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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


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Can anyone tell me what is paralysis agitans?

Can anyone tell me what is paralysis agitans?

Parkinson's disease: 'paralysis' - latin for palsy or muscle weakness; 'agitans' = shaky; this expression use started about 1817. Today it is called parkinson's disease, or if just the symptoms of this disease 'parkinsonism'. Disease is characterized by a non-intention tremor and the hallmark of the disease is an slowing of all movements, called bradykinesis (brady = slow, kinesis=motion). ...Read more

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How can I best treat paralysis agitans?

See a Neurologist: Paralysis agitans is another name for parkinson's disease, and is generally a degenerative brain disorder, involving the substantia nigra, and the Dopamine pathways of muscle movement and tone. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes or prevents sleep paralysis and hypnapompic or hypnagogic hallucinations?

Can anyone tell me what causes or prevents sleep paralysis and hypnapompic or hypnagogic hallucinations?

Sleep fragmentation: Sleep paralysis ; hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations are due to the intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. This occurs due to fragmentation of sleep, that can be attributed to narcolepsy, sleep apnea, as well as other sleep disorders. Treating the underlying disorder can treat them. Having adequate sleep can help. If you're having them often, see a sleep dr. So it can be evaluated ; treated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you can move during sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me if you can move during sleep paralysis?

Movement: The definition implies that you cannot move. This may last seconds or up to a minute. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is supra nuclear facial paralysis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is supra nuclear facial paralysis?

Psp: This means the facial paralysis is coming from some part of the brain above the level of the facial nucleus. This can be associated with progressive supra nuclear palsy. This usually starts with problems with gaze. You should see a movement disorder neurologist ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could have sleep paralysis without hallucinations?

Can you tell me if I could have sleep paralysis without hallucinations?

See below: Sleep paralysis can occur without hallucinations as you fall asleep or wake up. Both can be independent occurrences. If you are experiencing these frequently, it is recommended you see a sleep medicine doctor for evaluation as it points to sleep fragmentation. Try to regularize your sleep times. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, bright lights, ; electronics near bedtime. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has experienced sleep paralysis and hallucinations?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has experienced sleep paralysis and hallucinations?

Sleep fragmentation: Sleep paralysis ; hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations are due to the intrusion of rem sleep into wakefulness. This occurs due to fragmentation of sleep, that can be attributed to narcolepsy, sleep apnea, as well as other sleep disorders. Treating the underlying disorder can treat them. Having adequate sleep can help. If you're having them often, see a sleep doctor so it can be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about coonhound paralysis?

Can you tell me about coonhound paralysis?

You bet: It is the equivalent of human Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute immune polyneuritis, and thought to be in many cases associated with a viral infection from coon to dog. Am not a veterinarian, but my limited experience suggests most dogs get generally weak for a few days to weeks and recover, but not sure of doggie therapies. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a pinched nerve cause paralysis?

Yes: If pinching is severe enough paralysis can occur. If there is weakness in an arm or leg you need the advice of a surgeon. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have sleep paralysis?

How to tell if I have sleep paralysis?

Sleep study: Sleep paralysis has been linked to narcolepsy and sleep apnea and may be worsened by things that prevent you from having a good sleep, including insomnia, sleep deprivation, an erratic sleep schedule, stress, overuse of stimulants, physical fatigue, as well as certain medications that are used to treat attention deficit disorder. I would ask for a sleep study to evaluate this. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I have is sleep paralysis?

How to tell if what I have is sleep paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis: Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems. Http://www. Webmd. Com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis#1 ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could stop sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me how I could stop sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis...: That question all by itself is unanswerable. Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor diagnose you? If yourself, you could be misdiagnosing yourself. If by a doctor, I'm guessing that the question of narcolepsy came up. If you have narcolepsy, your question should be addressed as part of your overall treatment. If you're dissatisfied with your medical care, try Johns Hopkins. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could stop my sleep paralysis?

Can you tell me how I could stop my sleep paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis: Avoid becoming overly stressed, deprived of sleep or having changes to your sleep schedule. Consider evaluation by a sleep specialist/ sleep study. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what exactly is hypokalemic periodic paralysis?

Hypokalemic dsiease: Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a rare, autosomal dominant channelopathy characterized by muscle weakness or paralysis with a matching fall in potassium levels in the blood. For a full explanation of it go to this link: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/hypokalemic_periodic_paralysis. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are some people more prone to sleep paralysis than others?

Sleep paralysis: Yes. In fact there is thought to be a genetic predisposition to developing the disorder. Many people with sleep disorders do not have waking paralysis. Between? And ½ of patients with narcolepsy also have sleep paralysis. The fragmentation of rem sleep for whatever reason leads to the disturbance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if I found out that my boyfriend goes through sleep paralysis almost every night. Is this normal?

Can you tell me what to do if I found out that my boyfriend goes through sleep paralysis almost every night. Is this normal?

Sleep paralysis: In a study of college students 4% had 5 or > episodes of sleep paralysis. Recurrent isolated sleep paralysis is rarer than having one episode of sleep paralysis. A sleep study by a sleep specialist can provide more info. ...Read more

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Can you tell me examples of when does one get spastic paralysis vs flaccid paralysis please?

Can you tell me examples of when does one get spastic paralysis vs flaccid paralysis please?

Cord vs root: In general spastic paralysis results from an injury to the spinal cord and flaccid paralysis after an injury downstream from the spinal cord, such as in the nerve root or peripheral nerve. The notable exception is in the early period after a spinal cord injury when there is "spinal shock" with flaccid paralysis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how paralysis or loss of motor control of the legs can occur without a loss of sensation?

Can you tell me how paralysis or loss of motor control of the legs can occur without a loss of sensation?

Difficult question: It is possible to have a lesion (ie. Tumor or stroke) that affects the motor regions in the brain but spares the sensory cortex. Don't forget that there is a topographical MAP in the brain where specific functions are localized. For example, a tumor in the midline can press against the areas that control movement of both legs at the same time sparing the sensation. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

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, ...Read more