Since the spinal cord is the nerve center of the body, an injury can really impact your entire body, perhaps for the rest of your life. Everyone experiences things a bit differently based on the exact nature of their injuries, but the following are a few things you may expect.
One of the main things that people note is a lack of mobility and chronic pain. This does not necessarily mean full paralysis. Even if the spinal cord heals so that you can walk, for example, you could have pain in your extremities while walking or lying down, and you could notice stiffness in your movements. You may also see a reduced range of motion.
On top of that, you could have issues with sexual dysfunction. These could be compounded with similar issues of bladder dysfunction and bowel dysfunction.
Furthermore, some people have experienced circulatory issues after a spinal cord injury, which can lead to discomfort. For example, if blood cannot flow properly to your limbs, they could feel heavy or numb, and they could be hard to move. You may also notice that your fingers and toes turn pale very easily when they get cold, due to the fact that blood is not getting to them in the proper amounts, and the cold can slow down the blood flow even further.
These are just a few examples, but they show how a spinal cord injury is often not limited to just impacting the site of that injury. If you have been dealing with these issues, be sure that you know how they could impact your right to financial compensation in Illinois
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research," accessed April. 15, 2015