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Tick Paralysis In Children
Just like it says..: Tick paralysis, mostly seen in the rocky mountain areas of the usa and canada in the western hemisphere, is an ascending flaccid paralysis that looks like guillain-barre syndrome but is caused by toxins from a feeding female tick, usually dermacentor. Its recovery is dependent on removal of the tick. ...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
Dogs get lymes: Dogs can get lyme disease, as mild or severe as humans. As with people, it can affect the skin (usually earliest sign), but then in second stage, it can affect joints, and it late stage cause heart and brain disease. The organism is the most common spirochete-causing disease in the world. Needs high index of suspicion by physician, diagnosis, and proper treatment. ...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
Lyme: No, all ticks do not cause Lyme. The one that causes Lyme is tiny as a dot of pepper. Some counties or universities have labs that will examine the tick if you have it and let you know. Bell;s Palsy is not from Ticks but from a swelling of facial nerves, perhaps caused by a virus, and typically one fully recovers. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Having a panic right now I had a tick on me and my sister got it out and now I'm fearing Lyme or Bell's palsy what's the chance we live in country?
Lyme disease: There are many types of ticks. If you still have the tick you can take it to a local lab or university to find out if it is the type that give one Lyme. That one is extremely small, like a dot of pepper. Please see your doctor and mention your panic. He/she may treat you to prevent Lyme or refer you if panic attacks are part of your life. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have myself in panic over tick I've had 4 on me will it cause Lyme or neuro issues I think they lone star tick or Bell's palsy?
Ticks: There are many types of ticks and not all cause Lyme disease. If you manage to keep one, please take it to a local lab for testing. A university or clinic may have that ability. The tick that gives us Lyme is tiny, like a dot of pepper. Have your doc remove any ticks you find because you want it all out. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I was bit by a tick several months ago and diagnosed with bell's palsy a week ago. Do they automatically check for Lyme disease when running bloodwork?
I hope so: Check and make sure it was ordered nothing is automatic and it should be checked. ...Read more
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
Congenital: Usually congenital-idiopathic. Rarely a brain tumor. Sometimes post-viral infection. But surely you discussed this with the ophthalmologist, no? ...Read more
Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...Read more
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
Very unlikely: From the Mayo clinic, progressive supranuclear palsy "typically affects people around the age of 60, and is virtually unknown in people under the age of 40." http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/progressive-supranuclear-palsy/basics/definition/CON-20029502? p=1 ...Read more
Muscle paralysis: Muscle paralysis occurs when there is a lack of muscle function. ...Read more
Yes: The main goal is to promote muscle lengthening, normal range of motion and hand-eye coordination; these are most effective if performed during infancy. Gentle stretching and passive range of motion exercises can be used. Most compensatory adaptation of movement the child tries to use should be discouraged, and normal movement encouraged. Check w/ a physiatrist or osteopathic doctor for specifics. ...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
No: In-utero stroke patients come in all shapes and sizes. Some strokes are large and occur late in the pregnancy and can produce significant problems in the child including cp. Other strokes may be small and occur early enough in the pregnancy that the brain can repair itself before the child is born, and the child will develop perfectly normally. Most cases and outcomes lie in between these examples. ...Read more
If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?
Not clear cut: It really depends on the cause. Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had complicated pregnancy or delivery is more at risk and may not affect your risk of future affected children. But if the child has it as a result of a genetic disorder or a condition in the mom it could put you at risk of recurrence. ...Read more
It's complicated: There are a few reasons why this happens. Primarily it has to do with the imbalance muscle tone. There is a definite correlation to the level of severity and the risk of having a dislocated hip. In other words, the more severely affected a child is, the greater the risk of having a dislocated hip. ...Read more
No, no, maybe: CP is an injury to the developing nervous system, it is not inherited. There are several forms of Osteogenisis imperfecta and their inherance varies. Some do not survive infancy, some require an OI gene from both parents.Down syndrome males are usually sterile, females can reproduce and just under 50% of their babies would be DS. ...Read more
Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?
Confusing question: An adult is an adult. The majority cerebral palsy patients have no cognitive impairment that would prevent acquiring adult self monitoring & awareness skills. Those that are mentally impaired need help with these issues but can learn them over time. Why wouldn't a parent want his kid to develop acceptable behavior pattern. ...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
Do you mean: ? leg paralysis. We would need more information to be specific, but usual cause might be disorder of spinal cord, although some brain lesions can do so also. If you or someone you know, has leg weakness, this needs to be evaluated rapidly to prevent further damage. ...Read more
Lower extremity: I believe that you are referring to lower extremity paralysis? This may occur from a compressive lesion (tumor, bone fragments from trauma) that affects the spinal cord. If the arms are ok, this would be in the thoracic or lumbar spine. There may also be infiltrative lesions (tumors) or demyelination (multiple schlerosis) or vascualar lestions (strokes) that can cause these problems. ...Read more
Wow!: There are multiple causes for paralysis, including trauma, tumors, infections, toxins, multiple sclerosis, muscle diseases, degenerative diseases, spinal cord compressions, etc. They did not provide me enough space for explanations of how to treat all of these conditions, but you might request that I do a several hour lecture. ...Read more
See answer below: Permanent paralysis can be assumed based on the severity of a spinal cord injury and the evidence of lack of improvement over time. We usually diagnose spinal cord injuries based on their level and severity, such a t7 complete or t2 incomplete. We do not specify whether we think it is permanent or temporary. ...Read more
You bet: It is the equivalent of human Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute immune polyneuritis, and thought to be in many cases associated with a viral infection from coon to dog. Am not a veterinarian, but my limited experience suggests most dogs get generally weak for a few days to weeks and recover, but not sure of doggie therapies. ...Read more