What Causes Paralysis?

Paralysis can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose paralysis, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "paralysis" as a symptom.  For example, neuritis/neuropathy.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
specific muscle weakness
loss of sensation
facial burning/tingling
inability to tell hot from cold
loss of sense of touch
increased sensitivity to touch
occasional odd skin sensations
numb/burning/tingling extremities
great loss of muscle tone
continuing slight limb numbness
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of paralysis.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Nervous System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about paralysis:
Aside from your face, have you experienced paralysis anywhere else in your body?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, it was caused by physical injury
→ Yes, in one part of my body, not from injury
→ Yes, two or more parts of my body, not from injury
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either paralysis due to physical injury or paralysis not due to physical injury, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Neuritis/Neuropathy.  Paralysis is one of the more severe symptoms of neuritis.
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