Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cause of Death: Creeping Paralysis

James Polk Casteel b. 9 Aug 1854 in Knox Co. TN; son of James Monroe Casteel and Susannah Underwood; married Arra A. Bacon in April 1876 at her mother’s residence in Barr, Macoupin Co. IL, and had several children. James P. Casteel died 7 April 1929 and is buried at Gilead Baptist Cemetery in Hettick, Macoupin, IL Cause of death recorded as: creeping paralysis

Creeping Paralysis
The term creeping paralysis brings to mind a kind of paralysis that slow develops. There are a couple of types of paralysis that have been called creeping paralysis.

Multiple Sclerosis used to be called creeping paralysis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a non-contagious chronic autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system which can present with a variety of neurological symptoms occurring in attacks or slowly progressing over time.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) is a type of developing paralysis. This paralysis is often described as a creeping paralysis. Lou Gehrig's is a thickening of tissue in parts of the spinal cord resulting in progressive muscle atrophy that starts in the limbs. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is where motor neurons in the spinal cord and central nervous system die off for unknown reasons, causing creeping paralysis and, eventually, death.

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