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Dr. James Dukelow
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Transverse Myelitis (Overview)

It is an inflammatory condition involving the entire breadth of the spinal cord. It is associated with demyelination and loss of neurological function related to the level of the inflammation.


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What do you recommend for transverse myelitis?

What do you recommend for transverse myelitis?

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

Dr. James Dukelow
27 Doctors shared insights

Transverse Myelitis (Overview)

It is an inflammatory condition involving the entire breadth of the spinal cord. It is associated with demyelination and loss of neurological function related to the level of the inflammation.


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Transverse myelitis diagnosis after rear end car accident?

Transverse myelitis diagnosis after rear end car accident?

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

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What are the tests for transverse myelitis?

What are the tests for transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis: A full neurologic evaluation. Analysis of the spinal (CSF) fluid, EMG testing, imaging studies also. ...Read more

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Is back pain caused by transverse myelitis?

Is back pain caused by transverse myelitis?

Possibly: Transverse myelitis can often present with pain, though there are many more common reasons to have back pain, such as arthritis, fractures, or herniated discs. ...Read more

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What pain medication most effectively treats transverse myelitis? Are neurontin, (gabapentin) morph, perco, dilauded effective in treating transverse myelitis?

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

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In what way is transverse myelitis treated?

In what way is transverse myelitis treated?

Transverse myelitis: Read this:
http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/transversemyelitis/detail_transversemyelitis. Htm.

Get a more detailed answer ›
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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: 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

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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?

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

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Anyone survive with transverse myelitis?

Yes.: Yes absolutely. Transverse myelitis isn't by definition fatal - people with this may die of complications depending on their overall function. ...Read more

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How can I cope with transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis: Read this:

http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/transversemyelitis/detail_transversemyelitis. Htm.

Get a more detailed answer ›
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What can be done for transverse myelitis?

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

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What is prognosis for transverse myelitis?

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

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Can you tell me about transverse myelitis?

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

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In what way is transverse myelitis treated?

Transverse myelitis: Read this:
http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/transversemyelitis/detail_transversemyelitis. Htm.

Get a more detailed answer ›
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What are the tests for transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis: A full neurologic evaluation. Analysis of the spinal (CSF) fluid, EMG testing, imaging studies also. ...Read more

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Applicative transverse myelitis, what to do?

Response: Many causes of transverse myelitis exist, but the biggies include multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica. This term should exclude trauma to spinal cord. If this is your diagnosis, you need experienced neurological evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for transverse myelitis?

What's the prognosis for transverse myelitis?

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

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What do you recommend for transverse myelitis?

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

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Can you tell me how is transverse myelitis treated?

Transverse Myelitis: Intravenous steroids, Pain medications, Antiviral agents, Plasma exchange therapy, Treating other complications such as muscle spasticity, Preventing recurrence of attacks such as with immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis: It is an inflammatory condition involving the entire breadth of the spinal cord. It is associated with demyelination and loss of neurological function related to the level of the inflammation. ...Read more

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Have u ever heard of anyone having a re occurence of transverse myelitis?

Yes!: It is uncommon vascular lesions (such as arteriovenous malformations of spinal cord0 and multiple sclerosis would be the likeliest causes. ...Read more

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Going on 12 years with transverse myelitis full recovery am I going to survive? Death scares me

Going on 12 years with transverse myelitis full recovery am I going to survive? Death scares me

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

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Does mris always show transverse myelitis?

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

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Is back pain caused by transverse myelitis?

Possibly: Transverse myelitis can often present with pain, though there are many more common reasons to have back pain, such as arthritis, fractures, or herniated discs. ...Read more

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Can transverse myelitis cause scabs on head?

Myelitis: Transverse myelitis is an infection of the spinal cord, not related to scabs on the head. ...Read more

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Transverse myelitis diagnosis after rear end car accident?

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

Dr. Samuel Hunter
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Inflammation Of The Spinal Cord (Definition)

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Myelitis (Definition)

Pathology of spinal cord is called myelopathy. Myelitis refers to inflammation of the spinal cord, such as might be seen with multiple ...Read more