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Seeking Emergency Care for Paralysis

Stroke, chemical imbalances, and heavy bleeding all can lead to paralysis, an emergency condition that prevents your muscles from moving. Paralysis can come on slowly, but if you experience it suddenly, call 911 or get emergency care at Dignity Health St. John's.

With immediate medical treatment, our emergency doctors can treat, and even reverse, many of the causes of paralysis.

You can expect our emergency doctors, nurses, and staff to treat you with personal care. Your healing and well-being form the cornerstone of our emergency care for many medical conditions, including paralysis.


Life-Saving Care for Paralysis Symptoms at Dignity Health St. John's

In the event of trauma, the cause of sudden paralysis is apparent. For other cases, your emergency doctor will want to know if you have some of these other symptoms with sudden paralysis:

  • Headache, often severe
  • Numbness
  • High fever
  • Difficulty walking or balancing
  • Paralysis facial drooping
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness, even if only for a short time
  • Trouble seeing
  • Trouble talking or understanding others

We understand that paralysis can cause worry and concern. Our doctors offer care with humankindness to comfort you throughout your healing journey.


Diagnosing the Causes of Paralysis

Doctors know that many different health conditions can cause paralysis. Certain infections, toxins, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and brain bleeding may lead to paralysis.

For complete diagnosis, your doctor may recommend blood tests, imaging exams, neurological diagnostic testing, and electrophysiologic testing to measure muscle and nerve function. Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health St. John's to diagnose and treat paralysis, including after your trip to the emergency room.