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
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.
neuronal plasticity, elderly, paraplegia
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