Symptom burden in persons with spinal cord injury

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Symptom burden in persons with spinal cord injury
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Journal Article
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Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2007, vol. 88, issue 5, pp 638-645
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This survey study examines the nature and impact of various symptoms commonly reported by people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The survey included measures of the frequency, severity, and recalled course of 7 symptoms: pain, fatigue, numbness, weakness, shortness of breath, vision loss, and memory loss, as well as a measure of community integration and psychological functioning. The frequency and average severity of each symptom was computed, and the frequencies of each type of reported course were noted. Analyses estimated the associations among the symptoms, and between symptom severity and measures of patient functioning. Results showed that the most common symptoms reported by respondents with SCI were pain, weakness, fatigue, and numbness. The most severe symptoms were pain and numbness. Pain, weakness, fatigue, and memory loss were the symptoms most closely associated with patient functioning. All symptoms were reported to remain the same or to get worse more often than they improved once they began.
Jensen, Mark P.; Kuehn, Carrie M.; Amtmann, Dagmar; Cardenas, Diane D.
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