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Medicine For Paraplegia
See below: People with paraplegia face difficulties with mobility and often need wheelchairs to get around. They can suffer from spasms of their legs as well as pain (not everyone). They can have problems feeling their legs which make them susceptible to pressure sores. Some people can have problems with sexual and bowel and bladder problems. Psychological problems like depression are not uncommon. ...Read more
See below: Symptoms of paraplegia are paralysis or weakness of the lower extremities. There may also be loss of sensation in the lower extremities. Some people with paraplegia also have something called spasticity which is an increase in muscle tone that can cause stiffness and spasms in the legs. Some people may have problems with normal function of the bowels and bladder some people may have sexual problem. ...Read more
Seat belt syndrome: A kid that graduates too soon to a seat belt is at tremendous risk of paraplegia in a frontal impact crash. As the body is thrown forward, the belt slides up over the pelvis and compressed the abdominal contents. The shock wave travels back to the spinal cord and bends the vertebrae, often cracking them. The result can include rupture of abdominal organs, immediate paraplegia and a broken back. ...Read more
Yes: Depending on severity, adaptive devices may well be available. Many pts can use wheelchairs, and some paraplegic veterans have actually done races, using ultralight chairs. Bracing systems may help, rehabilitation programs teach a variety of coping styles. Meds for spasticity are available. Stem cell research is proceeding. ...Read more
See below: Paraplegia means weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Paraplegia can be caused by injuries to the spinal cord caused by trauma, infections, tumors and other less common causes. The treatment depends on the cause. If the cause is trauma, often the treatment will initially consist of high dose steroids as well as cooling of the body temperature to decrease further damage. ...Read more
YES: Paraplegia is the loss of power in the lower extremities usually due to spinal cord (spastic variety) or peripheral nerve and muscle disease (flaccid type) amputee is a person who has had part or the whole of a limb removed this could be due to a variety of causes from vascular disease trauma or cancer. ...Read more
See below: Fms helps preserve muscle bulk in paralyzed muscles. It helps with circulation and joint health. It is not a cure for paraplegia but it is helpful to keep these muscles in good shape for the day (hopefully in the not too distant future) when we have a treatment to cure paralysis. The drawbacks are that is takes time, can tend to be expensive. But if the resources are available, I recommend it. ...Read more
Arm function: Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs (no movement or feeling). Tetraplegia (quadriplegia is an older term) is paralysis of the arms and the legs. In both, a person has also lost control of bladder and bowels. Both are forms of spinal cord injury or other problem of the cord. Sometimes the loss is incomplete (weakness rather than no muscle function; retention of some feeling). ...Read more
This has many: This has many variables including how long ago the accident was, was the spinal injury complete or incomplete, whether the spine remains stable or unstable, was the spinal cord decompressed if compressed in the first place and the age and health of the patient. A babinski sign does not predict prognosis. An incomplete spinal cord injury may improve with time. ...Read more
Number of limbs: "plegia" is a term meaning weakness or paralysis. Paraplegia refers to involvement of both legs. This is the more common form of cerebral palsy. Quadriplegia means that all four limbs are involved. This is the most severe form of cerebral palsy. Paraplegia is often not associated with mental retardation or epilepsy, while quadriplegia is almost always associated with both. ...Read more
See below: Paraplegia refers to weakness or paralysis of the lower extremities. Spastic refers to the tone of the muscle which is abnormally increased. Spastic paraplegia occurs when there is damage to either the spinal cord, brain or both. There are many causes including trauma, infections, vascular problems, and toxins. ...Read more
SPASTIC DIPLEGIA: Spastic paraplegia means weakness in all four limbs, but legs are weaker than the arms, spasticity will be more obvious in legs rather than arms, spastic paraplegia or also called diplegia is common in premature babies who have complication of prematurity like intraventricular hemmorhage which leads to white matter changes around the midline in the brain which controls the motor function of the le. ...Read more
Genetic?: Hereditary spastic pareplegia is the name given to a mainly motor disability often in lower extremities slowly progressive with a geographical distribution. The condition often does not cause sensory or bladder problems and all tests including mri, CSF studies B12 levels etc are normal some of these cases have antibodies to htlv 1 viruses in the blood or cerebrospinal fluid. ...Read more
If your question is: about an Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, please specify age of onset of symptoms, clinical course thus far & results of genetic testing. Progression of symptoms depends on the type, as you can see on this site: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/NBK1509/. It has medical terminology, but you can get an idea of the different types & different patterns of inheritance. ...Read more
See below: Paraparesis is a milder form of paraplegia (which should mean no movement in the lower extremities but is sometimes used synonymously) familial spastic paraplegia is a paraplegia with family history of unknown etiology and is diagnosed when all the other causes have been ruled out. ...Read more
Intense depression: Should be treated ASAP! Many treatments are available. The most important thing is that you reach out to a health professional, & let them know about ur depressive feelings ASAP so u can begin to work together on a plan that will allow you to regain hope. Find a provider you feel comfortable with. Tx options include talk tx, medication, group tx & many more. The first step is tough, but worth it! ...Read more
My brother is 29 & he had spastic paraplegia since 9 yrs. Now he taking leofen 10mg also doing physiotherapy every day. Is there a complete cure.
No: Do you mean hereditary spastic paraplegia? He has NOT had it since he was 9. He's had it since the moment he was conceived. That's what hereditary means. It didn't start at 9, it only became apparent then. There is no way his doctors could not have told you long ago that there is no cure. A cure would mean altering his genes, which is still in the realm of acience fiction. ...Read more
No cure but: Cervical cord injury is very serious. Common causes are accidents from diving into a pool or whiplash from car accident or hyperextension injury during football. Often the spinal cord is crushed or the blood flow to the cord is stopped so that a region of the cord dies off due to injury and/or lack of blood supply. There is no repair for this. Good rehabilitation can recover what's possible. ...Read more
Not sounding good: If someone can't move their legs it would be a nerve problem from the spine or a brain problem from a stroke it would be an emergency if just happening, there could also be a significant infection in the spine or a blood flow problem to the spine or a bleed in the spine or brain. ...Read more
My wife is 29 & is diagnosed with koch's spine with (lt) psoas abscess, paraplegia/bladder affection. She's under treatment. Will she be cured?
Koch's disease: This is tuberculosis affecting the spinal column. It can obvious extend to areas adjacent to the spinal segment (s) involved such as the psoas muscle, and can also cause interruption of nervous pathways resulting in paralysis. She will probably be cured of tuberculosis, but to what degree her neurologic impairment will reverse is very problematic and will require much time and patience. ...Read more
I was a paraplegia patient no control over bowel. Now stools collecting through digital evacuation. Is there any other safe way to collect stools?
Several methods.: There are several ways to regulate passing stools in the face of paraplegia. Digital stimulation works well, but a program using certain suppositories can also be effective. You should work with your doctor and occupational therapist to establish what works best in your particular setting. Sometimes it requires trial and error. Good luck! ...Read more
Iam 38 yr male, wid 5 yr sci at d12-l1 level. Now ambulatory wid 1 crutch n AFO on right foot. Paraplegia gone, have stress incontinence. Pl advise?
My mom is not yet diagnosed properly even after decompression of spinal cord by removing a mass which caused paraplegia. I hav serum and bone scan rpts?
Diagnosis: You need to wait for full pathology report. Her physician likely also sent lab work. The results must be obtained before she will have a diagnosis. ...Read more
My mother is suffering from paraplegia after spine surgery. Is it curable? At present she has no no sensation in her legs.
Paraplegia after accident-spinal surgery- month later DVT -clots removed with catheters behind knees, 3wks later, now feet are hard with blisters?
Immediate eval: 59 yo lady with paraplegia DVT history now with swollen feet and blisters. With your history of trauma, stasis of immobility, and DVT you need immediate evaluation measurement of compartment pressures and duplex doppler examination of the veins in your lower extremities. Compression stockings and sequential compression devices. See MD ASAP please and good luck. ...Read more
Yes and no: Hereditary spastic diplegia or paraplegia is a slowly progressive stiffening of the legs. Some progress more rapidly and need aggressive therapy and bracing and even surgery. More often it is very slow and can be be dealt with without braces or surgery but with appropriate therapy. There is no cure, but there is good management. ...Read more