Unfortunately pain is common after SCI. Studies have shown that 60-80% of people will experience pain at some point. Pain may be what is called ‘acute’ which means it stops as the injury heals, but sometimes pain persists, even paradoxically below the level of paralysis, in the areas where your relative has little or no sensation or movement. This can be frustrating and confusing.
Unmanaged pain can significantly interfere with your relative’s ability to get on with rehabilitation. Being in pain can have a big impact on how someone feels and how they react to the world around them, including you. And to see someone you love in pain can also be very stressful and upsetting.
However, there are things that can be done to keep their pain at a minimum and make sure it does not dominate your lives.