Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Is It Really Cerebral Palsy? (Respond)

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Is It Really Cerebral Palsy? (Respond)

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[R] Anonymous is just baffled at how CP can just "show up" after having a perfectly developed baby with normal range of motion skills.

I can share a similar story about my 15-year-old son. He was full term, no complications. We built a new home in 1990 and it seemed after we moved in, he was constantly falling down (three-and-a-half years old). I took him to our family doctor and we initially tried shoes with arch supports. When that didn't seem to correct the problem we were referred to an orthopedic doctor. Without doing any MRIs, X-rays or blood work, he stated that my son appeared to have a mild form of CP and we should follow up with a pediatric neurologist. We did just that. He had MRIs of the spine and head, and an EEG for seizure activity, all of which were normal. That's a good thing I guess, but we are still left at age 15 without knowing what has caused this disability. Further consultation with another neurologist and orthopedic doctor led to more tests. Because his condition appeared to progress they would not agree that it was CP, but believed something else (as yet unidentified) must be causing his symptoms. …

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