Periodic paralysis is a group of disorders that are rare and often genetic. This condition is characterized by weakness or paralysis from common triggers such as cold, heat, high carbohydrate meals, not eating, stress or excitement and physical activity of any kind. The underlying cause for this condition is malfunctions in the ion channels in skeletal muscle cell membranes.
HOW IS PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Periodic Paralysis by conducting a physical examination.
HOW IS PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Treatment of the periodic paralyses focuses on preventing further attacks and relieving acute symptoms. Avoiding carbohydrate-rich meals and strenuous exercise, and taking acetazolamide daily may prevent hypokalemic attacks. Attacks can be managed by drinking a potassium chloride oral solution. Eating carbohydrate-rich, low-potassium foods, and avoiding strenuous exercise and fasting, can help prevent hyperkalemic attacks. Dichlorphenamide may prevent attacks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Health problems that may be due to this condition include:
• Kidney stones (a side effect of acetazolamide)
• Irregular heartbeat during attacks
• Difficulty breathing, speaking, or swallowing during attacks (rare)
• Muscle weakness that worsens over time