Diagnosis Recap: The Good and The Sceptic

August 16, 2019
Daniel Hart 8
Netflix, TV Recaps


Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 7, “Paralyzed” is an insightful ending to the Netflix series, delving into paralysis with two different patients.



Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 7, “Paralyzed” is an insightful ending to the Netflix series, delving into paralysis with two different patients.

This recap of Netflix documentary series Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 7, “Paralyzed”, which concerns Ibrutinib Side Effects and Functional Neurological Disorder, contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

The final episode of the Netflix documentary series Diagnosis presents the audiences with two patients, both suffering from different forms of paralysis.

You have the 61-year-old textbook “good patient” Joe who has paraplegia from the waist down and scans showing no diagnosis as to why he can no longer walk. His paralysis was progressive and slowly moved up to his waist.

We also have Ann, 44 years old — at any time the right of her body can paralyze. She has no control over when it happens.

“Paralyzed” shows Ann to be skeptical about the medical community. Episode 7 is, on the one hand, Ann looking for the truth, but on the other hand, the patient campaigning against the treatment of African Americans and women by doctors. Her well-valued suspicions against the community are not helped by the fact that she’s received hundreds of possible diagnoses with all of them ruled out.

The crowdsourcing gives Ann two main possible conditions. The first being Lyme disease. Ann has suspected that it may be Lyme disease for a while and meets a specialist for an examination. Unfortunately, the results come back negative.

The second condition is Functional Neurological Disorder. The issue is, Ann does not like the stigma against Functional diseases. She’s exceptionally self-aware of how doctors will react when she describes to them that she may have this disorder and is seen as the crazy, African American woman. Dr. Lisa Sanders attempts to remove the stigma from her mind, explaining that Functional Neurological Disorder in the community is improving.

To give the audience a brief insight — Functional Neurological Disorder is when your bodily functions appear to be normal, but that “normal” is not working — it’s doing the opposite. Ann speaks to a young woman who has managed to overcome the disorder, but unfortunately, at the end of Episode 7, we learn she decides to find answers for herself.

As for Joe, we learn that he was diagnosed with blood cancer before his legs stopped working, and he was prescribed with Ibrutinib. According to the crowdsourcing, Ibrutinib Side Effects are common. Joe has coincidentally been off Ibrutinib for a while due to issues with a blood clot, and he can now feel his toes. His doctor advises that he can remain off Ibrutinib for longer, but does not think that loss of feeling in the legs is a side effect.

Diagnosis Season 1, Episode 7, “Paralyzed” ends positively for Joe, as he begins to restore some feeling in his legs and it may take a year or longer to restore full feeling.

Dr. Lisa Sanders closes out the series explaining how successful crowdsourcing has been for her experiment, and that in the future, it may be the best way of getting a fuller diagnosis.

I agree.

You can read the full season review by clicking these words.

8 thoughts on “Diagnosis Recap: The Good and The Sceptic

  • August 26, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Could Dr. JOE the dentist have mercury poison from being a dentist. Episode 7

  • August 27, 2019 at 2:54 am

    No question about it that both of these patients in Episode 7 have Lyme disease. Firstly they are living in the epicentre of where it all started (Lyme, Connecticut). How can the doctor say paralysis/bells palsy is not a symptom of Lyme?? I have experienced ALL of the same symptoms as both of these patients and haves positive diagnosis of Lyme + coinfections. There is no accurate public health test to diagnose Lyme (it only tests one strain of bacteria when there are dozens of borrelia strains). Please seek the advice of a LLMD and get tested through Igenex labs.

  • September 2, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Strongly agree with you, Terry. Particularly as I am good friends with Ann and have been privy not only to the past few years of her difficult journey, BUT also to her horror about how much of a hack job this show did. They cut and edited everything she said MASSIVELY to support their doctor’s diagnosis. A diagnosis, I might add, that Every. Single. Other doctor and specialist she has been to for YEARS unanimously agreed was NOT the case. They cut and tweaked her words to show the complete opposite of the advice and information she’s been told by countless other medical professionals.

    She never wanted to be a public spectacle, she only wanted to feel better and find someone in the medical field who might be able to offer a solution. She wants her body, health, and normal life back. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for, and personally am totally disgusted at the company producing this series. It was cheap, sensationalist garbage. Anything that didn’t fit neatly into their narrative of Good Guy Saviors was discounted or cut/edited. They should be ashamed at preying on people’s hope for legitimate answers/help.

    • September 10, 2019 at 2:45 am

      Smith, first as Ann’s friend please let her know she is not crazy! There is nothing worse than not being believed or to be told you need to help yourself. Please look into ME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. It has varying symptoms that wax and wain. It is an invisible disease where standard tests can often come back negative. There are very few experts in the field and I have been blessed to have seen two of them. You are lucky in the fact that two of them are in Connecticut. Dr Morris Papernik, Internal Medicine in Hartford and Dr Andy Selinger, Family Medicine in Hamden. Not only have I been diagnosed with ME but also Orthostatic Intolerance, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and also possibly Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I have also experienced issues with the left side of my lip drooping. It is believed to have a viral component living in my gut. A biopsy of my stomach lining revealed double stranded viral RNA. I am not a doctor and could be totally off base with this but at the very least these two doctors will take you seriously and not dismiss you. God Bless you and I hope you can find some answers.

  • October 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    They both need a provoked urinalysis to test for mercury poisoning. They will probably have to go out of state for it. CT has cracked down on the alternative docs that test for it. A provoked analysis using DMPS is a must since mercury hides in the body — it has to be forced out. A simple blood test or unprovoked urinalysis won’t cut it. I am especially suspicious of mercury poisoning for the dentist who was exposed on a daily basis. I had mercury poisoning too, and my symptoms started the same — tingling in my toes. My doc at the time who detoxed me said I was headed for a wheelchair if I hadn’t been properly diagnosed. He can be cured! As for Ann it’s possible she has mercury amalgam and her detox pathways are compromised. A DNA test would help confirm the latter. Best of luck to both of them.

  • May 14, 2022 at 6:17 am

    The whole time I wondered if Ann had been tested for myasthenia gravis. I was shocked it wasn’t seemingly an option at the end!

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