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From a wheelchair to walking

After two years, batteries of tests, MRIs, lumbar surgery, dozens of therapy sessions, rapid decent into paralysis and finally confined to a wheelchair, the Neurologist finally got the idea of an MRI of my Thoracic Spine.. It is the only part of my entire nervous system that hadn't been imaged... Long story short, they found a large tumor at T6 that was crushing my spinal cord to the tune of 80%.. The next day I was in the hospital being prepped for surgery to remove it.. It was a total success and after two weeks of rehab I took my first steps without assistance of any kind.. Three months later, I am walking unassisted, working out in the gym, and swimming.. I was very fortunate to say the least.. The nagging question that remains is why, oh why, wasn't a Thoracic MRI ordered in the first place? Where numbness, weakness in feet, legs, torso etc.. occurs, a thorough series of MRIs from the Brain to the tailbone should be ordered as a matter of protocol....



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