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Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

It should not: Cerebral palsy by definition is a static encephalopathy. This means that it is a stable condition that just needs help to overcome. If there is progressive loss of function, then some other diagnosis must be considered. In some patients the back, hips, ankles get tighter and contracted. This is not worse disease but just progression of the spasticity. ...Read more

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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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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read more

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Can stress or further head trauma cause the symptoms of cerebral palsy to get worse?

Can stress or further head trauma cause the symptoms of cerebral palsy to get worse?

No: The morbidity & mortality of cerebral palsy relate to the severity of the condition & concomitant medical complications, such as respiratory and gastrointestinal difficulties. In patients with quadriplegia, the likelihood of epilepsy, extrapyramidal abnormalities, and severe cognitive impairment is greater than in those with diplegia or hemiplegia. Bottom line: severity of CP may increase risk. ...Read more

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Should I be standing on my feet long periods of time with cerebral palsy?

Should I be standing on my feet long periods of time with cerebral palsy?

Can you not sit?: Is there something obligating you to stand for long periods of time? Why not just sit? Is it a job or some other obligatory activity where sitting is not allowed? You'd have to specify what you mean by "long periods of time" but I'm not aware of any guidelines which strictly PROHIBIT standing for certain time frames in people with CP. I think we need a bit more context to give a better answer. ...Read more

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I have Cerebral Palsy as i was premature and have sensory issues. I also suffer from terrible motion sickness- could the sensory issues make it worse?

I have Cerebral Palsy as i was premature and have sensory issues. I also suffer from terrible motion sickness- could the sensory issues make it worse?

Yes: Inconsistent or aberrant sensory input is common in CP and vestibular dysfunction can be a symptom of that. You are not too old for vestibular rehabilitation therapy as well as sensory integration therapy Although in the past these therapies were reserved for children, we know know that adults can benefit. Find a therapist who is up to date . There are many ways to approach this. ...Read more

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Experiencing alot of pain was born with cerebral palsy and I'm working full time feet swell ankles swell with pain should I cut back work hours?

Experiencing alot of pain was born with cerebral palsy and I'm working full time feet swell ankles swell with pain should I cut back work hours?

Dependent edema: In an older person, what you describe is called dependent edema and is due to insufficiency of the valves of leg veins. CP is extremely variable; just stating CP w/o describing YOUR CP is like saying you have hair. That doesn't describe YOUR hair. See your doctor. There are ways to treat and cope with this, some of which may be quite simple. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy stiffness and trouble moving seems to be worse along w pain. What can i do? Is it age or zoloft side effects playing a role?

Cerebral palsy stiffness and trouble moving seems to be worse along w pain. What can i do? Is it age or zoloft side effects playing a role?

Spasticity: CP related spasticity can cause pain and stiffness sensation in your joints, talk to your neurologist about anti-spasticity medications like baclofen, if those are ineffective botulinum toxin injection treatment can help with both the pain and spasticity ...Read more

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I take wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression/anxiety. I also have cerebral palsy. A friend told me that wellbutrin (bupropion) makes spasticity worse. Is this true?

I take wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression/anxiety. I also have cerebral palsy. A friend told me that wellbutrin (bupropion) makes spasticity worse. Is this true?

No it is not true: Even though wellbrutin has several CNS side effects but it does not make spasticity worse.It can cause trmors, pseudoparkinson(which is involuntary movements ) and others but will have no effect on spasticity. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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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