Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy Definition and What It Means for Me

Today I wanted to clarify what quadriplegic cerebral palsy is, and what it means for me as someone who has it. My understanding of quadriplegic cerebral palsy is that all four limbs are affected by cerebral palsy and in my case, because I have spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy all my muscles are spastic. In my individual case, my legs are more visibly affected than my arms, but officially my diagnosis is quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy.

A common characteristic of spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy is muscle spasms. These muscle spasms are involuntary and I have discovered that by changing position of my life for example, and flexing my ankle this can sometimes help to stop a muscle spasm that is occurring in my leg.
Because muscle spasms don’t affect everyone who has cerebral palsy I am curious to know if muscle spasms impact you and how, if you can do to stop them once it started?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy Definition and What It Means for Me

  1. Lisa says:

    Great explanation of what quadriplegic CP is. I do have muscle spasms. I noticed they occur when the weather changes or when it is really hot. I take 0.5 mg Xanax to help but i usually walk it off. Sometimes they are so excruciating, it makes a 52 year old me want to cry.

  2. Crip Video says:

    I have spastic diplegia CP. I can walk but I have slight amounts of spasticity everywhere in my body so quads aren’t the only ones who have it in multiple areas. I figured you were a quad. There are breathing and movement exercises that can slow down the spasms and CP signal.

  3. Kat says:

    My 7 year old daughter has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She’s non verbal so she can’t tell me if something’s hurting her.. So I have to guess and ask.. She often wakes up at night but I don’t know what’s causing it. When I go to her she’d just smile and as soon as I’d leave she’d start screaming and that can go on for hours.. I don’t know if she gets spasms, but she might.. She’s got very tight muscles in her legs/ankles and wears AFO’s to school.. (at home she wouldn’t put them on without world war 3) I do try to keep her bedroom as warm as I can without getting her too hot as she won’t sleep under her duvet or in long sleeved pj’s. It’s nice to read your blog.. helps me to see things more clearly.. x Thank you :)

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