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What are some life changes after paralysis?

| Nov 2, 2018 | Catastrophic Injuries |

After an accident in California that has left you paralyzed, there are many things in your life that will change. They go beyond the obvious change that you can no longer walk. While many people may think that is the main change in your life, you will discover that the related health issues of your paralysis are much more evasive.

According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, paralysis also often affects your body systems. You may have problems regulating your body temperature. This could lead to various issues, including infections. Your muscles are likely to deteriorate due to lack of use. However, you may do daily physical therapy to prevent this. Some muscle loss is still to be expected.

You may have issues with your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Depending on where your injury is, you could have problems breathing or your heart may not function properly. This can lead to secondary issues, including infections.

It is very common for paralysis to also cause trouble controlling the bladder and bowels. You may need to have a catheter to manage your bladder. This may increase your chances of getting bladder and urinary tract infections and may also cause kidney damage. A bowel schedule may be required where you force yourself to relieve your bowels at certain times to avoid accidents.

Of course, all these health issues on top of dealing with the fact you are paralyzed may also increase your chances of depression. This information is for education and is not legal advice.