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Medicine For Paralysis Agitans
...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
Parkinson's disease: 'paralysis' - latin for palsy or muscle weakness; 'agitans' = shaky; this expression use started about 1817. Today it is called Parkinson's disease, or if just the symptoms of this disease 'parkinsonism'. Disease is characterized by a non-intention tremor and the hallmark of the disease is an slowing of all movements, called bradykinesis (brady = slow, kinesis=motion). ...Read more
Parkinson's disease: This is the original term for Parkinson's disease. ...Read more
Hi I have Facial paralysis in my right side of my face. My medicine program finished 2 days ago and have very pain in my right side for 2 days.
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In case of paralysis of a leaf of the diaphragm, is a surgical procedure needed or can it be treated by medicines only?
Surgical procedure: If only one side of the diaphragm is paralyzed, and the muscle is so thinned out it is pushing on the lung, sometimes a procedure to plicate the muscle is performed. This should be done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in this technique in a minimally invasive fashion - thoracoscopiccally, or laparoscopically. I am not aware of medication that will work for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation, etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read more
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
A 45 year old patient got fascial palsy, she was given drugs with no benefit, its going for three month didn't get any better, what can be done? Thnx
Muscle paralysis: Muscle paralysis occurs when there is a lack of muscle function. ...Read more
I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?
Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is only a diagnosis of exclusion, not a primary diagnosis especially if its the first time happening. 3 days is still early enough to begin treatment if other pathologies are sufficiently excluded to make idiopathic facial Nerve inflammation and compression the likely diagnosis. The starting Prednisone dose should be at least 60 mg for 3 days followed by taper to be effective. See ENT. ...Read more
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
Clarification: Are you asking if Narcan (naloxone) reverses cp? No, it doesn't. Sometimes Botox is used for flexion contractures in hypertonic CP (increased muscle tone, decreased strength.) sometimes surgery is used for tight heel cords, either spinal or at the heel cords themselves. With hypotonia, low resistance to passive movement & decreased strength, no medication increases tone. Physical & occupational therapy help. ...Read more
My son 14 years is a case of cerebral palsy advise treatment or medicine to make life comfortable?
Depends: Depends a lot on the kind of CP he has. Functional level will dictate orthopedic treatment, and many of the physiatry treatments (braces, wheelchairs etc). In a non- ambulatory patient, a good wheelchair is of utmost importance because they spend most of their time there. Ambulatory assistance may be more important in some less involved children. Surgery or gait aids may help. ...Read more
My child takes chloral hydrae for sleep he has cerebral palsy. Is there concerns with this drug for long term use besides dependency affecting organs?
Yes. 25 mg/kg/day: Of Chloral Hydrate given long-term can ^ risk of central sleep apnea from CNS depression, obstructive sleep apnea from respiratory depression, aspiration pneumonia if given on a full stomach, diarrhea & vomiting if not given with a full glass of water, adverse interactions with anti-epileptics like phenobarbital & some other meds, liver & kidney damage, drug dependence, etc. Please see comment. ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter is currently taking antibiotics for Bell's palsy and has come down with the cold. Can I give her cold medicine as well?
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
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
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
Can partial muscle paralysis of eye from brain bleed&double vision be fixed? What specialist handles this? 5.5 weeks since brain bleed from MVA, 29yo F
Neurosurgeon: The proper specialist to see and answer these questions is a Neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Do you mean: ? leg paralysis. We would need more information to be specific, but usual cause might be disorder of spinal cord, although some brain lesions can do so also. If you or someone you know, has leg weakness, this needs to be evaluated rapidly to prevent further damage. ...Read more