Periodic Paralysis Information and Resources

Fund Status and Eligibility

Fully Allocated - Effective 10/01/2018, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Periodic Paralysis Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.

Maximum Award Level: $10,000 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient must be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Periodic Paralysis.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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Information About the Disease

The periodic paralyses are a group of rare inherited muscle diseases that cause temporary episodes of muscle weakness or paralysis. Most of the conditions are associated with an alteration in potassium levels. Periodic Paralysis is found in all races and in both sexes. Some patients have their first attack within minutes of birth, but a few don't have symptoms until they are in their 60’s or 70’s. Attacks can last only a few moments or go on for days, depending on the type of periodic paralysis the person has. Some forms of periodic paralysis include muscle stiffness or rigidity as part of the attacks. Some forms include permanent muscle weakness which develops over a period of many years.

Periodic Paralysis Resources

Periodic Paralysis Association (PPA)

www.periodicparalysis.org/

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Phone: 800-572-1717 - www.mda.org/

 

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