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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Hemiparesis (Overview)

"Hemi" refers to half. "Paresis" means weakness. Hemiparesis refers to a weakness over one side (half) of body. The most common cause is from a cerebral infarction (stroke) on one side of the brain. It usually affects the opposite side of the body relative to the side of stroke, although if the face is involved, that tends to be on the same side as the brain injury, (opposite) to body.


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Can hemiparesis causes be determined by doctors?

Can hemiparesis causes be determined by doctors?

Absolutely: Start with your family md and then a neurologist for a full neurological workup and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
33 Doctors shared insights

Hemiparesis (Overview)

"Hemi" refers to half. "Paresis" means weakness. Hemiparesis refers to a weakness over one side (half) of body. The most common cause is from a cerebral infarction (stroke) on one side of the brain. It usually affects the opposite side of the body relative to the side of stroke, although if the face is involved, that tends to be on the same side as the brain injury, (opposite) to body.


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What does it mean to have a mild right hemiparesis?

Weakness: This means that the muscles on the right side of hte body are mildly weak. It is typically called hemiparesis (half-weak) when the cause is a problem in the brain or spinal cord, such as a stroke, tumor or traumatic injury. ...Read more

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How to care for someone with hemiparesis?

Learn from therapist: Someone with hemiparesis will have many needs and may need someone available around the clock. The best way is to have a home therapy evaluation and work with the therapist and home health personnel on what the patient's individual needs will be. ...Read more

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Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Aftr 9 mnths of TB meningitis my 22 yrs old fiancee stil feels terrible pain during her physical therapy of legs? She HS mild dystonia of right nd mild hemiparesis of left, taking baclofen+tizanidine

Neuropathy/neuralgia: Your fiancé has suffered a serious neurological condition. Clearly at nine months she is still working through significant neurologic deficits –hemiparesis, spasm and pain. Baclofen and tizanidine are primarily for spasms. Additional pain related medications include Neurontin or lyrica (pregabalin). She should be under neurologic care and treatment – hopefully already is. Avoid narcotics as possible. ...Read more

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Hi, can mild bilateral infarcts hemiparesis due to 9 month old TB meningitis be cured? Patient is 22 yrs and on TB meds+tizanidine+baclofen+b complex

Hi, can mild bilateral infarcts hemiparesis due to 9 month old TB meningitis be cured? Patient is 22 yrs and on TB meds+tizanidine+baclofen+b complex

Unfortunately, no.: Therapy targeted at the functions impacted by the areas of damage help achieve optimal outcome. It's important that hydrocephalus be monitored by a neurologist ; neurosurgeon. If a shunt has been placed, it's important to know what symptoms alert you to a possible malfunction or infection. Here are some resources in india: http://m.Health-tourism. Com/procedurepage. Aspx? Tr=386;co=india. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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What to expect with 21 yr old fiancee after TB meningitis in july 2013 she is facing mild hemiparesis in right side. She can move it but has weakness in grasping? Her last MRI says lacunar infarcts??

What to expect with 21 yr old fiancee after TB meningitis in july 2013 she is facing mild hemiparesis in right side. She can move it but has weakness in grasping? Her last MRI says lacunar infarcts??

Difficult issue: Therapy may help prevent loss of present function and improve some functions. At a year since the injury, expect the level of function now to remain constant. Brain injury tends to produce permanent disabilities. ...Read more

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9 month aftr TB meningitis my fiancee has mild dystonia wch disappears while she sleeps. Why? And it is also getting better in last months and also having mild hemiparesis. Are these sign of recovery

Healing: Dystonia and hemiparesis are common while recovering from TB meningitis and can improve totally or have some residual effect depending on the type and location of damage to the brain from the infection. I hope she had a ct scan or MRI to evaluate her brain which can help predict the amount of damage. People usually get worse while healing then slowly improve. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hemiparesis?

One side weakness: If you have one sided weakness, decreased strength, decreased sensation, gait problems, trouble swallowing, then you should be examined. See your doctor for a proper assessment. ...Read more

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How to care for someone with hemiparesis?

Learn from therapist: Someone with hemiparesis will have many needs and may need someone available around the clock. The best way is to have a home therapy evaluation and work with the therapist and home health personnel on what the patient's individual needs will be. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hemiparesis?

Half body weakness: "Hemi" refers to half. "Paresis" means weakness. Hemiparesis refers to a weakness over one side (half) of body. The most common cause is from a cerebral infarction (stroke) on one side of the brain. It usually affects the opposite side of the body relative to the side of stroke, although if the face is involved, that tends to be on the same side as the brain injury, (opposite) to body. ...Read more

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How can I control spastic hemiparesis?

How can I control spastic hemiparesis?

PT/Baclofen or botox: To help with spasticity, things like Baclofen pumps and Botox injections into the muscle have shown to reduce the stiffness and increase function. Most of the time, a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehab physician) does these procedures. Other interventions include pt, occupational therapy, speech and behavior therapy. ...Read more

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What is spastic hemiparesis in children?

What is spastic hemiparesis in children?

One side affected: This generally refers to a disorder of strength and mobility involving one side of the body. The limbs are stiff and movement is difficult but possible. Hemiplegia would mean the side is essentially paralyzed. It is often the result of pre-natal brain injury/stroke and more often found in premature infants. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause a hemiparesis?

Can a pinched nerve cause a hemiparesis?

No: A single pinched nerve may cause weakness in the distribution of that nerve only. Hemiparesis=weakness on half the body should be caused by something larger like a stroke or compression of the spinal cord/disease of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can hemiparesis causes be determined by doctors?

Absolutely: Start with your family md and then a neurologist for a full neurological workup and treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a mild right hemiparesis?

Weakness: This means that the muscles on the right side of hte body are mildly weak. It is typically called hemiparesis (half-weak) when the cause is a problem in the brain or spinal cord, such as a stroke, tumor or traumatic injury. ...Read more

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How can I control or mitigate a spastic hemiparesis?

Medication/botox: You want to maintain some degree of spasticity in your leg to assist walking. The use of oral medication may help, but will affect arm and leg-plus there may be sedation. Botox can be very helpful, different doses for arm/leg, customizing the effect. It can address specific trouble areas oral medications can't address. Would find a neurologist/ rehab doctor who does this under EMG for best result. ...Read more

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What is the psychological effect of having hemiparesis?

What is the psychological effect of having hemiparesis?

Hemiparesis: The psychological effects of hemiparesis vary with the person and extent of symptoms. Many people struggle with frustration about not being able to use a whole side of their body, loss of independence -- and depression about capacity to take care of themselves, or roles they can no longer carry out. For instance, if they can no longer work/earn money they may feel there's no reason to be alive. ...Read more