March 2012


I don’t mind repeating myself: I am blessed and fascinated by this life, and the folks sharing the journey.

Props to my peeps who live with heightened sensitivity to interdependence.

Love Being, unconditionally, at the same moment (which is every moment) our being is conditioned by others.

Turn those labels and assumptions on their heads.

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What we’re talking about is not just a 3-ring circus.

I noticed. 8~)

Experienced it and blogged it!

Just a bit more looking around, to find this gem:

Wolpaw, J. R. (2007), Spinal cord plasticity in acquisition and maintenance of motor skills. Acta Physiologica, 189: 155–169. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-1716.2006.01656.x

Abstract

Throughout normal life, activity-dependent plasticity occurs in the spinal cord as well as in brain. Like other central nervous system (CNS) plasticity, spinal cord plasticity can occur at numerous neuronal and synaptic sites and through a variety of mechanisms. Spinal cord plasticity is prominent early in life and contributes to mastery of standard behaviours like locomotion and rapid withdrawal from pain. Later in life, spinal cord plasticity has a role in acquisition and maintenance of new motor skills, and in compensation for peripheral and central changes accompanying ageing, disease and trauma. Mastery of the simplest behaviours is accompanied by complex spinal and supraspinal plasticity. This complexity is necessary, in order to preserve the complete behavioural repertoire, and is also inevitable, due to the ubiquity of activity-dependent CNS plasticity. Explorations of spinal cord plasticity are necessary for understanding motor skills. Furthermore, the spinal cord’s comparative simplicity and accessibility makes it a logical starting point for studying skill acquisition. Induction and guidance of activity-dependent spinal cord plasticity will probably play an important role in realization of effective new rehabilitation methods for spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

Keywords:

conditioning;
H-reflex;
learning;
memory;
motor function;
plasticity;
rehabilitation;
spinal cord injury

Let’s set this record straight: I present with a report of symptoms, rather than complaints.

Alright, so the experience goes:
I set new baselines and much wider daily variability in ambulating and lower extremity sensation and movement, through the prior(wow) seven years. Aside: these all concurrent with upper-extremities and even previously acknowledged cognitive alterations and rebuilds (in contrast to younger fourteen years of primarily informal, targeted localized physical rehabilitation). There’s this extraordinarily complex matrix of interactions. (And, given, studies at Our Lady’s University are undoubtedly among the best cognitive therapy catalysts available.)

It’s been over twenty years since we discovered I also had spinal tumors, and almost underwent surgery, in hopes of resuming contact sports. It’s been grand, unintentional scenic routes and all. A true, living experiment.

Shall we stay receptive to the positive?

Just a cursory find, until I gain access to Wolpaw (2012)*:

Spinal Cord (2004) 42, 47–49. doi:10.1038/sj.sc.3101539
Does the neuronal plasticity exist in elderly patients? report of an unusual clinical case

G Gambardella, O Gervasio and C Zaccone

http://www.nature.com/sc/journal/v42/n1/full/3101539a.html

Abstract

Study design: Case report.

Objective: To report complete recovery after paraplegia in an elderly patient after removal of meningioma at C7-T1 level.

Setting: Department of Neurosurgery, Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Methods: An 82-year-old lady with 48 months of progressive weakness and numbness was admitted with complete paraplegia lasting 15 days. Investigations (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) demonstrated a meningioma at C7-T1. The tumour compressed the extremely thinned spinal cord. MRI after surgery showed no evidence of residual tumour and the spinal cord was of normal dimensions. The patient recovered fully and locomotion was restored.

Conclusion: Surgical decompression gave an excellent result. The result raises the possibility of neuronal plasticity.
Keywords:

neuronal plasticity, elderly, paraplegia

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Future ref:
Letter to the Editor: Jonathan R. Wolpaw* “Harnessing neuroplasticity for clinical applications” Brain aws017 first published online February 28, 2012 doi:10.1093/brain/aws017