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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. ...Read more

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? ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My sister had an aorta rupture/tear 9 days ago.She hasn't opened her eyes.Now,she can move her arms,hands,& legs except her right arm/hand. Paralysis?

My sister had an aorta rupture/tear 9 days ago.She hasn't opened her eyes.Now,she can move her arms,hands,& legs except her right arm/hand. Paralysis?

U r lucky: She survived because sudden aortic rupture causes high 90% mortality. U have to wait until stabilized to make final fx. Controlling BP to low normal is key ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg numbness, fainting, loss of consciousness , random episodes of first stage sleep spells and temporary paralysis anxiety itching of my hands legs and ankles. I have been diagnosed with idiopathic spells not sure if its epilepsy?

I am experiencing  leg numbness, fainting, loss of consciousness , random episodes of  first stage sleep spells and temporary paralysis anxiety itching of my hands legs and ankles. I have been diagnosed with idiopathic spells not sure if its epilepsy?

Be evaluated: Any loss of consciousness should be evaluated with a battery of tests to assess for potential causes, from cardiac to neurologic. For the former, it may take ambulatory Holter monitoring ; for the latter, an epilepsy monitoring unit evaluation. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Have bells palsy and was using an electrical stimulator. The target point to use on neck caused my hand to contract on same side and hand tingles. Why?

Have bells palsy and was using an electrical stimulator. The target point to use on neck caused my hand to contract on same side and hand tingles. Why?

Nerve stimulation.: The target point for electrical nerve stimulation in Bell's Palsy should be on the face in front of the ear. Stimulation the neck especially behind the collar bone will stimulate the brachial plexus or cervical nerve root . It will cause contraction or tingling in the arm or hand as expected. ...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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My husband has cerebral palsy and he woke up this morning and his hand is numb and the wrist hurts help?

Peripheral nerve?: Possibly, the angle of his arm at night resulted in nerve compression at wrist, ?Carpal tunnel, but maybe problem a bit higher at elbow level, such as front or back of elbow. Perhaps benign and self-limited, but, if too uncomfortable or persists longer than a few days, will need attention. Perhaps get a wrist splint at drugstore and try at night. See your doc if no benefit. ...Read more

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Having Pains In My Right Chest and Arm n Hand Gets Numb been having kidneys pains as well what can it be i had bell palsy before?

Having Pains In My Right Chest and Arm n Hand Gets Numb been having kidneys pains as well what can it be i had bell palsy before?

Chest pain, hand num: There are several things in the differential but in regards to the chest pain and hand numbness, this could be thoracic outlet syndrome. Cannot explain flank pain. flank pain and chest pain could be occult pulmonary embolism and in that case, cannot explain numbness in the hand. Not simple. There could be more than one thing going on. You need to see your primary care doctor for comprehensive exam ...Read more

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Erbs palsy since birth. 22 now. Loosing motion in hand slowly, arm locking up more, numbness more. More pain. What do I do!? Splint/brace? Surgery?

Never too late: Erb's affects the upper brachial plexus, and your hand involves lower plexus, so this is new superimposed on the prior. The symptoms raise concern that a complex regional pain syndrome may be evolving, and this needs to be addressed asap. The therapy can wait, as the diagnosis must precede. Believe, your best bet is to see a physiatrist initially and perhaps other specialists later. ...Read more

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My baby has erb's palsy problem. She has no problem with moving hand, fingers or elbow. Only lack of moro reflex. How sever is her condition?

My baby has erb's palsy problem. She has no problem with moving hand, fingers or elbow. Only lack of moro reflex. How sever is her condition?

Incomplete question: To get the best out of your questions you need to provide enough basic information for us to work with.Since the moro reflex disappears in most infants by 4 mo awake and 5 asleep (and sooner in some) how old your baby is now matters with what we might answer.Who and why they labeled your baby as an ERB's is also not clear. ...Read more

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Is this lupus, red, hot, hands &feet, bells palsy, low iron, b12, d, thiroid failed, enemic, high b p, lost teeth at 20s am 52 left underarm pain chronic fatigue?

Is this lupus, red, hot, hands &feet, bells palsy, low iron, b12, d, thiroid failed, enemic, high b p, lost teeth at 20s am 52 left underarm pain chronic fatigue?

Fatigue: You have numerous symptoms and there are many possibilities. Keep visiting your doctor to sort out what is happening to you and how to proceed with treatment. ...Read more

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3month baby suddenly refuses to eat from left breast.right breast is more productive.not ear infection& left hand was erbs palsy.Can it be torticollis?

3month baby suddenly refuses to eat from left breast.right breast is more productive.not ear infection& left hand was erbs palsy.Can it be torticollis?

Reason often unknown: Selecting one side only is not unusual but frustrating. If your baby keeps his head tilted or refuses to rotate completely from side to side, this may be reason. If you have a low grade infection in breast or plugged ducts, it may affect the taste of the milk or "let down" may not be as effective on L side. Try football hold, keeping b's head on the R, as if he were still on the R breast. ...Read more

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Third operation on a wrist ganglion cyst to be done soon. Do i need to wear a support forever after this? I have cerebral palsy in same side as well.

Third operation on a wrist ganglion cyst to be done soon. Do i need to wear a support forever after this?  I have cerebral palsy in same side as well.

Not for a ganglion : However if you have increased flexion of your wrist due to CP and there is improvement in your grasp and release with a wrist splint and there are no alternatives such as Botox or surgery and the splint does not interfere with your mechanics of grasp and release by holdong your wrist too tight or too exnteded then you may benefit form a splint. A splint is not typically after a ganglion for long. ...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