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Q&A: What's your number-one day-to-day living problem?

Daily Challenges After a Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Experiences with Paralysis

People living with spinal cord injury have daily living problems specific to paralysis. Many report bowel and bladder management as an inconvenience, as well as skin inspections for pressure sores and dealing with neuropathic pain.

Others are concerned about finding reliable caregivers to help with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, and for higher levels of injury, eating. Many get upset when faced with architectural barriers or frustrated over lack of access to adaptive transportation.

We asked 100 men and women to share their personal experiences about everyday life after paralysis. Here are their most common problems: