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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

Difficulty Moving: Cerbral palsy is caused by injury to the areas of the brain that control movement. It can range from a child with weakness in one arm to someone who cannot control there arms or legs. A child may require equipment to walk or be wheelchair bound. It may be accompanied by mental retardation. Typical causes include injury before or after birth, prematurity or asphyxiation. ...Read more

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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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My girl suffers from " cerebral palsy " we are looking for help my girlfriend was premature, she has lived with a disability called " cerebral palsy " . Her problem is she can't walk without a walker, due to the reason that her legs get weak, also due t

My girl suffers from " cerebral palsy " we are looking for help my girlfriend was premature, she has lived with a disability called 
" cerebral palsy " . 
Her problem is she can't walk without a walker, due to the reason that her legs get weak, also due t

Cerebral : Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor areas of the brain that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or anytime up to age 3. There are three main types: spastic, ataxic and dyskenetic - all of which have different symptoms. Some people affected with cerebral palsy have very mild symptoms (my college roommate had mild cerebral palsy on her left which caused a slight limp - this did not stop her from graduating with honors, landing a great job, marrying and having 2 beautiful children.) and some people have symptoms that are more severe. Because of this, each child's potential must be assessed individually. In general, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance people have of overcoming developmental disabilities and learning new ways to accomplish tasks that challenge them. Treatment is interdisciplinary and can include interpersonal therapists, occupational therapists, medications, orthotics and surgeries. The best people to ask about an individual's prognosis are the doctors and therapists working with the individual. The doctors that primarily care for those with cerebral palsy are neurologists or pm&r doctors (physical medicine and rehab). Try calling her insurance company to see if they can recommend someone in your area. ...Read more

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My neurologists say I have cerebral palsy. What does this mean?

Variable diagnosis: Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or posture related to injury to nerves controlling those functions that occurred some time in the developmental period.(pregnancy to age 3y) it implys a permanent but stable process, where new injury or deterioration is not expected, but might occur from lack of use. It is quite a variable diagnosis from very mild to incompasitating. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy and my hands and feet sweat sometimes what does this mean?

I have cerebral palsy and my hands and feet sweat sometimes what does this mean?

Autonomic dysfunctio: Your body's nervous system is sending mixed signals to the skin that cause unwanted responses, such as sweating. If these symptoms are uncomfortable, they can be controlled with medication ...Read more

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16 year old girl; has mild cerebral palsy, she has always had big hard stool been complaining of her stomach hurting after a bowel movement?

16 year old girl; has mild cerebral palsy, she has always had big hard stool been complaining of her stomach hurting after a bowel movement?

Check it out: Her pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist may want to do at least a plain x-ray of her abdomen to determine if she needs a " clean-out" before using miralax (polyethylene glycol). It is worth investigating, as years of distention of her colon place her at risk for diverticulosis, diverticulitis & possibly colon cancer in her 40's-50's. After the clean-out, the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is used long-term to assure soft stools. ...Read more

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Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time. ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy have kids?

Yes: The reproductive system in the vast majority of adults with CP is normal and they can have children. Cerebral palsy is not a cause of infertility. However, some people with CP have other disabilities or medical conditions that might make having children an issue. ...Read more

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Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

Unexpected injury: On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. ...Read more

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Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Yes, but...: Many people with mild CP will live full, normal lives. The physical limitations are a result of the severity of the neurological insult. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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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