Paralysis is a condition where there is a loss of muscles function of the body. What occurs is that the communication or messages sent from the brain into the muscles are impaired. Paralysis is divided into two according to its definition: complete paralysis and partial paralysis. It can also affect one or both sides of your body. It can affect one part of the body or can be widespread. Paralysis can also affect only the lower part of your body or just the arms and legs. It can also be permanent or temporary. In addition, a person with paralysis may not be able to feel pain in the affected area.
The symptoms of paralysis are usually easy to identify. A person who has paralysis will lose all feeling or sensation in the affected area. Often times, before total paralysis sets in, there is a numbing or tingling sensation occurring in the affected area. Paralysis will also make it impossible for you to control muscles in the affected body parts.
Experts have identified several classifications of paralysis and these are:
Paralysis can occur in any part of your body. Localized paralysis means it only affect one part of your body, examples are a hand or a foot. While generalized paralysis is a group of conditions that affect multiple body parts.
Monoplegia – paralysis that affects one body part such as one arm or leg
Hemiplegia – paralysis affects one arm and one leg on the same side of the body
Paraplegia– paralysis that affects both of the legs or the lower part of the body
Quadriplegia or tetraplegia – paralysis that affects both of your arms and both of your legs.
Paralysis can be complete or partial. When you say partial paralysis, you will be able to control some muscles in the affected area. If its total paralysis, you will have no control over the muscles in the affected area.
Paralysis may be temporary as with some disorders, such as Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy can cause temporary paralysis to the face. Stroke can also cause temporary paralysis to maybe one side of your body. With proper treatment, a person may be able to regain some or all of your muscle function including feeling and coordination.
There are a lot of causes on why a person will become paralyzed. However, stroke is the most common cause of paralysis. Other causes include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Birth defects
- Traumatic brain injury
If you think you are suffering from Paralysis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Paralysis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).