexia.
What Is Autonomic Dysreflexia?
Some people with serious spinal cord injuries develop a syndrome called autonomic dysreflexia. This is a potentially life-threatening syndrome. It involves your autonomic nervous system, which controls your bodily functions that you do not have to think about like breathing, digesting food, and pumping blood throughout your body. It is usually preceded by a bladder issue like a unitary tract infection, bowel issues like constipation, or skin problems like pressure sores. Symptoms include thundering headaches, high blood pressure, skin blotching, and cold clammy skin.
Essentially, what happens is that something affects your body below where the spinal cord injury is – like an infection or tightness of the skin by restrictive clothing. The body then tries sending signals to the brain, but those messages never reach the brain because the roadway – the spinal cord – has been blocked, so the body cannot respond in its usual way.
Symptoms of Autonomic Dysreflexia
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe spinal cord injury, the following symptoms may indicate the onset of autonomic dysreflexia and require prompt medical attention: a severe or "pounding" headache; red blotches on the skin around or above the spinal cord injury location; a flushed face; nasal stuffiness; nausea; sweating above the spinal cord injury site; a slow heart rate (also known as bradycardia); goosebumps below the spinal cord injury site; and cold or clammy skin below the injury site.
The Dangers Of Autonomic Dysreflexia
When the brain and the body are unable to communicate due to a spinal cord injury, the body increases activity of the sympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system; that’s the system involved in your body’s fight or flight response. In short, the body is confused as signals are continually being sent in both directions, but the signals are not being received or acted upon in the normal way, and so the body starts trying to protect itself. This causes the blood vessels to narrow, which in turn causes your blood pressure to rise. Rapidly rising blood pressure is dangerous and can many cause many problems. Quick, proper medical attention is necessary to avoid a stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema or cerebral hemorrhage -- all of which are life-threatening conditions.
Spinal cord injuries in general, and those who suffer from autonomic dysreflexia specifically, require a lifetime of specialized care that can cost tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, many patients and families are unaware of these risks and the long-term care that is necessary to prevent even more devastating injuries and death; being unprepared can have dire results.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER ALONE
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury, the attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are here to help you -- and your family -- get the justice you deserve and the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, long-term care and lost income.
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