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My son has hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Where do I start?

My son has hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Where do I start?

Find a doctor: This is a rare inherited muscle disorder.Hypokalemic periodic paralysis causes muscle weakness/paralysis when potassium level in the blood drops.Attacks maybe mild to severe, lasting for hours to days and months.Weakness often affects muscles of the arms.Legs.At times trunk .Back muscles w complications.Best place for treatment is your family physician.Learn what your triggers are .Avoid them. ...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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Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed congenital adrenal hyperplasia in my daughter, I have been losing sleep. What does it mean?

Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed congenital adrenal hyperplasia in my daughter, I have been losing sleep. What does it mean?

Confirmed?? get info: The screen for cah in my state is occasionally a false positive. If the defect has been confirmed, most states will have a program where you have metabolic centers that specialize in educating & elaborating the meaning of this DX for you and your child.There are variations of this DX & the life impact & rx varies. Contact your dr & set up a concsultation with the best info source you can find. ...Read more

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Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed brain bleeding in my daughter, I have been losing sleep. What does it mean?

Ever since the pediatrician diagnosed brain bleeding in my daughter, I have been losing sleep. What does it mean?

Depends: It depends on the type of bleeding and location of bleeding. It also depends on the source of the bleeding. Feel free to write back and i can answer more specifically as to they type and location of the hemorrhage. ...Read more

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My son has insomnia. Where do I start?

My son has insomnia. Where do I start?

Sleep hygiene: Is where to start. Going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday; no tv, video games or other stimulating activities close to bedtime; a dark, quiet bedroom; no heavy meals before bed; no caffeine or soda after supper, etc. Lots of info on the web. ...Read more

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Think my daughter having myoclonic seizures in sleep how will i no if she is?

Think my daughter having myoclonic seizures in sleep how will i no if she is?

Restless : Your daughter should be seen by a neurologist who will no dobt order an eeg to verify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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My son has glioma. Where do I start?

My son has glioma. Where do I start?

See a neurosurgeon: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. See a neurosurgeon to determine the course of treatment. ...Read more

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My son has palliser killian syndrome. Where do I start?

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My son has palliser killian syndrome. Where do I start?

NIH: The national institutes of health have an excellent website http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/pallister-killian-mosaic-syndrome. ...Read more

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I am a 17 yr. Old girl & have been diagnosed with peripheral dystonia mainly affecting my right arm/shoulder. How quickly can I get my strength back?

I am a 17 yr. Old girl & have been diagnosed with peripheral dystonia mainly affecting my right arm/shoulder. How quickly can I get my strength back?

Can not answer: Without knowing full details about your case and authenticity of diagnosis i can not answer your question. Best option is to go to movement disorder specialists at mt. Sinai or columbia university hospital in nyc for 2nd. Opinion. Assuming that diagnosis is correct Botox injections may possibly help. ...Read more

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My son has colorectal cancer. Where do I start?

My son has colorectal cancer. Where do I start?

Surgical oncologist: Go to a surgeon who treats a lot of colorectal cancer - a surgical oncologist, colorectal surgeon, or an experienced general surgeon. Surgery is almost always a major part of the treatment process, but he will need tests (colonoscopy if not already done), ct scan, cea. The surgeon is the best expert to be the "captain of the ship". He/she can explain and consult with other oncologists if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if my son was diagnosed with dandy walker variant at our 20 week ultrasound. has anyone heard of this syndrome?

What to do if my son was diagnosed with dandy walker variant at our 20 week ultrasound. has anyone heard of this syndrome?

Dandy-Walker fetus: Dandy-Walker is a congenital disorder of the 4th ventricle, which is replaced by a large cystic mass. A prenatal consultation with a geneticist may be helpful for you and your family. Here is a link for more information about Dandy Walker: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/dandy-walker-syndrome ...Read more

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I have hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Should I not marry and have children because my children will inherit it? Thank you.

I have hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Should I not marry and have children because my children will inherit it? Thank you.

It's up to you...: BUT...Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a treatable genetic disorder with a normal life span. Progress in genetics and DNA analysis suggests there may be better treatments and even cures in the future. Unless a patient is so miserable that they would never want to put their child through the same experiences, I would advise against a decision not to marry or have children. That seems extreme! ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 year old son keeps waking up with nightmares accompanied my a fever what should I do ???

My 3 1/2 year old son keeps waking up with nightmares accompanied my a fever what should I do ???

Fever & nightmares: While fevers can lower the threshold for nightmares, I am more concerned behind the reason for the persistent or recurring fevers. I would have his fevers evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I randomly began stuttering and my left leg became weak part way through the day. I can't walk right and stutter everytime I talk. ER said no stroke.

I randomly began stuttering and my left leg became weak part way through the day. I can't walk right and stutter everytime I talk. ER said no stroke.

Follow up with: Your family doc or a specialist. Glad to hear there was not stroke but we want to find out the cause. Certain types of migraines can produce the type of symptoms you mention. Peace and good. Health. ...Read more

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My daughter MRI came back normal and she has petit mal seizure can someone help me out? What do I do now?

My daughter MRI came back normal and she has petit mal seizure can someone help me out? What do I do now?

Not unexpected: Would not expect an MRI to reveal any structural abnormalities in an adolescent with petit mal epilepsy. There are numerous medications which can control the process, and hopefully, she is under control. If not, seek a pediatric neurologist. Certainly, possible these spells will depart when she gets older. ...Read more

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I have been having weakness and heaviness in my right arm , for a while now i was recently diagnosed with bells palsy would that be why ???

I have been having weakness and heaviness in my right arm , for a while now i was recently diagnosed with bells palsy would that be why ???

See your doctor pls: Such symptom needs evaluation ASAP, can be unrelated to Bell's palsy, kindly see your doctor or a neurologist soon or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea but recently, i woke up to the pain of me biting my tongue. Its never happened before. What should I do?

I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea but recently, i woke up to the pain of me biting my tongue. Its never happened before. What should I do?

Mouth breathing: It is not uncommon with osa that an individual may have nasal airway insufficiency and thus breathe primary through their mouth. This dysfunctional breathing pattern may lead to an enlarged tongue and at night during sleep, nocturnal bruxism continues except rather grinding and clenching on the teeth, the enlarged tongue takes the brunt of the damage. ...Read more

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If I had a seizure 14 years ago in my sleep with my eyes just rolling no convulsions what kind would that be all my records were lost?

If I had a seizure 14 years ago in my sleep with my eyes just rolling no convulsions what kind would that be all my records were lost?

Back off: Jeff - please find yourself a good doctor to talk to face to face. Do not keep sending the same questions. Set your mind at ease and resolve your conflicts. That will be the only way to resolve your concerns! ...Read more

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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