Incomplete SCI symptoms and recovery
I hyperextended my neck in a cycling crash 6 weeks ago. Suffered temporary loss of all feeling from the neck down, although by the time they loaded me into the ambulance I was regaining sensation and movement in my feet. Degenerative disc disease discovered through MRI, bone spurs, caused a contusion to my spinal cord. Had fusion surgery 3 weeks ago to repair degenerative disc disease and relieve pressure on my spinal column. Areas affected were C4-C7. I'm up, walking, working and starting to do some VERY light strength training and spending time on the stationary bike. Believe me, I do indeed know how very lucky I am.
I am numb from the chest down to varying degrees throughout. My skin is interpreting touch in many different ways (through clothing feels normal, skin to skin is painful, inanimate object to skin very painful). Water from the shower on my torso and back is painful, but even that changes daily. My left arm has lost a lot of strength and is numb in the forearm from thumb to elbow, and outside of upper arm.
My question to anyone out there: Have you experienced anything similar to these symptoms, and if so, how long, if ever, did it take for them to clear up?
I'd really appreciate anything you can tell me :)