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Alternative Treatments For Transverse Myelitis
Definition of inflammation of the spinal cord could be a very long list of causes. But in short inflammation is some sort of irritation to the cord that can be caused by infection, injection of foreign materials or even bleeding into the area around the cord. It is a very general terminology and in a diagnostic workup would have to be more focused on what might the ...Read more
Where can I get a more holistic approach to severe pain in lower leg and foot? I had an episode of transverse myelitis in late 2005 which affected my lower extremities from waist down. After treatment & rehab, I regained use of my legs but continued to exp
Needless to say, I assume the cause of your transverse myelitis was investigated, and you don't have an underlying infection.
That being said, have you tried acupuncture?
Also, one of the hard lessons we have learned from pain management clinics is that the mistake we continue to make in trying to manage pain is we try one thing, when that doesn't work or isn't enough, we abandon that and try something else. When that isn't enough, we abandon that and then do something else.
What we should be doing is add a different treatment modality to the first, and if that's not enough, add a third, and so on. It turns out that 2+2=5 when it comes to pain management, and it might take a combination of medication, physical therapy, tens treatment, acupuncture and perhaps a trigger point or spinal injection to get you to a point where you can live comfortably.
I hope this advice helps you. Chronic pain is extremely difficult to live with. Good luck. ...Read more
Transverse myelitis: Transverse myelitis is an infection in the spinal cord that can lead to loss of sensation and motor function below the level of the infection. In many cases the infection resolves and the patient recovers most of the function, in severe cases there can be permanent loss of function below the level of the infection. ...Read more
Physical Therapy?: Transverse myelitis is a general term describing a spinal cord lesion causing wekness of the 4 extremities (quadroplegia) or the legs (paraplegia)often associated with sensory loss and bladder disturbances. Physical therapy and rehabilitation, prevention of the development of bedsores and attention to bladder and bowel function should be done. ...Read more
See a neurologist: The best thing to do is to see a neurologist experienced in treating transverse myelitis. Transverse myelitis can be due to unknown cause (idiopathic) or associated with other diseases such as viral infections, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis or sarcoidosis. Treating the underlying causes can help. Certain types may respond to steroids or intravenous gamma globulin. Physical therapy helps. ...Read more
Usually yes: Although very small lesions may on occasion be missed, an area of transverse myelitis is usually very easy to identify. Might be tough to see in the first few hours of development, but the area of inflammation becomes very definite as the process proceeds. Spinal fluid analysis helps in explaining causation. ...Read more
Trauma can cause TM: Tm can be seen after a traumatic event such as from a rear end car accident. Depends on symptoms, may require medical treatment and sub-specialty referral. Traumatic tm has a better prognosis than non-traumatic types. ...Read more
What pain medication most effectively treats transverse myelitis? Are neurontin, (gabapentin) morph, perco, dilauded effective in treating transverse myelitis?
Lyrica (pregabalin): The drug Lyrica (pregabalin) was recently approve to treat the pain of spinal cord trauma, and likely would help in transverse myelitis also. One approach, using an analgesic, might be a Butrans patch, or tramadol er, so discuss with your doctor and see what might be of value. Also, is the transverse myelitis a problem secondary to an underlying disease or just an isolated event? ...Read more
Transverse myelitis: Prognosis is poor if the following happen, rapid onset, severe pain, incontinence, CSF markers, cervical levels, duration greater than 3 mo, severe weakness.! /3 will get better, 1/3 will get worse, 1/3 will be left with some neurologic deficit. A complete assessment is needed with testing, . ...Read more
Variable: Depends on the cause. Ms-related tm can resolve completely symptomatically (although some neuronal damage persists). Things like devic's disease, spinal vein obstruction, guillain barre are more "iffy". A diagnosis of cause gives your neurologist a much better opportunity to provide you with a prognosis. ...Read more
Transverse myelitis: It bodes very well that you have been in full recovery for 12 years. Many episodes of tm are isolated, as does seem to be the case for you. Understandably scary, but continue to be proactive. A low immunological diet might also be something to think about if you are not already doing that. Good luck. ...Read more
Dr Weisman, have you ever treated a patient that had been injured by a vaccine, resulting in transverse myelitis? This is my personal situation.
Depends: Try searching for a doctor who practices Integrative Medicine or Regenerative medicine, of Functional medicine. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of transverse myelitis? I've had s negative brain MRI and cervical/spinal ct.
I have transverse myelitis, I have been doing physio for 14 months, but when I walk my right knee just collapses forward as soon as I weight-bare why?
UMN weakness: Upper motor neuron weakness from inflammation injury of the spine (transverse myelitis) typically causes spastic weakness: even though the muscles are tight and may at times cramp or spasm, they are still weak b/c the brain lost control over voluntary movement of affected muscles. Ask about adding neuromuscular electrical stimulator (nmes) to rehab routine. Good luck! ...Read more
A few ago I was struck with transverse myelitis from T2 down. As a result, my bladder is still partially paralyzed. I have to pee 5/6 x a night. Help?
If you're having: Trouble emptying your bladder, you might have what we call partial "urinary retention." A "voiding cystourethrogram" might determine if you do so that an appropriate treatment plan can be made. If you're not emptying your bladder completely before bed, it might take only a small volume of added urine to make you need to pee again. Please contact your physician. Dr. Anne. ...Read more
I had transverse myelitis 6 years ago I still have problems with my hands one foot and balance. My neck has a dull pain will this ever go away?
Try therapy: After 6 years, the likelihood of it going away by itself is pretty low. However, pt/rehab may still be able to help. ...Read more
2 years ago I was diagnosis with transverse myelitis. Again I had another lesion on my spine close to the first one past and present brain MRI was clear should I be doing a spinal tap. Could it still be ms?
This needs diagnosis: Need to tie this down. First, get aquaporin-4 study for neuromyelitis optica, and also visual evoked potential which is twice as accurate as mri. Yes, it could very well be ms, and you should get spinal fluid and check oligoclonal bands, but send fluid to mayo clinic, not locally. Lastly, get a second opinion asap. Ms drugs will make worse if nmo. Other problems should be excluded. ...Read more
Transverse myelitis 20 yrs. Fluid in right knee on monday. Was with a physio on tues. Period week early tues night. Clotty. Persistent lower. Leg pain?
See doctor: Prob. Not a big deal but make sure if symptoms persist it is not a dvt. ...Read more
My cousin is 22 yrs told and diagnised Swelling in the Spine, after CT scan doctor says it is transverse myelitis, due to viral infection? And how do we treat it? What options do we have? How serious is it. Please help
Transverse myelitis: I am not sure if her doc diagnosed transverse myelitis based on CT or MRI, but in any case, it is basically an inflammation of spinal cord. Treatment is high dose steroids and plasmapheresis. Causes includes prior viral infection, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitic optica, autoimmune disorder etc. Pt will need lumbar tap for evaluation of cause. ...Read more
I've had transverse myelitis for 3 years pos ANA 3 years ago now new labs ANA ifa 160 evelevated CRP anti DNA neg red painful swollen joints in hands and feet
I'm sorry you don't feel well.
As you probably know, antinuclear antibodies (ANA) are produced in a number of autoimmune diseases, including lupus (about 85% of cases), scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. Anti-dsdna is a test that is specific for lupus. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a nonspecific indicator of inflammation and can be elevated in a variety of situations.
Transverse myelitis can occur in a number of autoimmune disorders, including lupus, sarcoidosis, and sjogren's syndrome.
Your clinical picture is highly suggestive of an autoimmune disease, and you should be seeing a rheumatologist if you're not already doing so. Your condition requires a specific diagnosis so the appropriate treatment can be instituted.
I hope things go well for you. ...Read more
Hi docs a friend of mine as myelitis and she's paralyze from the waist down she's getting treatment little advances. Is there any natural way to help?
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