Spinal cord injury

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What is spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injury may involve the spinal cord, vertebrae, or both that causes permanent and/or progressive interruption of impulse conduction.

Common symptoms reported by people with spinal cord injury

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with spinal cord injury

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
spinal cord injury (11) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
spinal cord injury (8) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) spinal cord injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
3
Tried for
spinal cord injury (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
spinal cord injury (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with spinal cord injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with spinal cord injury

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal cord injury (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness bone loss 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
spinal cord injury (11) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal cord injury (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizzy spells dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
spinal cord injury (8) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
increased insomnia
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5) spinal cord injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal cord injury (2 evaluations)
Side effects
bulging disc fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
spinal cord injury (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for spinal cord injury (1 evaluation)
Side effects
vertigo
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
spinal cord injury (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with spinal cord injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has spinal cord injury on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 80
30s 193
40s 298
50s 419
60s 228
70+ 87
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 32
20-29 years 45
30-39 years 46
40-49 years 39
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 7
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 709
Female 644

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 245
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from spinal cord injury patients who have completed their condition history
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