Child Paralyzed With Rare, Mysterious Illness | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 08 August 2019
  • A disease is causing children to be paralyzed and the CDC has more questions than answers. On this week's Wednesday Checkup, we are covering the rare and mysterious Acute Flacid Myelitis. In this episode, you'll find out all the info we do have on the illness as well as what you can do to protect yourself and your kiddos.

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Comments • 3 816

  • Queen Jade
    Queen Jade  48 minutes back

    This happen to me it first started with a cough then my arms got soar and then my legs like 1week later I was not able to walk for more than 5min like 3 days later I asked my mom if I can go to my grandmas house my mom said yes my mom carried me because I could not walk my grandma has stairs so I sat down and lifted my self and sense I’m pretty strong I was able to do this I was very scared because I play sports I went to the doctors they said it was nothing my grandma said let’s put u In the hot tub and she put this weird salt in it out of no where I was able to walk and could feel my legs again I cried now I play football basketball and every sport u can think of Thank you for listening to my story✊🏻👊🏽

    • Mohit Gangrade
      Mohit Gangrade  12 hours back

      The way you described it in the beginning, as a med student, i immediately thought about polio. Later you told that it's AFM.. fuckk, you just educated me regarding a new disease

      • Mhakoy 1
        Mhakoy 1  15 hours back

        and i thought this was guillain barre syndrome hmmm

        • Laura Blodgett
          Laura Blodgett  24 hours back

          I wonder if it spikes at those months due to kids going back to school and more transmission to each other? Doesn't explain the year skip tho 🤔

          • Honey Badger
            Honey Badger  1 days back

            The runny nose: is CSF leaking from somewhere?

            • B
              B  2 days back

              I don’t even know what to say to anti-vaxxers... but hey, it’ll thin out the herd lmao damn that was darker than I meant it to be

              • Cameron Williams
                Cameron Williams  2 days back

                You need to watch diagnosis on Netflix

                • Ella Mizzy
                  Ella Mizzy  2 days back

                  Me: *sneezes while watching the video*

                  Brain: *ur gonna die*

                  • Kristy Lee
                    Kristy Lee  2 days back

                    Dr. Mike, you should do more rare disease videos.
                    1. It’s interesting and I am a nerd 🤓 and love science.
                    2. I have a rare mutation ( well two of them) driver mutation for a myeloproliferative neoplasm.
                    3. You’re videos are educational and can reach a lot of people. I love this. ❤️

                    • Taladar2003
                      Taladar2003  3 days back

                      At first I thought from the symptoms you might be talking about polio, using the present tense for dramatic effect but describing the situation back then.

                      • Audrey Williams
                        Audrey Williams  4 days back

                        Now Polio is coming back... albeit not exactly, but it’s similar.

                        • M3nj0
                          M3nj0  4 days back

                          Their palms are sweaty, knees weak, paralyzed spaghetti

                          • Georgina Aidé Jiménez Padala

                            when do we vaccinate our kids for the flu? aug, sept or oct?

                            • Marina Guillen
                              Marina Guillen  3 days back

                              I just asked my medical microbiology professor- she recommended October. Not sure if it’s different months of the year for different locations?? I’m in California

                          • Schmunzelfee
                            Schmunzelfee  5 days back

                            Of course great shows from the US are not available to watch in Europe cause we still live in the digital middle ages and companies are too stubborn to give licenses away. Like the US was the only country in the world... I am sad. Looks like a great show though.

                            • kens ss
                              kens ss  5 days back

                              Dr.Mike, I have medical problems that have been tested over and over and over and no doctor has found an answer. They’re looking into something called MALS but there’s only one doctor in my state that can treat it/diagnose it. I used to have SMAS and gastroparesis, neither caused by anorexia or a body cast so we aren’t sure how I acquired them, and those were both fixed. I’ve had to stop attending school and have a teacher come to my house and it’s all very tough, as I’m a social kid and I dance which I no longer can do. Since I’m at home by myself so much, all I do is watch your videos , they really make me laugh and realize others have it worse. Thank you so much !

                              • Master Rogue
                                Master Rogue  5 days back

                                I wonder if AFM is a mutation of polio. Or maybe shares a common ancestor.

                                • Sophie Kraus
                                  Sophie Kraus  6 days back

                                  Is it a symptom of anxiety to not tell people when you need help? I have heart palpitations that can vary in time from 1 hour to 6+hours and my friends and family always asks why I never let them know in the moment. I wondering if I’m that socially awkward or is this a normal social anxiety to not be a burden?

                                  • Alli Mulcahy
                                    Alli Mulcahy  1 weeks back

                                    Let me first say I am NOT anti vaccine so dont even come here with that.. BUT there are some that has AFM as an adverse reaction which is written on the insert that you can get from the CDC... I'm not saying that's how all these kids are getting it but it can be an adverse reaction but it's definitely something that needs to be researched a little more

                                    • k Kindness
                                      k Kindness  6 days back

                                      Alli Mulcahy all i’m saying is that if it has to do with vaccines, then i would think that more than 600 of the 85% of children vaccinated would be affected. i might be wrong, but it was just a speculation 🤷‍♀️

                                    • Alli Mulcahy
                                      Alli Mulcahy  6 days back

                                      @k Kindness before you say its not read every insert for every vaccine.. my sons vaccinated so I'm not having a debate just saying I've read the inserts

                                    • Alli Mulcahy
                                      Alli Mulcahy  6 days back

                                      @k Kindness I'm just saying that's what it says on some inserts.. I've read them.. adverse reactions are rare I'm just saying it is one for some....

                                    • k Kindness
                                      k Kindness  6 days back

                                      Alli Mulcahy if so, then it should be happening to a greater portion of the population

                                  • Cassie Rankin
                                    Cassie Rankin  1 weeks back

                                    Since you’re talking about mysterious illnesses, you should research Conversion disorder! Most doctors do not know what it is or how to help patients who suffer from it

                                    • Brandon Hernandez-Segura

                                      Hey Doctor Mike , I’m commenting a little late but I just saw this , my sister is currently at Valley Children’s hospital in California she’s been there since mid august and is supposed to get DIscharged in October , she had a Cerebroperitoneal Shunt put in back in December because she had meningitis and encephalitis as a result of Histoplasmosis/Valley Fever . She is currently taking Ampho through a central line every night to combat the histoplasma which was in her brain. She is actually getting looked at by NIH and they will be publishing a study on her (they already got her consent and everything) and they drew blood to do some genetic testing to see why her histoplasma reacted differently than what is common as she never had the fungus in her lungs it was located in her CSF and affected her brain.
                                      She also might get sent to Washington DC to do some more research depending on what these genetic tests say
                                      It started with her getting really bad migraines and often her face would unilaterally droop , mouth and eyes and she wouldn’t be able to speak well and would also drool . This occurred several times and When I first noticed I thought it was a stroke that she was having . Her arm and leg and face would go numb and feeling would return on its own anywhere from 5-60 minutes thereafter . Whenever she would get these episodes she would also sometimes get delusional and would lose awareness of what was going on .
                                      Was curious to know if this could have been undetected AFM

                                      If you would like more information feel free to reach out to me maybe I can also have her doctors forward you some of her case details .

                                      • cataria
                                        cataria  2 weeks back

                                        first question to ask:
                                        "have u been vaccinated recently?"
                                        research and court cases both point to the link between recent vaccination and transverse myelitis, or afm.
                                        for example:
                                        "Description: 11-year-old male received an HPV vaccine and developed symptoms of transverse myelitis within two weeks.
                                         Result: Awarded a lump sum of $269,256.64."
                                        vaxtruthdotorg has more information in regards to all this, but i can't link it, because the comment wouldn't show then.

                                        • Maria Cordova
                                          Maria Cordova  2 weeks back

                                          I had transverse myelitis and it took a whole year, a bunch of test and physical therapy... just to get a diagnosis. I lost profound sensitivity on the left side of my body and lost strength on my left leg. It was sooo scary but my 85 year old neurologist had it very clear it was myelitis. I received 12 steroid injections in 6 days and in 3 months i was fully recovered.

                                          Thanks for talking about this rare condition. Greetings from Venezuela

                                          • Paula Carmela Parreño
                                            Paula Carmela Parreño  2 weeks back

                                            Hi Dr. Mike! Just wanna ask if Mycosis Fungoides is also a rare illness? Is true that it's treatable but not cureable? ♥️💙

                                            • Elizabeth C
                                              Elizabeth C  2 weeks back

                                              Dr. Mike, because you have the willing attention of so many people, you should consider starting a podcast or continuing to focus some of your videos on various diseases and illnesses, and how to prevent/ avoid them. The patients I get are always in critical shape. Sometimes I can't help but wonder how many lives would be different if someone had taken the time to do what you are doing. I applaud you for using your social media platform to try to educate others

                                              • This is Cutie Ringo Joy

                                                I always love watching your vidoes because I can get back my brain cells form anti vax moms

                                                • skyler draws!
                                                  skyler draws!  2 weeks back

                                                  Hahaha i have flu for 3 months and i'm ok ha. Ha...

                                                  • D R
                                                    D R  2 weeks back

                                                    That’s weird usually antibiotics would still used been with a virus because your immune symptoms is compromised and bacteria can occur

                                                    • D R
                                                      D R  2 weeks back


                                                  • D R
                                                    D R  2 weeks back

                                                    You’re a good guy man keep up the vids ✊🏾

                                                    • Tsuneo Mijimena
                                                      Tsuneo Mijimena  2 weeks back

                                                      This had me scared af. I am sick with many of the normal symptoms you mentioned. But pretty sure it's just a cold considering the lack of other symptoms like arm and leg weakness.

                                                      • Will Dell
                                                        Will Dell  2 weeks back

                                                        Aww, poor kid

                                                        • O V S T
                                                          O V S T  2 weeks back

                                                          If a patient comes in complaining of symptoms which are commonly associated with autoimmune diseases, (pain in the joints, fatigue, brain fog, low grade fever, bowel issues, rashes, etc.), and they test negative for the main suspects such as RA, Lupus, Lyme, Sjorgren's, MS, etc., but DO test positive for ANA at a level of 1 180, is that result, along with the symptoms described by the patient, sufficient enough to not only be cause for concern, but enough to refer that patient to rheumatology?

                                                          • Noora نورة
                                                            Noora نورة  2 weeks back

                                                            I think the problem with most diseases they all start with similar symptoms which makes it hard to know which disease it is

                                                            • EeviumZ
                                                              EeviumZ  2 weeks back

                                                              Me: *Has cold symptoms *
                                                              Also me: Ah, s***.

                                                              • Storie Tanner
                                                                Storie Tanner  3 weeks back

                                                                Thanks so much for making this video. My friends son was hospitalized for AFM when he was 4 years old 4 years ago. He’s now walking again and may soon be breathing on his own again.

                                                                • Snakeseye Gaming
                                                                  Snakeseye Gaming  3 weeks back

                                                                  Its probably polio

                                                                  • The Galaxy Gamer
                                                                    The Galaxy Gamer  3 weeks back

                                                                    I had
                                                                    Stomach pain
                                                                    Stuffy nose
                                                                    Arm and leg weakness (makes me feel heavy and can barely walk)
                                                                    Really bad cough
                                                                    Lots of mucus in nose
                                                                    _what does this mean?_

                                                                  • Toni Grosso
                                                                    Toni Grosso  3 weeks back

                                                                    September is Interstitial Cystitis awareness month. I have a bad case. Self cath now. You should talk about it. Painful bladder disease. I have The Hunners ulcers to. Just an idea.

                                                                    • Ivan Arellano
                                                                      Ivan Arellano  3 weeks back


                                                                      • Madi c:
                                                                        Madi c:  3 weeks back

                                                                        As an expecting mother, every time someone tries to tell me that I shouldn’t vaccinate my child, I die a little inside 🤦🏻‍♀️

                                                                        • chicken Fart
                                                                          chicken Fart  2 weeks back

                                                                          I know I’m still telling her

                                                                        • Julia Arnold
                                                                          Julia Arnold  2 weeks back

                                                                          chicken Fart lol wot? She is pregnant no kid yet

                                                                        • chicken Fart
                                                                          chicken Fart  2 weeks back

                                                                          Madi C vaccinate your kids just telling you if your child’s stomach is hurting to where he is crying and can’t stand up make sure he drinks some water goes to the bathroom if that does not work contact the doctor it could be a infection

                                                                      • Fiction Crew
                                                                        Fiction Crew  3 weeks back

                                                                        People who are making fun of moms who don’t put injections into their kids can shut up. Maybe the moms are wrong for being ignorant but you are wrong for insulting them. They’re scared for their children and that something will be caused due to these injections. You guys have no hearts swear ..

                                                                        • Elin Jones
                                                                          Elin Jones  3 weeks back

                                                                          After watching these videos I worry for my younger sister because my parents tend not to take us to the doctor when we obviously need to. For example, I most likely have a syndrome that causes me to be overly flexible in unnatural part of my body, like my wrist and my hip. Meaning I can get my thumb to touch my wrist and I can put my feet behind my head. But it also gives me aches and pains in my joints, wich sometimes would keep me up at night when I was younger because of how painful it was. It took my parents 4 years to take me to a doctor about and yet my parents and even the doctor has just said it is growing pains. I have them in the joints in my knee and my and my ankle the most and sometimes my ankle kilts out to the side on its own causing me to be thrown off balance.

                                                                          Another example is that it took my parents over an hour to take me to the hospital when I broke my wrist. I broke it so bad that when I pull my hand back you can see parts of the bone after 4 years.

                                                                          And this isn't really the it fault but once I had bronchitis when I was really young and one night it got so had I suffocated and my parents had to take me for the hospital.
                                                                          And I have many more stories, but I'm not going to bore anyone with those. So sometimes I worry for my little sister because she could easily have something like this and my parents would desire just to diagnose her themselves.

                                                                          • JessTheHorse
                                                                            JessTheHorse  3 weeks back

                                                                            Woah, the paralysis would be so scary!!!! One time I had a non epileptic seizure at school and I woke up and I was paralyzed. It only lasted half an hour but jeeeeeeez it was terrifying!

                                                                            Most embarrassing part was that I was in English class, and the whole class me lying on the floor not moving🙊

                                                                            • Emily Bergey
                                                                              Emily Bergey  3 weeks back

                                                                              is this in Canada?

                                                                              • Vysionz
                                                                                Vysionz  3 weeks back

                                                                                *polio flashbacks intensify*

                                                                                • Rhenea
                                                                                  Rhenea  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Ok so, this is kinda a theory that just came into my mind, literally just right after the video ended. No hate please 'cause I'm not a medical student.

                                                                                  So you've already noticed the pattern as to when the virus strikes. Why not observe the pattern of the environment where these kids came from and see what happened to that environment when they got the virus.

                                                                                  Because when getting a virus or an illness the main factor here is the environment and how healthy the person/patient is.

                                                                                  For example, one child came from a place where a tornado struck, and then s/he acquired that virus. Now remember a tornado is a massive force of wind spinning that eradicates everything it comes through and when small enough it can fly with that tornado. If it can happen with physical objects... Why not Viruses?

                                                                                  And what I mean by pattern of the environment is. For example, 2014 a tornado struck a child got infected. 2016 another tornado struck, same place. But did a child get infected?

                                                                                  I'm not really educated in this medical field so tell me my wrong and errors in this theory*

                                                                                  • Simply Laiba
                                                                                    Simply Laiba  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I literally lost my voice and I couldn’t talk. my parents still refused to take me to the doctor and kept trying home remedies. I live in Canada so health care is free for us not like we’re living in Canada. Y the hell are my parents so scared of going to the doctors. I had to go through so much pain.

                                                                                    • Simple ASMR
                                                                                      Simple ASMR  3 weeks back

                                                                                      This is very interesting but please talk about PANDA which comes from strep

                                                                                      • Josephine Josie
                                                                                        Josephine Josie  3 weeks back

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