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Temporary paralysis from neck down

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 25, 2009
  • 01:25 AM

My son woke up on 2/24/09 around 6:00 in the morning and could not move his body from neck down. He was in his right mind. He could talk and move his neck. He didn't have any feeling in his arms, hands or legs. He was rushed to the hospital and they could not figure out what was wrong with him. Then they transferred him to a children hospital. They ran all type of tests: MRI, Cat-Scan and all types of blood test. Around 3:30 p.m. he could move his fingers and toes. By the next morning, 2/25/09, he could move his whole body and could walk again. He was a little weak on his right side. The doctors release him from the hospital around 2:30 p.m. on 2/25/09. They told me to take him to see his pediatrician on 2/26/09. His Pediatrician doctor checked him out and read his medical records and she couldn't figure out what happen to my son. Can you please help me?

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  • My son woke up on 2/24/09 around 6:00 in the morning and could not move his body from neck down. He was in his right mind. He could talk and move his neck. He didn't have any feeling in his arms, hands or legs. He was rushed to the hospital and they could not figure out what was wrong with him. Then they transferred him to a children hospital. They ran all type of tests: MRI, Cat-Scan and all types of blood test. Around 3:30 p.m. he could move his fingers and toes. By the next morning, 2/25/09, he could move his whole body and could walk again. He was a little weak on his right side. The doctors release him from the hospital around 2:30 p.m. on 2/25/09. They told me to take him to see his pediatrician on 2/26/09. His Pediatrician doctor checked him out and read his medical records and she couldn't figure out what happen to my son. Can you please help me?Hi fajjw,That's a pretty frightening experience for you both!How old is your son? Did he have ANY milder signs/symptoms the day or evening before? Any recent physical trauma/injury? Recent increased anxiety or stress? Does he have any other medical conditions or take any routine medications? Has he had any recent respiratory infections or stomach problems?It certainly seems to have been some type of a central nervous system (brain and/or spinal cord) event. The CT and MRI (which I assume included his head) would have likely picked up anything like a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke. Labs would show any electrolyte imbalance or sepsis.He MAY have had a short-lived form of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is an inflammatory disorder that attacks nerves. I emphasize MAY because Guillain-Barre is not all that common and would generally last more than the approximate 24 hours you describe.Regards,John
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