Temporary paralysis

Patient: I walked into my roommate experiencing temporary paralysis he was aware of what was going ona nd could answere my questions by moving his eyes i eventually had to get him up and help him walk around but before then he could not even move his head he said he was aware of everything just could not move and i would like to have an idea of what it is…..he wont go to a doctor because he does not want to lose his job if its something major