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Alternative Treatments For Transverse Myelitis
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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
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