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Man paralyzed after eating a wildflower as medicine, treated successfully at JP Hospital

There are many parts of India including Western Odisha, where still many ignorant patients visit local quacks for their treatment, without realizing the risks & dangers associated with it. Very recently, a 38 years old male patient from Belarigarh Rajgangpur came to JP Hospital with a condition of lower body paralysis.

Before coming to JP Hospital, Rourkela, this patient was suffering from uncontrolled diabetes & Peripheral neuropathy associated with weakness, numbness and pain, usually in both legs feet & hi-joint. Nerve damage sometimes also affects other areas and body functions including digestion, and urination. The patient visited many other hospitals but his condition did not improve. Then on the advice of some local quack, this patient consumed a wild flower, prescribed by the quack. Now instead of getting cured, the situation of this patient started deteriorating and symptoms worsened. This patient could not stand after that because of improper treatment and was left with the lower part of the body in a paralyzed-like condition.

After an initial assessment by JP Consultant Dr. Lopamudra Sahu, the patient has advised of some clinical investigations but no abnormalities were found in the patient’s CT / MRI of the LS Spine & Brain.
However, Nerve Conduction Test revealed demyelination of nerves and impairment of nerve condition was observed. A demyelinating disease is any condition that causes damage to the protective covering (myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve fibres in your brain, the nerves leading to the eyes (optic nerves) and the spinal cord. A person may experience numbness and tingling, burning, or prickling sensations in their arms, legs, or feet. They may also feel pain when touched lightly. Demyelination is often caused by inflammation that attacks and destroys myelin. This can occur in response to an infection, or it can attack the body as part of an autoimmune process in which the immune system attacks healthy cells.

After the diagnosis, the patient, who was admitted under Dr. Lopamudra Sahu, was treated conservatively for Demyelination and uncontrolled diabetes. Along with this, a continuous physiotherapy session was provided with other supplements. Gradually after 7 days, the patient was able to sit and was able to get back his bladder & bowel sensation. The condition of this patient which was considered almost as not treatable, this 7 days recovery outcome gave a lot of confidence to the treating consultant Dr. Lopamudra Sahu & JP medical team to continue further with the treatment. After two months the patient was able to walk with minimal support. This was another life-saving effort by JP medical team for a patient, from an almost non-treatable condition to be alive & walking, which adds another success story for JP Hospital.

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