I am not going to go into the medical definition or explanation of of an ischemic stroke tot he spinal cord. I am not a doctor and I do not work in the medical profession so it would be inappropriate for me to define it medically,.
I will tell you how it has been explained to me and I hope this explanation will help you understand the term as lay people.
The name tells us allot about the diagnosis. Ischemic stroke is a type of stroke and to the spinal cord tells us where that stroke occurred.
The name also poses a big question, do I have a spinal cord injury or am I stroke survivor?
When a neurologist first told me that I had damage to my spinal cord in my hospital room, I immediately began to deny that I had a spinal cord injury. I knew people in college who had spinal cord injuries and they never seem to improve and not getting better wasn’t an option for me. So I convinced myself that I had survived a stroke before i was officially told that I had survived an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord.
But the truth is that depending on who you talk to I either have a spinal cord injury or living life with a stroke.
According to my doctor, the medical community considers it a spinal cord injury and I assume I am treated as if I am a spinal cord injured patient. However, my doctor also explained to me that lay people consider it a stroke. I assume that is because many of the visual damage caused by the ischemic stroke to the spinal cord look similar to what lay people expect to see from a stroke survivor.