Stress causes Crestview woman’s mysterious paralysis

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Britainy Pate appears with her daughters and other family members at her parent's house in Crestview. Pate hopes to walk again after experiencing what has been called stress-related paralysis.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 03:10 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Britainy Pate maintains a positive outlook after finally receiving answers about her mysterious paralysis. 

Last June, Pate awoke from her sleep unable to move her legs. After months of questions, the 27-year-old married mother of two has learned that she has conversion disorder.

It’s "a (stress-related) mental health condition in which a person suffers paralysis, blindness or neurological symptoms which cannot be explained by medical evaluation,” the U.S. National Library of Medicine website states.

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Some people react to stress outwardly by yelling or physical activity. Others keep the stress within, causing symptoms like numbness or momentary paralysis.

 Pate remembers experiencing similar symptoms earlier in life.

As a child, she “locked up” and temporarily couldn’t move, she said.

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