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What are the symptoms of transverse myelitis in the legs?

What are the symptoms of transverse myelitis in the legs?

Initial symptoms usually include lower back pain or sharp, shooting sensations that radiate down the legs or arms or around the torso. Sensory alterations . Transverse myelitis can cause paresthesias (abnormal sensations such as burning, tickling, pricking, numbness, coldness, or tingling) in the legs, and sensory loss.

Is there a cure or treatment for transverse myelitis?

There is no cure for transverse myelitis, but there are treatments to prevent or minimize permanent neurological deficits. What causes transverse myelitis? The exact cause of transverse myelitis and extensive damage to the bundles

How old do you have to be to have transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis can affect people of any age, gender, or race. It does not appear to be genetic or run in families. The disorder typically occurs between ages 10 and 19 years and 30 and 39 years. Although some people recover from transverse myelitis with minor or no residual problems, the healing process may take months to years.

When to start plasma exchange for transverse myelitis?

Plasma Exchange (PLEX): Patients particularly benefit from early treatment, and will typically be started on PLEX within days of starting steroids. Particular benefit has been shown if started within the acute or subacute stage of the myelitis or in those patients who exhibit active inflammation on MRI.

Initial symptoms usually include lower back pain or sharp, shooting sensations that radiate down the legs or arms or around the torso. Sensory alterations . Transverse myelitis can cause paresthesias (abnormal sensations such as burning, tickling, pricking, numbness, coldness, or tingling) in the legs, and sensory loss.

When to go to the ER for transverse myelitis?

Call your doctor or get emergency medical care if you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of transverse myelitis. A number of neurological disorders can cause sensory problems, weakness, and bladder or bowel dysfunction including compression of the spinal cord, which is a surgical emergency.

How to manage bowel and bladder complications from transverse myelitis?

Managing bowel and bladder complications from transverse myelitis: Constipation is the most common bowel elimination issue. A high fiber diet, adequate and timely fluid intake, medications to regulate bowel evacuations, and regular exercise are all important contributors in helping with gastrointestinal motility.

Can a viral infection cause transverse myelitis ( MS )?

Infections: Viral Infections like varicella zoster, which causes chickenpox and shingles; enterovirus; and West Nile virus Multiple sclerosis (MS): Transverse myelitis can be the first sign of MS, which destroys myelin in your brain and spinal cord. It can also signal a relapse. If it’s early MS, you’ll probably have symptoms on one side…