Top
30
Doctor insights on: Paralysis

Share
Dr. William Singer
1,058 Doctors shared insights

Paralysis (Overview)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, infection, congenital issues, etc.


Dr. William Singer
1,058 Doctors shared insights

Paralysis (Overview)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, infection, congenital issues, etc.


2

2
Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

Does a spinal cord injury always mean paralysis?

No: Fortunately, not all spinal cord injuries cause paralysis. Milder versions of the injury may simply contuse the cord and may result in little to no neurologic deficits. Other more severe injuries may severley bruise or sever the cord causing a spectrum of neurologic deficits based on location and type of injury. Full recovery is less likely with severe injuries. ...Read more

3

3
I was born with like a case of facial paralysis. What is it really called. Is it treatable?

I was born with like a case of facial paralysis. What is it really called. Is it treatable?

Moebius?: Congenital facial nerve paralysis is called moebius syndrome. (this may be what you have, although it is specific and rare.) it is caused by underdevelopment of cranial nerves vi and vii. There are no real cures for this, but there are some maneuvers to deal with the effects of the paralysis. Craniofacial centers are specialized centers that can be important resources. ...Read more

4

4
How do they treat all types of paralysis?

Wow!: There are multiple causes for paralysis, including trauma, tumors, infections, toxins, multiple sclerosis, muscle diseases, degenerative diseases, spinal cord compressions, etc. They did not provide me enough space for explanations of how to treat all of these conditions, but you might request that I do a several hour lecture. ...Read more

5

5
How is spastic paralysis treated?

How is spastic paralysis treated?

See below: Spastic paralysis is a general term for many condition in the brain or spinal cord that cause weakness or paralysis of the limbs as well as spasticity which causes increased abnormal tone in the muscles. The conditions most often associated with this conditions are brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and sometimes als. There are treatments that can reduce spasticity. ...Read more

6

6
What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

What is the best weight for the eyelid when treating facial paralysis caused by a blood clot on facial nerve?

It depends.: The weight for each person is different. The weight must be heavy enough to close the eye completely, but not so heavy that it causes partial eye closure when the person wants the eye open. Different weights are tested on each eye before the surgery to determine the best weight to implant. ...Read more

7

7
Best treatment for facial paralysis?

Best treatment for facial paralysis?

Steroids&antoviral d: Treatment of bells palsy is to start oral Prednisone and antiviral drugs. The antiviral drugs should be started as soon as the symptoms appear to be effective. Most people recover completely without any ill effects
beside the meds you need to keep the affected eye lubricated as there is inability to close the eye on affected side, use artificial tears regularly or use a patch to prevent drying eye. ...Read more

8

8
What treatments exist for flaccid paralysis?

What treatments exist for flaccid paralysis?

Flaccid: There are many causes of flaccid (loose) paralysis, starting with motor nerve synaptic malfunction (as in myasthenia), motor nerve damage (as in polio or other disorders), certain spinal cord lesions affecting motor control. Rarely certain regions of the brain can also cause flaccid paralysis or weakness. There are also some metabolic conditions. My suggestion is that you consult a neurologist. ...Read more

9

9
I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

Cure 4 paralysis?: In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute. ...Read more

10

10
Should I be worried about sleep paralysis? I've been experiencing sleep paralysis episodes recently - I know I'm awake but I just can't move or open my eyes. What can I do to get rid of sleep paralysis?

Should I be worried about sleep paralysis? I've been experiencing sleep paralysis episodes recently - I know I'm awake but I just can't move or open my eyes. What can I do to get rid of sleep paralysis?

Perhaps: You describe sleep paralysis, which can be a part of the narcolepsy syndrome, which also includes daytime drowsiness and sleeping, hypnagogic hallucinations, cataplexy. See your doctor, perhaps get over-night sleep study, but eeg might suffice. ...Read more

11

11
Name of jungle drug for muscle paralysis?

Curare: This is probably the drug you are looking for. ...Read more

12

12
What is the more preferable pill for hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Please explain. Thank you.

What is the more preferable pill for hypokalemic periodic paralysis? Potassium chloride or potassium citrate? Please explain. Thank you.

Potassium chloride: They are both fine, but potassium citrate tends to alkalize the blood a little more (shift the acid-base balance). ...Read more

13

13
Why would a high carbohydrate diet trigger weakness or paralysis on hypokalemia periodic paralysis? Please explain. Thank you.

Why would a high carbohydrate diet trigger weakness or paralysis on hypokalemia periodic paralysis? Please explain. Thank you.

Low potassium: When one eats carbohydrates, one's pancreas secretes Insulin to lower the elevated glucose level. Insulin makes glucose go out of the blood and into the cells of the body and when glucose enters the cell it is linked to potassium, which is why a high carbohydrate load will lower potassium blood levels. ...Read more

15

15
What are some ways to avoid sleep paralysis / frequent nightmares?

What are some ways to avoid sleep paralysis / frequent nightmares?

Nightmares: Cognitive behavioral treatments (cbt) such as imagery rehearsal therapy (irt) and exposure are the treatments of choice for nightmares. These is a discussion of these treatment options including references to self help methods here: http://onlinelibrary. Wiley. Com/store/10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00894.X/asset/j.1365-2869.2010.00894.X.Pdf? V=1&t=h9m2lf9o&s=a92247866696811bea11b8b9508889f2e9a4425c. ...Read more

16

16
What is paralysis?

Unable to move: As a general term, it means that nerves and muscles aren't working, and it isn't possible to move. If the spinal cord has been injured, paralysis may be permanent and irreversible. When patients are under anesthesia, certain medications may be used to relax muscles to the point that they are temporarily paralyzed. At the end of surgery, this is reversed and movement returns to normal again. ...Read more

17

17
How does someone get one-sided paralysis?

See answer below: One-sided paralysis can be frequently seen in strokes, and less frequently in hemicord injuries. ...Read more

18

18
I would like to know that is paralysis genetic? My grandfather had it, then my uncle had an one sided attack and recently my aunt. Can it be coincidence

Paralysis: Paralysis is not necessarily genetic but causes of paralysis, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other similar medical conditions can run in families and with three family members involved it would be worthwhile to find out what the causes of the paralysis were in these family members. ...Read more

19

19
Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Not likely: It is not likely that bell's palsy is genetic or inherited. ...Read more

20

20
Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Yes but rare: Facial palsy or paralysis can be inherited but this is rare. There are a number of syndromes that include facial paralysis. If this is present in a newborn then careful evaluation should be done by a pediatric specialist. ...Read more

21

21
Is there a risk of paralysis after spinal fusion? I'm worried about accidental paralysis after spinal fusion. Is this a risk? .

Yes, but unlikely: There is a risk of any surgery, and the risk includes paralysis as well as death. However, the risk is very small. Just like there is a risk of dying in a car wreck every time you drive. This just shows how important it is to attempt any alternative to surgery, and only go forward with surgery as the last resort. ...Read more

22

22
What are the risk factors for cerebral palsy?

What are the risk factors for cerebral palsy?

Multiple: The risk of CP is higher in several groups: premature (<32 wks);small for dates (<2kg); brain hemorrhage;multiple birth;low oxygen levels at birth;shaken baby syndrome; meningitis; intrauterine infection; near-drowning; carbon monoxide poisoning. All settings where the developing brain can be injured. ...Read more

23

23
Is effect of numbing injections muscle paralysis?

Is effect of numbing injections muscle paralysis?

Yes.: Medications used in numbing injections temporarily interrupt the entire function of the nerve injected. If the nerved which was injected is a sensory and motor nerve (meaning that it goes to/serves a muscle), the injection would cause numbness and paralysis. Ortho patients who have had "blocks" to improve pain control post-op experience this effect commonly. ...Read more

24

24
Name of jungle drug for muscle paralysis?

Curare: This is probably the drug you are looking for. ...Read more

27

27
How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles. ...Read more

28

28
Why can a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Why can a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

See answer below: The short answer is that the brain sends commands down the cord to tell the muscles to move. If the cord is injured, the information cannot reach the muscles and the muscles, consequently do not move. ...Read more

29

29
Why must a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Anatomy: Muscles only work because nerves stimulate them and cause them to work. Muscles can not work independently other than an occasional firing. ...Read more

30

30
Friend has muscle paralysis, numbness, coldness, slurred speech, dizziness after jogging? What is going on?

Friend has muscle paralysis, numbness, coldness, slurred speech, dizziness after jogging? What is going on?

Call 911!: Paralysis, numbness, slurred speech, dizziness can all be signs of a stroke. Needs to be assessed and treated right away in nearest er. Can be fatal or cause permanent disability - rapid treatment decreases chances of bad outcome. If it turns out not to be a stroke, could still be heart problem, severe electrolyte disturbance, or various other dangerous causes. Get friend to er now! ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more