Paralysis: Related issues and disorders

For those suffering from paralysis, whether it is permanent or temporary, the main issue is the paralysis itself. That's what changes their and has such a drastic impact on their future.

However, it is important to remember that people suffering from paralysis may also find themselves enduring all manner of related issues, both mental and physical. It's not just paralysis that causes problems. Some of the other issues commonly related to paralysis and noted by the respected Cleveland Clinic include:

  • Blood clots, especially in a person's legs
  • Issues with heart rate and blood flow
  • Problems with breathing and respiration
  • Pressure sores from not being able to move frequently, along with related skin injuries
  • Deterioration of bones, joints and muscles
  • Issues with glands and internal organs, which may no longer function normally
  • Issues with sexual abilities and performance
  • Loss of control of the bowels
  • Issues swallowing, eating and drinking
  • Trouble speaking
  • Mood changes
  • Behavioral changes

In addition to all of this, it is common for those who find themselves suddenly paralyzed -- after a workplace accident or a car accident, for instance -- to deal with depression and emotional trauma. It's something that happens so quickly; they probably felt fine at the beginning of the day and found themselves dealing with life-changing injuries by the end of the day. That's a lot to accept, and it often takes a while for people to adjust to this new reality.

If you are paralyzed or you have suffered one of these serious injuries, it is very important that you understand all of the options you have for compensation and benefits, which may include Social Security Disability benefits and more.

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