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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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Is it possible to have paralysis in my hands and fingers that will come and go? I have several other symptoms, but all of them seem to come and go.

Is it possible to have paralysis in my hands and fingers that will come and go? I have several other symptoms, but all of them seem to come and go.

Possible, unlikely.: Anything is possible but rather unlikely.
I would like to know what do you mean by paralysis?
You might be getting numbness &/or tingling, which might come and go.
Could you kindly elaborate on your history? ...Read more

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Sometimes, mostly when I sleep too much, I "wake up"but can't move a finger. Its horrifying, no hallucintions, but I don't know if its a dream or paralysis?

Sometimes, mostly when I sleep too much, I "wake up"but can't move a finger. Its horrifying, no hallucintions, but I don't know if its a dream or paralysis?

See below: Agree with dr. Jacobson. Regularize ; consolidate your sleep. Avoid nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, bright lights, ; electronics near bed time. If you have sleep paralysis often, a sleep doctor can evaluate the underlying cause of your fragmented sleep. Sometimes, moving your eyes during an episode can break the sleep paralysis. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have a neuralgia on my left arm and partial paralysis of three fingers. What is the cause?

I have a neuralgia on my left arm and partial paralysis of three fingers. What is the cause?

See a Neurologist!: These are serious symptoms that need comprehensive evaluation. It is difficult to speculate on what the cause could be. ...Read more

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On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

Head numbness?: The differential includes cerebral vasospasm, TIA due to hypotrension or cardiac arrhythmia with a fixed stenotic lesion, acephalgic migraine and focal seizure. Focal seizure is less likely because of the absence of initial "positive symptoms" (Parasthesias) If the head numbness and hand symptoms are unrelated think CTS. If deficits last 24 hours or greater think MS or ICS (not quite MS) ...Read more

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Suggest some hand excises for remedial hand palsy in wrist and fingers?

Suggest some hand excises for remedial hand palsy in wrist and fingers?

Six pack hand: Six pack hand exercises are easy to look up online. Just search and you'll find many diagrams. It's easy to find these online ...Read more

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Do adults with cerebral palsy do this to pass stool and urine?, literally force and push it out manually with a finger?, I'm tired of this, help.

Do adults with cerebral palsy do this to pass stool and urine?, literally force and push it out manually with a finger?, I'm tired of this, help.

It happens: If/when the nerve deficits of CP or any other disorder interfere with the bodies emptying pattern, stool retention & excessive drying can result. Long term (constant) use of a stool wetting agent like MIRALAX and scheduled emptying (like every 8-12 hours) can reduce the problem. A diet that avoids bananas, dry cereals, apples can help. Peaches, pears, prunes and barley soften the stool. ...Read more

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My baby has erb's palsy problem. She has no problem with moving hand, fingers or elbow. Only lack of moro reflex. How sever is her condition?

My baby has erb's palsy problem. She has no problem with moving hand, fingers or elbow. Only lack of moro reflex. How sever is her condition?

Incomplete question: To get the best out of your questions you need to provide enough basic information for us to work with. Since the moro reflex disappears in most infants by 4 mo awake and 5 asleep (and sooner in some) how old your baby is now matters with what we might answer. Who and why they labeled your baby as an ERB's is also not clear. ...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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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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Why can a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Why can a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

See answer below: The short answer is that the brain sends commands down the cord to tell the muscles to move. If the cord is injured, the information cannot reach the muscles and the muscles, consequently do not move. ...Read more

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Why must a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Why must a spinal cord injury be followed by muscle paralysis?

Anatomy: Muscles only work because nerves stimulate them and cause them to work. Muscles can not work independently other than an occasional firing. ...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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What are symptoms of paralysis?

Weakness: Usually paralysis means feeling weakness or having difficulty moving one of your limbs or muscles. Many times paralysis can happen with a loss of feeling in the affected area if there is sensory nerve involvement. When we talk about paralysis keep in mind that this means weakness lasting for a couple of days at least - not just an arm or leg "falling asleep" after sitting for a while! ...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


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