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can you give me some recommendation on cervical spine injury?

Question:
Around four years ago, I developed a couple ruptured disks in my cervical spine. At the same time I began having numerous simple partial seizures. Though I have always had a slight problem with Tourettes syndrome, or movement disorder, this became very pronounced. As I've mentioned here before, I also became extremely emotional. Especially without knowledge that there is a cervical spine injury involved, these things become very complex and are soon beyond the comprehension of most doctors, who immediately jump to the conclusion that its all due to emotional problems. Give 'em Prozac and send them on their way. However, I have learned that the autonomic nervous system can become messed up due to spinal cord injury, especially in the neck. I now believe that, besides all the other symptoms, seizures can be caused by autonomic nerve problems and/or head and neck injuries. I am wondering if Tourgettes can be caused by injuries to the autonomic nervous system. I might soon have some first hand experience, for I think my neurosurgeon is about to repair the ruptured disk in my neck. I can then report any changes in seizure and Tourettes activity. Any comments would be appreciated.


Answer:
Around four years ago, I developed a couple ruptured disks in my cervical >spine. At the same time I began having numerous simple partial seizures. Though I have always had a slight problem with Tourettes syndrome, or movement disorder, this became very pronounced. As I've mentioned here before, I also became extremely emotional.

Perhaps stress because of the ruptured disks is related to the increase in symptoms.

You need to see a neurologist for the anwers to your questions.



Especially without knowledge that there is a cervical spine injury involved, these things become very complex and are soon beyond the comprehension of most doctors, who immediately jump to the conclusion that its all due to emotional problems. Give 'em Prozac and send them on their way.

That is why you need to see a neurologist.



However, I have learned that the autonomic nervous system can become messed up due to spinal cord injury, especially in the neck. I now believe that, besides all the other symptoms, seizures can be caused by autonomic nerve problems and/or head and neck injuries. I am wondering if Tourgettes can be caused by injuries to the autonomic nervous system. I might soon have some first hand experience, for I think my neurosurgeon is about to repair the ruptured disk in my neck. I can then report any changes in seizure and Tourettes activity.

Talk to a psychiatrist or a neurologist. A neuropsychologist might be able to thelp.



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