Being born with Cerebral Palsy meant that I would always have to deal with secondary conditions as part of the Cerebral Palsy scenario.
All types of Cerebral Palsy have their own particular characteristics of course, but because of the nature of the condition, those of us with Cerebral Palsy will always experience a wide-ranging variety of secondary conditions.
Secondary conditions, very much depend on the extent of the impairment and which part of the brain is damaged.
Some examples of those secondary conditions are outlined below:
- Deformed bones and joints;
- Sleeping issues;
- Bladder and bowel control problems;
- ADHD or ADD;
- Issues with digestion;
- Low bone density;
- Seizures and epilepsy;
- Heightened or reduced sensitivity of smell, sound and touch;
- Respiratory issues;
- Difficulty feeding & swallowing;
- Poor nutrition.
I deal with 8 of the above. All secondary conditions resulting from the initial damage develop and change over time, as we come to age with the condition and sadly that makes what we deal with harder.
Unfortunately, it is the secondary conditions arising from Cerebral Palsy, which continue to interfere with our ability to cope with Cerebral Palsy.
If we could deal with our lives any differently I am sure we would, but unfortunately any brain impairments will always have to come first and is the reason why our lives revolve around that.