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Weakness; numbness; tingling in feet and legs, increasing to complete loss of sensation and motion; paralysis of the bladder and rectum; urine bad smelling from decomposition in the bladder; cramps; twitching of the limbs; great debility.
Paralysis of the lower part of the body may result from inflammation of the spinal cord or its membranes, from congestion, or anaemia of the cord, from hemorrhage or apoplexy of the cord, or from an injury.
When due to congestion or inflammation, continuous cold should be applied over the affected part by means of ice compresses or the spinal ice-bag. If the difficulty is due to an opposite condition, fomentations, alternate hot and cold applications, and the appli cation of ice three or four times a day, four or five minutes at a time, are among the useful measures. When the disease is chronic, galvanic electricity can be applied to the spine to advantage, and the limbs should be daily exercised by means of thorough friction and massage, and should be treated two or three times a week with faradic electricity. Local applications of faradic electricity to the rectum and over the bladder should be applied as a means of restoring power to those parts when paralyzed. We have sometimes obtained excellent results by this mode of treatment.