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Are there any alternate good alternative treatments for periodic limb movement?

Are there any alternate good alternative treatments for periodic limb movement?

Usually need no rx: Periodic limb movements are usually harmless and need no treatment. Lots of people have them. Rarely, they may cause insomnia or excessive sleepiness and may need treatment. Medicines like ropinirole or Pramipexole might help. If they do not, there are other medicines that might help. ...Read more

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Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

Not aware of any: Periodic limb movements in sleep are perhaps similar to restless leg sydrome, but represent sudden nocturnal jerking while asleep. No otc preps seem useful, but drugs such as clonazepam, ropinorole, pramipexole, and even l-dopa may control this. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for paralysis?

What are alternative treatments for paralysis?

Depends on cause: With paralysis from a stroke or from a spinal cord injury, the mainstays of treatment start with physical and occupational therapy. The goal is to retrain the muscles and decrease disuse atrophy and spasticity (stiffness). There is a lot of research being done on stem cell transplants and electrocortical activation of prosthetics. We anxiously await their progress. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

Well not sure: What treatments you are getting. In general muscle exercises and physical therapy are useful. Do they know why your spinal muscles are atrophied? Ask yuor doctor who is handling this. There is no quick cure. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for facial nerve paralysis?

No really: No dependable alternative therapies exist. The cause of the paralysis is very important. A bell's palsy should probably be seen and treated by an ENT to ensure appropriate treatment (high dose steroids +/- decompression surgery). If the paralysis is complete, surgical options exists for the various problems associated with the paralysis. See a facial plastic surgeon w/ experience in this area. ...Read more

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What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

Dystonia: Stopping the medication that is causing the dystonia, if it is is sevesre IV Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for machado-joseph ataxia?

Are there any treatments for machado-joseph ataxia?

Yes: Consult a neuro physician to discuss your problem and treatment options. ...Read more

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Are there effective treatments for dyslexia and amblyopia?

Are there effective treatments for dyslexia and amblyopia?

Dyslexia is a : Language-based learning disability that is brain-based. Intensive, long-term, multimodal therapy can improve reading skills & actually change the areas of the brain recruited for reading to those activated by fluent readers. ("overcoming dyslexia" by dr. Shaywitz). Ped. Ophthalmologists treat amblyopia with eye drops to blur vision in the better eye + glasses. Young kids usually have good results. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Yes: There are many therapies. You simply need to meet with your neurologist to figure out the best regimen to control the symptoms and have an excellent quality of life. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

You Bet There Is!!: First, you are better if taking a very potent ms medicine, such as tysabri (natalizumab) or gilenya, as "off label" both have shown ability to prevent brain atrophy, and improve fatigue and cognition. Second, have adequate levels of vit d, taking 5-10000 units daily. The traditional Alzheimer's meds do not help usually, but would consider a trial of 2 medical foods, axona, and cerefolin-nac, and ?Galantamine. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for progessive aphasia?

Are there treatments for progessive aphasia?

Some: Progressive aphasia is the most difficult to treat but researcher are looking into new treatments such as electrical brain stimulation (no surgery involved) in addition to speech therapy to foster recovery. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

What are some alternative treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

Collaborative care: Psp is a rare degenerative disease of the brain involving movement & balance as well as changes in mood, behavior and personality. Conventional medicine has no cure. Homeopathy does not treat the specific pathological condition, but can help the person by applying the single homeopathic medicine called for by his/her specific experience. You need a very well-trained homeopath to work with you. ...Read more

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What are the effective treatments or exercises for vertigo?

What are the effective treatments or exercises for vertigo?

Medications: There are medications for vertigo that effective in controlling vertigo. An exercise called apley's maneuver is also effective in some persons. ...Read more

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Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Exercise: Muscle cells are replaced by fat as we age & nerve pathways that aren't being stimulated die out. Make sure that the weakness is not being caused by other conditions, however. It's too easy to say, "you're just getting old." conditions that affect muscles, nerves, and energy can be obstacles. See "strong women stay young" (book) and "23 and1/2 hours" (http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=auains6higo). ...Read more

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Alternative therapies for sle?

Alternative therapies for sle?

No reason too: Lupus is an autoimmune disease whereby the nuclei in the cells are being attacked by your own immune system. B12 injections may help numerous biochemical pathways but wont lessen or cure lupus. May want to look into functional medicine (http://www.Dasilvainstitute.Com/fuctional-medicine). ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Alt to tx cataplexy: I have had luck with biofeedback and hypnosis in treatment of my patients. Sleep hygiene and avoiding excessive sleepiness through medications and scheduled naps can be helpful in some patients. ...Read more

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What are some non-medical treatments for parkinson disease dementia, coping mechanism?

What are some non-medical treatments for parkinson disease dementia, coping mechanism?

Sort Of: At this time there are no medications specifically indicated for parkinson's dementia. I have used the current medications that are used for alzheimer's dementia as these are available. Coping mechanisms are the same for all dementia. Treat the brain as though it is a muscle and keep it exercised regularly. Stimulation like reading, playing cards, puzzles, and games. Also, physical exercise. ...Read more

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What are treatments for psycho motor impairment?

What are treatments for psycho motor impairment?

See below: Treating psychomotor retardation is generally linked with treating its underlying cause, which is usually severe depression or bipolar disorder. Treatment sometimes involves therapy; individuals who meet with therapists on a regular basis can sometimes progress beyond their illnesses and lead mentally healthy lives. In other cases, the nature of the disorder necessitates medication. ...Read more

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What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

What surgical or alternative (not drugs) treatments are available for chronic paroxysmal hemicrania?

Want surgery?: There is NO surgery that is beneficial. Drugs such as Indocin, (indomethacin) Lithium, even Naproxen might be useful. OTC includes butterbur, feverfew, magnesium, riboflavin, CoQ-10. Did you see a doctor and discuss this? ...Read more

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What clinical trials are currently being done for friedreich's ataxia treatments?

What clinical trials are currently being done for friedreich's ataxia treatments?

Here's a list: Please see the national registry for several FA studies now recruiting: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=friedreich+ataxia&Search=Search Good luck and I'm glad to see you are interested. ...Read more

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What's treatment for ataxia?

Ataxia: Treatment can only be determined when the diagnosis is established and the cause is determined. ...Read more

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What treatment is best for friedreichs ataxia?

What treatment is best for friedreichs ataxia?

Prevention: Fa is the most common hereditary ataxia. It is due in most to trinucleotide repeat expansions in the first intron of the frataxin gene resulting in a deficiency of the protein.Treament is symptomatic of the many associated complications. Molecular analysis is essential to prevent its occurrence in subsequent generations. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

Frederick's ataxia : Idebenone is medicine approved in canada, none in usa. Other tx include surgical placement of metal rod in spine, treating heart complications ex. Digoxin, physical therapy, occupational therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for machado-joseph ataxia?

Yes: Consult a neuro physician to discuss your problem and treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia ? Do we have some medicine available to slow or stop it's progress?

What is the best treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia ? Do we have some medicine available to slow or stop it's progress?

No cure, but: Many of the conditions can be analyzed via genetic profiles, and this may help future family planning. Treatment may help, and some meds, especially Buspirone can control some of the ataxia, but this is tough. Have found weighted bracelets over wrists and ankles benefit many. Also, contact nat institutes of health, as research studies may be available. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ataxia telangiectasia?

What is the treatment for ataxia telangiectasia?

Symptomatic: Ataxia telangiectasia is a genetic condition with no cure. As such, therapy is directed at treating consequences of this disease. For example, it is best to avoid excess radiation (excess x-rays, ct scans) be wary of any signs of infection (due to immune compromise) and be vigilant about signs of malignancy (weight loss, night sweats, etc.). Physical therapy is also recommended for ataxia. ...Read more

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Do you treat ataxia? What is the cost of this treatment? My ataxia induced by ruptured avm

Do you treat  ataxia?
What is the cost of this treatment? My ataxia induced by ruptured avm

Ataxia : Ataxia is a difficult problem and I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. There are no specific, effective drug treatments for the lack of coordination seen with ataxia. Amantadine, Buspirone hydrochloride (buspar) and Modafinil (provigil) are often tried with variable success. For episodic ataxia, acetazolamide (diamox) or topiramate (topamax) can be effective. Clonazepam (klonopin) is effective in treating specific symptoms, such as muscle jerking (myoclonus) and sleep disturbances. Deep brain stimulation offers a potential surgical remedy but would require further investigation before determining whether you are a candidate. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment or surgery for cerebral ataxia which can give cure or give some what benefit?

Depends on the cause: Treatment of cerebral ataxia depends on the cause, like direct injury to cerebellum, alcohol use and genetic disease it is thought by many that it is untreatable but there have been some success withfrenkel exercises, trans cranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation you need to consult a neurologist for the treatment advice. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sudden loss of coordination?

What is the treatment for sudden loss of coordination?

Function loss: The most important thing to do for sudden loss of coordination -- or any sudden neurological symptom -- is to get immediate and thorough medical/neurological evaluation. This may be in an emergency room, where the person can be examined by skilled physicians plus have quick access to head ct scans and other studies that help with diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

Is stem cell therapy a safe way to treat "cerebellar ataxia"?

No: Although stem cell therapy may help in the future with many disease the only current successful therapy is bone marrow transplantation for leukemia. Stem cells are an active area of research: see www.Clinicaltrials.Gov for reputable stem cell clinical trials. See http://stemcells.Nih.Gov/info/basics/basics7.Asp for more information. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

None that I'm aware: Orchitis is either a viral or bacterial infection of the testicle. If bacterial you need antibiotics. If you are sexually active get checked for a sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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What are the possible alternative treatments for dystonia?

Dystonia: Stopping the medication that is causing the dystonia, if it is is sevesre IV Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. ...Read more

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Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Could I have success with alternative treatments for alzhiemers?

Possibly: AD is an incurable degenerative disease of the brain. There have been some studies using medium chain triglycerides to 'feed' the brain(Axona). Recently a study supported the use of hi dose Vit E. Other supplements include Vinpocetine and phosphatidyl serine. Be careful even with supplements and 'natural' products- they maybe unsafe or have interactions with other products or medications. ...Read more

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Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

Cataracts, what are some alternative treatments?

None really: Nothing other than surgery has proven to be effective for cataracts. Surgery is so highly successfuly that there is nothing to be worried about. Alternative supplements, maneuvers and medications are of no benefit. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

Adjuncts only: If you ignore surgery for melanoma, you will pay for your mistake with your life. If you are interested in vitamins, botanicals and so forth, remember these are only adjuncts. I am not sure I would accept some of therapies for advanced disease that give only a small survival advantage, but I would not pay a conspiracy or natural-medicine talker for telling me untruths. Be savvy. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Are there any alternative treatments for athlete's foot?

Soap and water: Many times washing and drying your feet well and daily can clear up a mild case of athlete's foot. Over the counter topical antifungals are usually quite successful if used consistently. Dr l. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

Loss of coordination is a symptom in which some parts of a person's body should but do not work together in a coordinated way. One example is when several muscles move in an uncoordinated manner, ...Read more