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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   My mom has been diagnosed with AHC disease
Doctor :   Can you please elaborate on this
Doctor :   AHC
User :   its Anterior Horn Cell disease
Doctor :   OK
User :   the problem she has is she cant lift any of her hand up
User :   straight
User :   cant pick up anything
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Any thing else that is significant that you want to tell about her symptoms
User :   1 year ago first doc did the MRI.. and found that one of the nerve is getting pressed
User :   he did a operation
Doctor :   ok
User :   but later same doc diagnosed it as AHC disease
User :   in bangalore
User :   and doctor in bombay hospital confirmed the same
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Actually this is a disease that affect the spinal cord, anterior horn of the spinal cord
User :   yes
Doctor :   which supplies the volunatry muscles
Doctor :   hence the voluntarily done actions are affected
Doctor :   the muscles become weak and intense pain
Doctor :   That is the reason why if she voluntarily does anything
Doctor :   she cannot do 100% of it
User :   her hands are like 5% working
User :   i will say
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   This can be progressive
User :   do you think there is any treatment
Doctor :   and it affects the limbs the most
User :   and if there is a way to get it working again
Doctor :   Currently a little research is being done on this
Doctor :   and till now nothing has proven
User :   in US or anywhere in the world
User :   outside India
User :   any doctor who can treat this?
Doctor :   Sridharan Ramaratnam, MBBS, MD, Head, Department of Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Chennai Neurospeciality and Research Institute, India has been in this type of disorders
Doctor :   Actually it is more common in South India hence we had a doctor who was researching on this
User :   hmmm
User :   Sridharan Ramaratnam
User :   who is he?
Doctor :   the treatment consists of physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation.
User :   i mean does he do anything specific to AHC disease
Doctor :   I have shared the information above
User :   or he is just neaurology
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   He was into research of this Focal Muscular Atrophies
Doctor :   including AHC
Doctor :   This disease only affects the quality of life but not death
User :   ok
User :   do you know if there is any treatment in Homeopathy
User :   or ayurvedh
User :   or chinese medicine
User :   acupunture
User :   or anything
Doctor :   I am sorry
Doctor :   I have no idea about the other therapies
User :   ok
User :   anything outside India u know
User :   the best doc for AHC
User :   outside India
Doctor :   I am not aware of
Doctor :   Ofcourse I can say you big names of hospitals but not the doctors
Doctor :   MayoClinic, Cleveland
User :   in Newyork?
Doctor :   New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
Doctor :   NYU Langone Medical Center
User :   ok
User :   basically i wanted to ask if there is any treatment out there in alternate medicine
Doctor :   I do not think so
User :   as i know that there is no treatment in
Doctor :   Physiotherpay and Psychotherapy
User :   normal practice
User :   my mom has been doing physiotherapy for the last 1 year continuously
User :   but no help
Doctor :   Is it done by Neuro Physiotherapist
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Yogic therapy
Doctor :   You can try this
Doctor :   It seems you moved out of the page
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