Paralysis is a problem that arouses with the loss of muscle movement in the body which is mainly caused due to the disruption of nerves impulses communications in the pathway from the brain to the muscles. Paralysis is a progressive stage of muscle weakness and results in loss of coordination between nerves senses and central nervous system. The symptoms of paralysis can occur anywhere but mostly it targets hands and arms of its sufferer. If they targets one side of the body then it is called as unilateral attack and if it targets both side of the body then the paralysis attack is called bilateral attack. Paralysis attack on lower half portion of the body is know as paraplegia whereas paralysis attack targeting both the arms and legs is known as Quadriplegia in medical terminology.
Causes Of Paralysis
There are various reasons for the occurrence of paralysis to the patient body. It can be caused due to injuries of spinal cord or health problems like trauma. Sometimes, neurological disorder and nerve damage problems like neuropathy causes paralysis. Many times, autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis or Gullian-Barre syndrome are also responsible for hazardous effect of paralysis attack. Apart from these reasons, transient ischemic attack and stroke followed by exposure to poison or toxin also leads to paralysis attack. It is generally observed that sudden paralysis attack gives indication of spinal cord injury of other dangerous stroke which makes the problem more and more complicated.
Serious Symptoms That Might Indicate A Life-threatening Condition
Sudden paralysis is a result of stroke when the supply of blood as well as oxygen to the brain gets temporarily blocked. Spinal cord injury is a serious symptom of paralysis attack. Apart from this, some life threatening symptoms of paralysis includes change in consciousness level and mental status, sudden change in behavior, difficulty in remembering anything, numbness, problem in breathing and respiration like shortness of breath, choking and wheezing. Severe headache is also a major symptom of paralysis which becomes more complicated it they’re left untreated at initial stages.
Treatment available for Paralysis
Unfortunately, there is no treatment available for the paralysis attack. However, the patient sufferings from paralysis are taken for rehabilitation where they learn methods to live a compromised life with zeal and excitement.
Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy are found to be very effective in getting relief for the spastic paralysis attack and such therapies produces better therapeutic effects and causes no side effects to the health of its sufferer. But, such therapies are preferred only in few countries including China and Japan because other countries still requires clinical studies to know whether such therapy can really works effectively in the treatment of a paralyzed person.
Other Assistance for Paralysis Patients
For the patient suffering from paralysis attack, wheelchair emerges to be the best mobility aid as with this, the patient can freely move anywhere manually. Wheelchair can be manual or electric, they’re are available in special modified versions including light weight wheelchairs, folding wheelchair and motorized wheelchair.
Patient can also prefer new version of wheelchair called ‘standing wheelchair’ in which he or she can easily raise to a standing position so as to move from one place to another.Many doctors also recommend use of Orthose which is external mechanical device and can help, prevent and give support to body segments in neuromuscular skeletal conditions. Apart from orthose, paralysis patients are also recommended to use Prosthesis, a device that can extend or replace a limit, extremity or other body parts to ease the paralysis problem.
Medications and Assistance to Manage Paralysis
Paralysis attack is mainly a result of spinal cord injury which leads to the failure of bladder function and normal bowel function. Such paralysis attacks are usually controlled by a catheter that empties the urine from the bladder. Many times, colostomy i.e. surgery of the bowel are also suggested by a medical professional so as to help people with paralysis in emptying their bowel.
Pain which is caused due to damage of nerves can be controlled using medicines like pregabalin and amitriptyline. Apart from these medicines, patients are also given painkillers like paracetamol are not given to any patients in paralysis attack caused due to nerve damage because it delivers ineffective result in reducing paralysis pain. Use of muscle relaxants like Botox, Baclofen or Dantrolen are also preferred to reduce the paralysis pain caused due to involuntary muscle spasms.
These are the best methods with which the paralysis attack can be controlled to some extent. You must ensure to consult at last 2-3 medical professionals and choose the best suggestion as per the condition of paralyzed person to get best aid in its treatment.