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« on: August 01, 2006, 09:55:58 PM »

I just Googled quadriplegic life expectancy and didn't really find what I was looking for. I know there are all sorts of variables but does anyone know whether anyone has compiled life-expectancy statistics for quads? I mean, I'm a C-6, -7 quad who broke his neck in 1963 when he was 21. My sense is that I've survived a long time, and I've certainly been expected to die off and on over the past 43 years. My physiatrist  in  the early 1980s told me my life expectancy was unaffected by my SCI. I doubted he had statistics to back his opinion but didn't quarrel. I guess what I'm looking is a sort of baseball almanac of SCI statistics. Think it exists?
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2006, 09:57:06 AM »

Coach,

I'm sure it/they does exist (ish) as I remember in the early days of my compensation claim being shown some 'slides' on it & depending on whether you were incomplete or complete etc as to what the reduction was. Mine was between 5-10 years less off of the average life expectancy but no one knows for sure as it's soooo different for everybody but there are averages I'm sure.

I thought I saw Andy had these or similar once or am I having a senior moment again.  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2006, 10:02:56 AM »

When I took out life insurance, they increased my age by 10 years, meaning at 34, I was paying the premium of a 44 year old.

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2006, 10:11:35 AM »

Have been given this information. Dont know the source and cannot say it is accurate.

Life Expectancy: On average, an individual with SCI has a reduced life expectancy compared with persons without a spinal cord injury.

A paraplegic, who was 20 years old at the time of injury and is one year post-injury, can expect to live another 46.0 years; a 40 year old at time of injury, 28.3 years; and a 60 year old at time of injury, 13.2 years.

A low level (C5-C8) tetraplegic, who was 20 years old at the time of injury and is one year post-injury, can expect to live another 41.8 years; a 40 year old at time of injury, 24.7 years; and a 60 year old at time of injury, 10.7 years.

A high level (C1-C4) tetraplegic, who was 20 years old at the time of injury and is one year post-injury, can expect to live another 38.2 years; a 40 year old at time of injury, 21.8 years; and a 60 year old at time of injury, 8.8 years.

Cause of Death: Many medical advances have been made in the care of persons with spinal cord injury over the last 40 years. Whereas a large percentage of persons with SCI did not survive in years past, individuals today can expect to live close to a normal life span. The major causes of death today are respiratory diseases (22.0%), heart disease (20.6%), external causes (16.0%), cancer (11.0%), septicemia (9.8%) and all other causes (20.6%).

Where does that leve me who was 30 at time of accident!
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 10:21:17 AM »

On a side note to this, there is an argument raging here in Scotland over a woman who was quoted what she thinks is an extortionate sum for insurance to go to Disneyland. The woman is in a wheelchair, suffers from cancer and other ailments and feels she has been "unfairly" treated.

I am probably going to leave myself wide open here for criticism but nevertheless, IMO being disabled I expect to pay higher insurance, etc, for things than an able bodied. Simply because, I need more care and medication than an able bodied person.

When I do anything I expect to have to make different arrangements from an AB person simply because I know that I cannot do things the way they can. I can honestly say that when flying I am always treated with courtesy and have never had a problem. Simply because I make the arrangements well in advance and  tell the whole story as it is. Yes, I use a chair but I am ambulent enough to be able to assist myself as well.

I think Insurance Companies are quite right to look after themselves, after all, it is a bit thick if someone who requires 24x7 care, needs a band of carers, etc, get insurance for the same cost as someone who can go under their own steam.

Sometimes, I think half of the complaints that are made are caused by a certain band of disabled who get the rest of us a "tagging" because they are surly or go about things the wrong way. I find, if I am totally honest and polite then folks are the same back.

As a final comment, I can say that I am finding a different treatment here in Scotland compared to England. Folks up here are more inclined to ask if I need help. Whereas in London, they sped past me.

Just my opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2006, 10:47:01 AM »

emotive subject this one, I was told by one Dr I would live 7-10 years less because of my sci but I think the general thinking now is that with proper management and prevention of sci complications like sores/infections that life expectancy is reasonably comparable to someone without sci.  A lot of the facts and figures out there were made at a time when complications untreated or mismanaged led to death which ultimately was avoidable.......

As for insurance I pay comparable rates for travel insurance but have my disability listed and checked yearly by the company, with no extra premium.  I haven't tried getting new life insurance but feel that Simon has been treated unfairly because of is disability by being asked to pay the premiums of someone 10 yrs older, in fact I think that is dscriminatory if you are in good health otherwise.  Might be worth seeking advice from solicitor/citizens advice to see if they can lawfuly do that

 
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2006, 07:16:38 PM »

Thanks for the answers. I assume our (specifically my and other low-level quads) life expectancy is somewhat reduced because of our diminished breathing capacity, relatively brittle bones, and lack of exercise. I'd expect us to have more issues than normal with blood clots, too. My 1980s physiatrist who said my life expectancy was normal also said that merely being up in my chair constituted significant exercise. I'd like to believe it but don't. Studies have probably been done on that, and if time in my (power) chair really does burn calories and you know it, I'd like to. 

Gary, my favorite special-notice traveling incident was on an American Airlines Flight. Usually I'm required to sit in an aisle seat and that's that, but on one flight a stewardess came to me and told me that in the event of an emergency I would be her responsibility and that she would come help me--after everyone else was off the plane. I thanked her.

Moose, I hit the Additional Options and asked for notification of Replies but didn't get them.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006, 07:25:44 PM »

I'll check that out Coach .... reply to this message again please someone, as I've now ticked the box too to see if it works  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2006, 07:59:24 AM »

Here's my reply - I am investigating!
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2006, 10:37:09 AM »

it worked for me Coach, got an email from forums telling me Gary had replied  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2006, 10:45:43 AM »

Coach you should be getting replies notified to you by email, it worked fine for me, if you go to

profile ---> Notifications and Email [left hand side]

it will show you which messages you have notification switched on for, you'll only get notification of 'first unread reply' by default, if u want notification of every reply you have to uncheck the box

Only other thing it could be is your email address but that looks ok to me

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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2006, 09:02:45 PM »

errrrrrr
1966+40 years =2066......errrrr 2006,,,,prefer the idea of the first date , but thanks andy.

the state taught me everything i know,hehe

oops i  better get religion.....quick!
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2006, 09:36:08 PM »

Or convince the arithmetic/typo under-God you really do have another 59 years. angel
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2006, 10:27:29 PM »

Or convince the arithmetic/typo under-God you really do have another 59 years. angel

lol coach the typo under god  gets me all the time too  tard

Ps Ray you can 'modify' posts after they are posted if u want to  Smiley theres a link in the message body
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