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Cerebral Palsy Worse Over Time
Generally not: By definition the injury causing CP creates a stable effect; that is you do not see deterioration of skills after they are acquired. Some nervous system disorders get worse with age as the injury is continuing, not cp. Some CP patients may choose a wheel chair later in life although they can still walk some for the convenience & speed. Most CP kids actually will get better over time with therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
...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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi. Every time someone touches my stomach I feel a shock in the area. Not sure what this is. I'm 18 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
Is it possible that not only did the botox paralyze my swallowing but can my cerebral palsy made it worse since it's 10 months and now I'm on a peg?
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
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
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?
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?
My child has cerebral palsy and a sleep disorder associated with this. He takes chloral hydrate for sleep. Can this be harmful to take over time?
Benefits > risk prob: Chloral hydrate has been used to help since the 1830s (http://bit.ly/1EkYmde). With chronic (long term) use, there is some possibility for "tolerance" to develop, i.e., that higher doses might be needed to get the same beneficial effect. If that is the medication that has been most helpful in helping your son to sleep, then benefits likely exceed risks - best to voice your concerns to his doctor ...Read more
Cerebral palsy is a : Group of disorders of impaired motor functions that are described by the way they limit mobility & hand use. Most commonly from a fetal brain malformation or injury that occurred any time from the 3rd week of gestation till term, about 10-20% of cases occur from asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life. Pediatric, early intervention services & subspecialty care all help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injury to nerves: CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, usually before a child is born. Causes include: random mutations in genes, maternal infections that affect the developing fetus, lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain, traumatic head injury to an infant from a motor vehicle accident, fall or abuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examination findings: There is no specific diagnostic test for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on the basis of the findings on examination including abnormalities of muscle tone, limitation of movement at joints, and abnormality of reflexes. There may be developmental delay, speech problems and visual abnormalities accompanying the motor abnormanlities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not specifically: Herbs can provide nutrients to all of us as part of balanced nutrition.They do not change the perminant brain injury that is the basis for cerebral palsy.Proper assessment and treatment by a team of physical and occupational therapists is the standard of care for cp.Additional support for medical needs and balanced nutrition provide the best chance of optimal function. ...Read more
Difficult to know: We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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