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Remedies For Diaphragm Paralysis
I was recently diagnosed with diaphragm paralysis on my right side. I work in lawn care. Could exposure to pesticides cause this?
Possible, unlikely: The cause of weakness or paralysis of the diaphragm is injury or dysfunction of the phrenic nerve or from muscle disease of the diaphragm muscles. An electromyogram can help sort this out. Usually other nerves or muscles are affected that can be more easily tested. Pesticide exposure is a remote, unlikely cause but could be considered in the work-up. Good wishes:) ...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
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
Paralysis of right diaphragm after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Is this likely to improve on its own?
Unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm right lung does not work How high lung capacity such patients with unilateral paralysis does people have?
Not too bad:
You need to know why the diaphragm does not work. Your right lung does not stop working just because the diaphragm does. A person can live a normal life and do normal sports on one lung if need be. Your doctor can do a full pulmonary (lung) function test that can tell you your real reserve. It may have been done already. You can ask your MD that is taking care of you about this.
Had cardiac ablation for afib. Now have been diagnosed with vagus nerve paralysis and diaphragm from the procedure. Should I seek neuro or gastric spe?
Vagus nerve: Likely both specialists would have relevant input into your situation depending ob symptoms, if any. ...Read more
I have bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is any ongoing research for this medical issue?
Depends on cause: The diaphram is controlled by nerves coming from the brainstem. Unilateral paralysis can be a result of surgery for certain heart conditions. Bilateral paralysis is rare but can occur from nerve injury in the neck or from viral infection of the nerves, or autoimmune such as guillain barre. Some recover with time, others are permanent and respiratory support is necessary. See a pulmonary expert. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis with left side weaker. I believe it was caused by a herpes virus. Is this possible? What
Sleep paralysis is a normal stage of sleep.
There are 5 stages of sleep and this is a normal occurrence during the typical sleep cycle. There is no treatment necessary. ...Read more
Transient?: Hemiplegic migraine can cause temporary "one-sided paralysis", but if this is permanent, it is important to have a full evaluation. Treatment is based on causation. Best to start with a primary care physician and consider neurological consultation. ...Read more
Treatment of bells palsy is to start oral Prednisone and antiviral drugs. The antiviral drugs should be started as soon as the symptoms appear to be effective. Most people recover completely without any ill effects
beside the meds you need to keep the affected eye lubricated as there is inability to close the eye on affected side, use artificial tears regularly or use a patch to prevent drying eye. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Paralysis = complete loss of strength or movement in a limb or muscle group. Partial means there is some left. The causes are numerous, from a stroke, to nerve damage of particular peripheral nerve, to spinal stenosis, etc. Treatment is geared toward underlying problem, so careful diagnosis by neurologist is the first step to proper treatment. ...Read more
Unlcear question: Partial paralysis: not sure what mean, perhaps hemiparesis, which is weakness or lack of movement on one side of the body. Or partial paralysis meaning marked weakness but still can move the muscles. Heterophyid is not a real word. Do you mean hyperthyroid. Write question over again. ...Read more
Facial nerve palsy: Hello QiaoW, thanks for the question. The short answer is no. There's not really any standardized routinely effective treatments for facial nerve palsy. Several things have been tried though like steroids, IVIG or acyclovir. The most common treatment is time. It gets better to varying degrees with time. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Erb Palsy Recovery: The treatment time depends on the type of recovery. Most erb's palsies will heal with therapy over 6-12 months. If surgery is required to improve function, the final result may take 2-3 years. Continued rehabilitation may be required for a lifetime if continued deficits are present. ...Read more
Not yet: This is an area of active research, however there are no new, widely accepted treatments for spinal cord injury at this time. Several different technologies are being investigated in the treatment of sci including neural stem cell therapy, neuronal regenerative therapies, neuroprosthetics, and pharmacologic agents to lessen secondary spinal cord injuries. ...Read more
Complicated: I do not believe one should mess around when it comes to your eyes and/or vision. Go get seen by an ophthalmologist at your earliest opportunity to be safe. If this is associated with bells palsy it is usually reversible all by itself. Some doctors use steroids for this condition others don't, but don't mess around with this one, go get checked out please. ...Read more
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See below: Sleep paralysis, if often, usually indicates disruption of sleep and it can point to an underlying medical issue such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy. It is recommended you consult a sleep medicine specialist to discern if this is the case, especially if excessive daytime sleepiness is present. Try to regularize your sleep times ; avoid caffeine, nicotine, ; alcohol near bedtime. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Bronchial virus 3 weeks with bad coughing fits. Non-Smoker, excellent health. Feeling fine for three days but diaphragm pain from coughing. Treatment?
Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more
Can an enlarged/fatty liver put pressure on diaphragm to cause breathing trouble? What are the possible treatment options?
Avoid alcohol: The most common cause of an enlarged, fatty liver that could cause pressure on the diaphragm and associated breathing difficulties is alcohol abuse. If alcohol is the cause in your case, then the most important thing you can do is to completely stop drinking alcohol in all forms. It will also be important to maintain close follow up with your liver specialist whether origin is alcoholic or non-alcoholic. ...Read more
What is hypoparathyroidism? What's the treatment to this? How is it connected to hypokalemic periodic paralysis and renal disease? Please answer.
Low parathyroid horm: Parathyroid glands make a hormone that regulates calcium in the blood. Damage from thyroid surgery or autoimmune disease are main causes. Severe muscle spasm is the chief symptom. High doses of calcium & vit D+ magnesium, is the treatment. No hormone replacement is yet available. Not connected to periodic paralysis. Rx. Can cause kidney stones and could lead to renal failure, not common. ...Read more