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My grandfather fell on his head and can't move his hands! Is this paralysis?

My grandfather fell on his head and can't move his hands! Is this paralysis?

Spinal cord injury: This is central cord syndrome until proven otherwise. A form of spinal cord injury, needs immediate cervical spinal immobilization and neurosurgery workup. If he's still at home call 911 do not drive him to the hospital in your car.

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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Is it possible to have paralysis in my hands and fingers that will come and go? I have several other symptoms, but all of them seem to come and go.

Is it possible to have paralysis in my hands and fingers that will come and go? I have several other symptoms, but all of them seem to come and go.

Possible, unlikely.: Anything is possible but rather unlikely. I would like to know what do you mean by paralysis? You might be getting numbness &/or tingling, which might come and go. Could you kindly elaborate on your history?

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My hand paralysis since aye bourne it was pulled during delevry, is there any surgry for my hand in order to be came normal. My age now 23 years old?

My hand paralysis since aye bourne it was pulled during delevry, is there any surgry for my hand in order to be came normal. My age now 23 years old?

More unlikely than: Not. This is so long standing that it is more likely than not that you will not be able to get rid of this. I would love to believe that in the era of modern medicine and with the research being done with stem cells, that this would be possible, however, I don't want to mislead you with false hope. I am a believer however in never giving up when you want something badly enough. Good luck!

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Dr cant diagnose periodic paralysis, it hit for 2-3 mins max, I never fall, when tired/during season change, hand moves induced Hypok/hyperk?

Please give details: I don't understand exactly what you mean by "can't" diagnose periodic paralysis. Is this doctor a neurologist? There could be other factors present making the diagnosis more challenging such as HYPERthyroidism, seizure disorders, and periodic paralytic types with NORMAL levels of potassium. If you'd like a private consult to explain more write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR

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Bodyheavy sensation/almost paralyse triggered by hand movements subside w/rest 1-2min. Periodic paralysis/lakeofsleep? Vanishes for months sometimes

Worrisome: Paralysis is always a concerning symptom. I would recommend an examination by a primary care physician to do a full neurologic exam including deep tendon reflexes, grip strength, gait, muscle symmetry, etc. Given your age and no other history, I would want to rule out myasthenia gravis, among other common neuromuscular disorders possibly include blood work, imaging and EMG testing.

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20 yr old female w/ MS. Sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. MD told me acidosis. Concur??

20 yr old female w/ MS. Sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. MD told me acidosis. Concur??

? alkalosis?: Sounds to me more like the opposite of acidosis, a condition called alkalosis. This is caused by breathing too fast, usually when upset/anxious. It's whyyou breath into a paper bag when you're breathing too fast - because this exactly can happen, and it's because you are blowing off too much acid too fast and become alkalotic. Your symptoms are classic. If happens again, breath into paper bag.

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20 yr old female w/ MS. Sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. Not breathing abnormally and was very calm?

20 yr old female w/ MS. Sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. Not breathing abnormally and was very calm?

Thots: Might want to check ionized Calcium levels, but also consider whether you are experiencing relapse, or even MS brief seizure-like spells. Note you are taking IVIG and FFP besides Rebif, and wonder if you would do far better with a more potent single medication such as Gilenya, Tysabri, (natalizumab) or Lemtrada. Talk to your neurologist about all of this, as my opinion is based on data provided only.

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I had radial tunnel surgery 3 months ago. I have partial paralysis in both arms& weakness. (13 yrs.) will I ever regain use of my hands?

WIth 13 years of: Weakness I doubt that the true purpose of radial tunnel decompression was ever to give a return of muscular function. You should clarify this with your surgeon if your understanding or expectations are different.

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What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

Many possibilities: Paroxymal weakness, numbness and altered level of consciousness are all suggestive of a central nervous system disorder. The altered awareness may suggest seizure like events. The periodic weakness, paralysis and numbness of limbs may suggest a warning of a stroke. You should seek formal neurologic evaluation.

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What can cause low t3, (liothyronine) hypoglycemia, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, weakness, jaundice in hands, extreme fatigue, hot flashes, numbness, bradycardia?

What can cause low t3, (liothyronine) hypoglycemia, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, weakness, jaundice in hands, extreme fatigue, hot flashes, numbness, bradycardia?

Sounds complex: This is a perfect question for HealthTap Prime, cuz each of these Sx need follow-up questions. 1st, low T3 (liothyronine) but what's the free T4? Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis is associated w/ hypothyroidism. Do u have diabetes? Adrenal gland being affected? U seem to have some autoimmune phenomenon including jaundice (hepatitis). Does lupus run in ur family? Very strange mix of symptoms. Talk 2 a doc for Diagn

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What cranial nerve is supposed to be involved with "crutch paralysis" or "wrist drop"?

What cranial nerve is supposed to be involved with "crutch paralysis" or "wrist drop"?

This is associated: With a brachial plexus injury, not a cranial nerve injury. This is usually associated with the posterior cord in the brachial plexus or radial nerve downstream, occasionally a c7/8 nerve lesion can cause this but the wrist drop is not usually as isolated.

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On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

Head numbness?: The differential includes cerebral vasospasm, TIA due to hypotrension or cardiac arrhythmia with a fixed stenotic lesion, acephalgic migraine and focal seizure. Focal seizure is less likely because of the absence of initial "positive symptoms" (Parasthesias) If the head numbness and hand symptoms are unrelated think CTS. If deficits last 24 hours or greater think MS or ICS (not quite MS)

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Is hand spasm normal for people with cerebral palsy?

Is hand spasm normal for people with cerebral palsy?

Likely: Spasm may be common in some types of cp. Newer treatments may be botox. In addition to seeing a neurologist and physiatrist.

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Suggest some hand excises for remedial hand palsy in wrist and fingers?

Suggest some hand excises for remedial hand palsy in wrist and fingers?

Six pack hand: Six pack hand exercises are easy to look up online. Just search and you'll find many diagrams. It's easy to find these online

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3wks baby Erbs palsy. After first exercise she made all movement. But prefer to put hand on chest & had some weaknesses. Will recover completely soon?

3wks baby Erbs palsy. After first exercise she made all movement. But prefer to put hand on chest & had some weaknesses. Will recover completely soon?

Need more info: The recovery from herbs palsy depends on A number of factors, I have seen patients have full recovery but also I have seen some partial recoveries. At three weeks it's too soon to tell. I recommend you ask your doctor and ask if there's any positioning that you should avoid or try to keep the baby in.

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12wks baby erbs palsy has all movements. Doctors cant determine which hand is palcy, but sometimes has some weakness, is there chance to full recovery?

12wks baby erbs palsy has all movements. Doctors cant determine which hand is palcy, but sometimes has some weakness, is there chance to full recovery?

Most likely: Most palsies from birth usually resolve themselves on their own or with physical therapy. If your baby has made this much progress in a short time then the likelihood of full recovery is high. Continue to play with your baby having the baby use the weaker arm more often.

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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