Little Known Facts about Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is very rarely heard of and not much is known about it.

I read a post today by Lussy who outlined some very interesting facts that I thought I’d share with you all.

I’m currently doing research into TM and what can be done for me and others the same as me.

Have a read and see what myself and other suffers are dealing with every day

1.Four classic features of transverse myelitis emerge: (1) weakness of the legs and arms, (2) pain, (3) sensory alteration, and (4) bowel and bladder dysfunction.

2. Pain is the primary presenting symptom of transverse myelitis in approximately one-third to one-half of all patients. The pain may be localized in the lower back or may consist of sharp, shooting sensations that radiate down the legs or arms or around the torso.

3. Patients who experience sensory disturbances often use terms such as numbness, tingling, coldness, or burning to describe their symptoms.

4. Up to 80 percent of those with transverse myelitis report areas of heightened sensitivity to touch, such that clothing or a light touch with a finger causes significant discomfort or pain (a condition called allodynia).

5.Many also experience heightened sensitivity to changes in temperature or to extreme heat or cold.

6.Bladder and bowel problems may involve increased frequency of the urge to urinate or have bowel movements, incontinence, difficulty voiding, the sensation of incomplete evacuation, and constipation.

7. Body temperature of those with TM is typically lower than a normal person.

8. Most people with TM have poor circulation even if paralysis is limited.

9.It is often difficult to distinguish between a patient with an idiopathic form of transverse myelitis and one who has an underlying condition, therefore the diagnosis is often delayed, sometimes for months or years.

10.Depression is extremely prevalent in patients with TM.

SN Mum

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