Central Cord Syndrome

About 15 years ago, I had an accident at a pool where I hit my back on the edge. I immediately felt like a surge of electricity went through my body and into my head. The next day my left foot was numb. I went to the doctor and he told me he didn't know what it was, but not to worry about it. Then both feet went numb, then I started to feel fluid on the inside of my back. I went to the hospital and they did a myriad of tests and MRIs, but still couldn't find anything. The numbness progressed to chest level and I pursued more medical advice and eventually did a CTScan and a spinal tap. Neither of these tests produced any noteworthy results. During this testing phase I continually mentioned the feeling of fluid along the inside of my back and that I thought I may have punctured or injured my spine in some way, and was immeditaly dismissed by doctors telling me I couldn't possibly have had enough trauma to damage my spine. The numbness eventually shifted instantly one day from my chest down to my feet into my hands. To this day, I still have no sense of touch on the palm side of my hands and my grip strength is fine initially, but gets very fatigued and painful very quickly.

Recently, I briefly described my issue to my orthpoedic (yes, sadly I have an ortho I call more often than my primary). Without having any MRIs or tests to review, he mentioned that without more information, it sounds like Central Cord Syndrome. I've researched CCS for the last few months and tend to think maybe he has solved this mystery, but then have doubts based on history. Does CCS sound like a plausible explanation to my issue? And more importantly, if we confirm CCS would surgery give me feeling in my hands again, or have those nerve receptors most likely become useless given the 15 year timeframe?

Any advise/info would be greatly appreciated.


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