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    New to TM

    My husband has a possible diagnosis of TM and we are learning all we can about it. I am looking for advice as to next step, and any crystal ball predictions or more educated views would be much appreciated.

    Steve began to experience symptoms sometime in the spring of 2005. I am not sure of exactly when it started but he was concerned about numbness and tingling in his legs. In May, we renovated a bath in our house. We live in Georgia and the weather was hot. During the work, Steve became very sick. He was sweating profusely, complaining of severe back pain and his skin was very grey. I finished the work and he rested. Shortly after this, he went to his internist to review the numbness and tingling in his legs. He has a family history of diabetes so we expected that diagnosis. In June, his blood work indicated he was pre-diabetic and he was prescribed oral meds. His blood sugar has been under control since the diagnosis but the numbness a tingling stayed.

    In September he went to a neurologist who scheduled a MRI of the spine. The results were a slipped disc, high in the neck, and an inflamed lesion in the lower spine. I do not know the exact location of either of these injuries. The Doctor predicted MS and was very forceful in his reasoning. A brain MRI, spinal tap and evoked potential test soon followed. All three were “clean” and did not indicate MS.

    At this point Steve has not received any treatment as the neuro is taking a wait and see approach. I think the neuro is still holding out for ms. I understand that steroid treatments are most effective when started close to the initial event and that the diabetes could soar out of control with IV steroids.

    As for symptoms, Steve has the aforementioned numbness and tingling, cold feet, bladder urgency, fatigue, insomnia and banding around the waist. He can clearly remember the numbness, etc, traveling up his leg crossing his trunk and traveling down the other leg. He has no problems above the the banding location. He continues to walk and exercise but he has reduced the length of his walks. He rides and exercise bike for 40 minutes each day, walks at least ½ hour and work 10 hours a day. He is making an effort to relax on the weekends although he is a natural putter type and has difficulty sitting still.

    He has experienced these symptoms for at least 6 months which our research indicates that the numbness, etc, will not improve. Will it get worse? Is there progressive TM? Is there TM mild? Any thoughts on future treatment? Should we seek a second opinion?

    Sorry for the length and I hope I have posted on the right board.

    Deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    arteriovenous malformations (AVM).
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    Hi deb i have transverse mylitis for almost 4 yrs now. If you have any questions that i could answer for you just send me a e-mail. When i first was diagonised with TM they were not sure what i had they thought it was MS. Everyone had different versions of TM. MY leison was from c-5 to t-2. I went to a specialist DR KERR in john hopkins hospital in baltimore maryland. But he did not tell me anything different then my nero DR here in P.A. did. anty
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    Deb, I am sorry I totally missed your post. I don't know if it was a computer glitch or a brain fart on my part.

    If the brain MRI showed no signs of plague the only MS indicator, specifically, I read in your write up is the problem with heat stress. The lower lesion, the banding and the bladder dysfunction all point more towards TM while the other symptoms could be several things.

    I would suggest a second opinion as i have heard of people who seemed to feel badly for quite awhile before being "hit" and down from TM. MS can also be a real bear to diagnose correctly for many. I would think that The Shepherd Center in Atlanta could refer you to a neurologist with good experience with both or you can contact the Transverse Myelopathy Center at Johns Hopkins for an appointment. That does require traveling to Baltimore and they will want originals of all films and records (make copies before giving anyone originals [things I have learned]). You can find the Hopkins information in the stickies at the top of the forum or email dkerr@jhmi.edu and put "Appointment Request" in the subject.

    If it is TM and steroids may be a problem there is a form of blood filtering being used now in some cases that may avoid the diabetes complication problems.

    How is he doing now? Oh, did he have any kind of flu, viral infection or other illness or any vaccines in the spring?
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    Ischemia

    I have been a CCer for severaal years and have felt a little out of the loop, or mainstream SCI. I had a motorcycle crash in Nov. 2001 in which I was trown violently onto an embankment. This resulted in bruised lungs, fractured sternum, compressed T-4 and T-12, plus a torn aorta. The surgery to repair my aorta required clamping off my blood supply, too long. I am a para from about the t-6 with topical sensation, two thigh aductors that can twitch and a whole batch of neropathic pain. I assume a cure is out of the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck
    I have been a CCer for severaal years and have felt a little out of the loop, or mainstream SCI. I had a motorcycle crash in Nov. 2001 in which I was trown violently onto an embankment. This resulted in bruised lungs, fractured sternum, compressed T-4 and T-12, plus a torn aorta. The surgery to repair my aorta required clamping off my blood supply, too long. I am a para from about the t-6 with topical sensation, two thigh aductors that can twitch and a whole batch of neropathic pain. I assume a cure is out of the question?

    Holly Busch
    Hi Holly,

    In don't see why you would be any different from the rest of us. This is why combination therapies are being worked on. If I read you correctly you're a para from the T6 level down due to the compressed T4 and T12? What level was your aorta clamped at? I mean if you still have sensation and even voluntary twitch ability below your injury than you are in the same boat as many traumatic injuries. Torn or ripped aortas occur frequently in MVAs and cause ishmechic injuries. It is those with flaccid paralysis that will, in my opinion, be the most difficult to fix.

    Anything helping with the neuropathoc pain?
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    Hi,
    My injury was from an Epidural Abscess caused by a Staph infection that compressed my cord from C-4 through C-7. The weird thing is that I had this massive infection and no fever. My first symptoms where pain in my left arm which I attributed to a pulled muscle. I went to three different doctors over the course of a week with the pain getting worse. They didn't find the abscess until it completely compressed my cord and left me paralysed from the neck down. They did a laminectomy to remove the abscess, 3 months on massive antibiotics and then onto therapy. That was 7 years ago.

    Joe
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    Is Transverse Myelitis more common in women than men? I was just curious because the majority of people I have met or heard of with TM have been women age 40/50 or young girls. Are there statistics on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbar
    Is Transverse Myelitis more common in women than men? I was just curious because the majority of people I have met or heard of with TM have been women age 40/50 or young girls. Are there statistics on this?
    http://www.myelitis.org/newsletters/...tter5-1-06.htm

    The first line or two of the above article tends to suggest the statistics are otherwise as does a paper I remember on an older study in Israel. Both genders tend to get hit equally and the same two age groups of 10-19 and 30-39 or so. Those that develop MS may have more women overall as women tend to suffer more autoimmune diseases.
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    Thank you for the link. It must be just coincidence that the only cases I have encountered are women. Amazingly, even though it is said to be rare (1-4 cases in a million), there were 3 cases (2 women and 1 young girl) in rehab in Ireland when I was there. One woman got no return at all (T4) and the other two got some return.

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