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Infantile Hemiplegia Causes
Could left infantile hemiplegia affect pregnancy in future? Minor since physiotherapy for 14 yrs has helped immensely.
Unlikely an issue: Most with minor movement disorders like that described will have no significant problems with pregnancy. A discussion with your pcp before considering pregnancy would be prudent. Any associated issues like a seizure disorder (on meds) or separate health issue may have more importance to the fetus. ...Read more
Result not cause: Hemiplegic cerebral palsy is a defect in muscle control that affects only one side of the body. This is often caused by a stroke that damaged the fetal brain in utero. The stroke will leave a region of damaged brain that eventually becomes a porencephalic cyst. The stroke that resulted in the cerebral palsy may never be determined as to cause. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Alternating hemipleg: Alternating is a very rare genetic disease which causes sudden spells of hemiplegia affecting various sites if the body depending on the severity of the illness coping can be very difficult. The lesser form has a better prognosis than the severe form. Verapamil has helped in some cases. More information can be obtained from the National institute of Health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Many; there are special walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, devices that help with dressing, grooming and bathing and eating . There are devices that help move paralyzed limbs. There are modified vehicles that allow persons with a stroke to drive if possible. See a rehab doctor (physiatrist) and you can learn more. ...Read more
What to do if I have right sided hemiplegia, are there any recommended exercises that I could use to build muscle?
Recommend: This is going to be complex and challenging, and not simple. You are best advised to find a physical therapist who is experienced in stroke rehabilitation, and has worked with folks who have focal weakness such as yours. Would also help to get a physiatrist involved, again one with extensive stroke experience. Wish you the best of outcomes. ...Read more
Its possible: Exercise, stretching, splinting, heat, electric stimulation and other modalities have the potential to improve a hemiplegia, usually of a brain origin. Prognosis after a spinal cord lesion may be actually better although much rarer. Of the brain causes, recovery is influenced by many factors including age, other health problems and amount of brain damaged. Sometimes no improvement will occur. ...Read more
Depends: A left-handed person (leftie) who develops a stroke causing left-sided weakness (hemiplegia) will have a harder time recovering than if he had right hemiplegia. However, in majority of cases people with right sided hemiplegia will also have problems with speech production and language comprehension since the speech control area is on the left brain, the side controlling the right side of the body. ...Read more
Degree of weakness: Hemiparesis is the term used to describe unilateral weakness.The range of power is anything less than full, to just being able to move a limb when gravity is removed. Hemiplegia describes a limb(s) that have no movement. The spectrum of power goes from full->hemiparesis->hemiplegia. The tone of a hemiparetic can be either flaccid or spastic depending on the cause. ...Read more