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Ptemp, July 27,  2019  10:14am EST

Spinal cord stroke

I had a mild spinal cord stroke on May 8, 2019. My only risk factors were age (67), family history and history of migraines. I have mild weakness and sensory deficits from just above the waist down to toes on both lower extremities. I would like to hear from anyone else who has had a spinal cord stroke and/or those who may have information about them. This type of stroke is pretty rare so there seems to be limited information out there. I am happy to say that my residuals are now minimal after having completed physical therapy. 

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    JOAQUIN, July 27,  2019  12:19pm EST


    I must admit that I had never heard of a spinal cord stroke. Aside from the migrains, were there any symptoms prior to the event? What finally caused you to seek medical help?

    Glad that you are doing so much better! Keep us posted, won't you?

  • Ptemp
    Ptemp, July 28,  2019  5:14pm EST


    I woke up one morning with severe, burning middle back pain. The next morning, the pain was much better but I had trouble walking.  I went to the doctor and was told that it was likely back strain but if the leg weakness worsened, go to the ER, which I did the following morning.  Differential diagnoses following initial MRI were spinal cord stroke, spinal cord infection, and autoimmune disease. A second MRI was able to confirm stroke at T5-6 levels.

    Thanks for your comment.



  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, July 29,  2019  12:59pm EST

    Good morning, I am not familiar with this condition as well, so I checked the NIH website and found this article Spinal Cord Infarction Information Page. Please let me know if it was helpful or not. Thanks, Katie

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