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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is transverse myelitis?

Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of both sides of one section of the spinal cord. There is often damage to the covering nerve cell fibers (myelin), as a result there interruption of the messages from the spinal cord nerves to the rest of the body. Causes include infections and immune system disorders that attack the body's tissues.

Symptoms of transverse myelitis

  • Low back pain

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Numbness of the thigh

  • Decreased sensation over skin

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Unable to move both legs

  • Reduced sensitivity to feeling pain

  • Weakness in arms or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for transverse myelitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose transverse myelitis

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Do you have numbness in the thigh/s?

  • Do you feel the sensation on your skin has changed?

  • Did you experience any common cold or stomach flu symptoms before your current fever appeared?

Treatment for transverse myelitis

There is no effective cure for transverse myelitis, however many people recover from it. Treatments include medication to suppress inflammation, relieve pain, and rehabilitation. Those with severe symptoms may need to be hospitalized.

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