Have you had an accident or, suffered a fall lately? If so, do you have any symptoms that won’t go away? Well, it may be possible that you have suffered a spinal cord injury.
When we think of a spinal cord injury, we usually picture somebody paralyzed and in extreme pain. Whilst this can happen, some spinal injuries can go unnoticed for a while.
This means that you can suffer permanent damage depending on how early you seek treatment.
But how do you know if you have a spinal injury?
Well, read on and we’ll share three symptoms of a spinal cord injury you should be aware of.
1. Back Pain or Pressure in the Back Neck and Head
One of the most common symptoms of a spinal cord injury is severe back or neck pain. This may occur immediately after an accident but you may not even develop the symptoms for hours or even days.
Also, lookout for a feeling of pressure in the back, neck, or head. You may feel pressure over a large area or, it may be isolated.
Plus, don’t ignore a feeling of pressure in the head or dismiss a spinal injury. Your spine, neck, and head are all connected so damage to the spine can result in head and neck discomfort.
If you suddenly develop any of these symptoms then seek medical help immediately. We even suggest calling 911 and requesting an ambulance. This will help reduce damage to your spine.
2. Loss of Movement
There are several spinal cord injury levels but the worst is paralysis.
When you want to move your arms, legs, fingers, toes, etc your brain sends a signal through the spine to the muscles. But, if your spine is damaged then the signal can’t get through.
So, if you suddenly have trouble moving or walking, then this could be a telltale sign of a spinal cord injury.
3. Difficulty Breathing or Coughing
If you had difficulty breathing or were suffering from a bad cough, you would likely think you had a problem with your throat or had the flu.
But, these symptoms are also common for spinal injuries.
Often if you had difficulty breathing, this would become clear soon after the accident. However, a cough could take a while to develop and could easily be dismissed as a cold or allergy.
So, if you develop any of these symptoms, then get yourself checked out.
Also, look out for other spinal cord injury symptoms including:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Your hands or feet feeling numb/tingling
- Unable to feel heat, cold, or being touched
- Changes in sexual function including fertility
Finally, it’s worth noting that you can recover from your injuries by undertaking a spinal cord injury treatment. You may be advised to have surgery or, visit a spinal cord injury rehab center.
Common Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
We hope our guide has been helpful to you.
As you can see, many symptoms can indicate if you have a spinal cord injury. If you notice any of these symptoms then seek medical help. You should also get checked out after any type of accident or fall.
Finally, check out our blog for more health tips.