Neurogenic shock after a spinal cord injury

| Feb 11, 2021 | Serious Injuries

There are many conditions that can impact you after you suffer a spinal cord injury. While many are minor, some others, such as neurogenic shock, are very serious. It’s imperative that anyone who’s suffered a spinal cord injury know the signs of this condition so they can get help if they need it. 

What is neurogenic shock?

Neurogenic shock occurs when the body’s blood circulation is irregular. This can lead to a drop in blood pressure that can permanently damage body tissues. If left untreated, this condition is fatal. 

Neurogenic shock can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Increased sweating
  • Pale skin
  • Blank stares
  • Fainting

Other symptoms, such as chest pain or breathing issues, might be present in severe cases. Individuals who have a spinal cord injury should ensure they seek medical care if they have any of these symptoms. 

What’s the treatment for neurogenic shocks?

Doctors will do a variety of tests that might include MRI or CT scans. You’ll likely receive intravenous fluids to help get your blood pressure regulated. Some medication management might also be necessary for the blood pressure and other symptoms that you have. The goal is to get you stable so that there isn’t any further damage done to your body. 

Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury is likely to have a lengthy recovery that’s filled with costly medical treatments. Being able to cover the cost is often difficult. If the injury was the result of another person’s negligence, you might pursue a claim for compensation to help shift the cost to the liable party.

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