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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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I have strabismus, how good is botox to fix it and what are the disadvantages of using this treatment knowing I had a eye muscle surgery 6 yrs ago?

I have strabismus, how good is botox to fix it and what are the disadvantages of using this treatment knowing I had a eye muscle surgery 6 yrs ago?

It works not forever: Botox works but not forever. The progress of Botox injection is amazing. Ask your doctor about duration and the need to repeat over a lifetime. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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Name of jungle drug for muscle paralysis?

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

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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

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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

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Bumped head yesterday and it kind of hurt my neck. Its been about 40 hours. Scared of paralysis. Neck muscles are very tense. Panic attacks all day.

Bumped head yesterday and it kind of hurt my neck. Its been about 40 hours. Scared of paralysis. Neck muscles are very tense. Panic attacks all day.

Not likely: If you have not noticed any neurological symptoms yet, such as weakness in limbs or sensory changes, not likely a spinal cord injury. If you broke something that caused instability you would notice same issues with version movements. Recommend getting physical exam to make sure nothing is going on that say could lead to more spasms, even arthritis, but spinal cord most likely not threatened. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...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