Quadriplegia

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What is quadriplegia?

Quadriplegia or tetraplegia is paralysis of all four limbs caused by trauma (such as car crash, fall or sports injury), disease (such as transverse myelitis or polio) or congenital disorders, such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis.

Common symptoms reported by people with quadriplegia

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 quadriplegia

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
quadriplegia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

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

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

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for quadriplegia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
quadriplegia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 21
30s 34
40s 53
50s 35
60s 24
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 122
Female 53

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 30
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from quadriplegia patients who have completed their condition history
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