I've had TM for 18 years as of July 6th.
Paralyzed from the chest(above the nipple line) down and in a wheelchair for 4 months. On a cane for another 6 months. I have a numb band around my chest and my pinky and ring finger are 90% numb on the right hand as is my lower right arm up to the arm pit. My left arm isn't as bad. I have 75 to 90% feeling from the thighs to my chest and 40 to 70% feeling from my thighs on down. I can't run. I experience nerve pain mostly in my legs and in my arms. I have some bladder issues, meaning that I can't hold it very long, and I have constipation a lot. Sometimes I have banding but much less the last 10 years.
I have mostly lived a normal life. I work full time and for a long time I was very active with biking, tennis, paintball, hiking, etc...
In 2002 I started experiencing major back pain. I cut out activities and stopped lifting things over 30 pounds. I also started taking medication for the first time.
All was well until a few months ago when I started experiencing fatigue when the weather got hot. Also, my back pain came back with a vengeance. In hindsight I realize that stress seems to be the cause of my back pain. My nerve pain comes back strong when I have back pain. MRI's are all clear of lesions, though I do have degenerative discs(but not where my back pain is).
That's the short of it
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