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Paresis Vs Paralysis
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
...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
Muscle paralysis: Muscle paralysis occurs when there is a lack of muscle function. ...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
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
Terminology: The term functional is sort of slang for "non-organic" and paresis refers to weakness, so the combination suggests non-neurological or untrue weakness and implies an underlying psychological or psychiatric causation. ...Read more
Abnormal movement of:
This is weakness of either the muscle that moves the eye laterally or trouble with the nerve to that muscle.
It is most commonly due to trouble with the nerve that moves the muscle. There are many possible causes. A neuroloigst or neuro-ophthalmologist is the person to see. ...Read more
Weakness: Usually paralysis means feeling weakness or having difficulty moving one of your limbs or muscles. Many times paralysis can happen with a loss of feeling in the affected area if there is sensory nerve involvement. When we talk about paralysis keep in mind that this means weakness lasting for a couple of days at least - not just an arm or leg "falling asleep" after sitting for a while! ...Read more
Gastroparesis....: ....Is also known as delayed emptying of the stomach. It's a condition, from multiple causes, where the stomach doesn't empty properly into the intestines. I suspect you meant to ask something else. ...Read more
Small and frequent: You should eat small amounts of easily-digestible foods every few hours. Avoid eating too much at once, and avoid drinking too much liquid with meals. If you are needing to gain weight or improve your nutrition, try supplement drinks like boost or ensure, or glucerna if you're diabetic. ...Read more
Channelopathy: This is a disorder whereby potassium metabolism and weakness occur simultaneously. In turn this is due to abnormal functions in nerve cell membranes, a condition called a channelopathy. These are inherited though family members need not be symptomatic. Treatments are available. See your neurologist. ...Read more
Lots of things: Many problems can cause facial paralysis. It can be congenital, from a tick bite, ear infection, tumor in the face or skull, brain tumor, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc. Most commonly in adults, it is caused by a virus infection of the nerve that provides facial movement. ...Read more
Avoid if possible: If tick does attach, can create a diffuse weakness picture, which is similar to Guillain-Barre. Treatment merely involves finding the tick, often in the hair, and removing it properly. Recovery occurs rapidly thereafter. ...Read more
Only in rare cases: Intubation involves using an instrument (called a laryngoscope) to help the health care provider see the vocal cords and trachea. If the patient has an unstable spine in his neck, perhaps from an auto accident, etc, there is a very remote chance that using the laryngoscopes could put strain in the pine and damage the spinal cord. Anesthesiologists are trained how to intubate all patients safely. ...Read more
Not on own.: The degenerative disc changes are indicative of potential future problems, but could contribute to a spinal stenosis, or if protruded or ruptured, a nerve root compression, with a focal weakness. Severe spinal stenosis, especially in the neck could result in significant leg weakness or eventual paralysis. ...Read more
Bells Palsy Facial N:
It is facial palsy caused by dysfunction of 7th cranial nerve called facial nerve. It is caused by an inflammation of facial nerve which in turn causes swelling of the facial nerve and causes the assymetry of face due to inability to controlfacial muscles on affected side
other conditions that can cause facial palsy are lymes disease, brain tumour and stroke and that is not called bells palsy. ...Read more
Don't wait: Facial paralysis should be evaluate immediately. Inflammatory conditions known as bell's palsy can be treated with antiviral medicine and steroids to minimize long term problems. Trauma to the face or skull base can also paralyze. Tumors both benign and cancerous can press on the nerve or even invade the nerve to cause paralysis but fortunately are rare. See an ENT specialist or neurologist. ...Read more
Depends on exam.: A thorough physical and neurological exam is a must; based on the findings from that exam, the doctor can determine what other tests are needed. There are many possible causes of infantile paralysis, and they can differ in how they present and what tests must be done. ...Read more
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