These are a set of diseases whereby the sufferers experience short bouts of muscle weakenss or even total body paralysis, but are completely conscious. It's caused by abnormalities in the ion channels of the muscles.
The triggers for these episodes are:
- carbohydrate-rich meals
The treatment is usually via medications to help stabilize potassium levels, and are often targeted to the specific subtype of Periodic Paralysis based on gene type.
The disease is also hereditary--if a parent has the disease, their kids have a 50% chance of inheriting the condition.
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