Primary periodic paralysis attacks can be reduced
How is Primary Periodic Paralysis diagnosed?
Getting a confirmed diagnosis for primary periodic paralysis can take some time because the symptoms can be confused with other more common conditions such as emotional issues or stroke.1-3
There are several factors doctors will consider when determining if you have primary periodic paralysis:
- Your personal experience with attacks of paralysis: Understanding various details about your attacks is important. This includes what parts of your body are typically affected, what tends to trigger the attacks (eg, types of food or certain activity), and the age you first started getting attacks.2,4,5
- People in your family who have the condition: Recognizing a family history can speed up diagnosis because primary periodic paralysis is generally inherited.1
- Various laboratory and medical tests: Performing certain tests can help rule out other diseases. Tests in people with symptoms of primary periodic paralysis often include blood testing, muscle function testing and sometimes even genetic testing to determine if you have an abnormality in 1 of the genes associated with the condition.4,5
How is Primary Periodic Paralysis treated?
Aside from lifestyle changes, there are 2 main approaches to managing your primary periodic paralysis attacks. The first is treatment for an attack that is already underway. The second works to help manage the occurrence of attacks.
- For hyperkalemic periodic paralysis: getting mild exercise and eating high-carbohydrate foods can help
- For hypokalemic periodic paralysis: taking oral potassium can lessen the severity of an attack and make it not last as long
- In case of a severe attack: Some attacks can be so severe that you may need medical attention, so you should talk to your doctor about the best plan for managing severe attacks
- Treatment with KEVEYIS: KEVEYIS is the only approved prescription treatment for primary periodic paralysis—ask your doctor if KEVEYIS is an appropriate option for you
- Avoid your triggers: Know your particular triggers and work with your doctor on a plan to avoid them