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MYELITIS & HERBS.

MRI scan of Myelitis

Swelling of spinal cord at arrows Myelitis

DESCRIPTION

Inflammation of the spinal cord; most commonly due to viral infection such as mononucleosis, mumps, or herpes zoster, but may also be caused by autoimmune attack triggered by these viral infections. Viral infections as measles, herpes (will cause symptoms of severe pain in the abdomen or chest, loss of motor, sensory, and bladder functions below the level of the attack, and fever. The condition is sometimes seen in people with a history of multiple sclerosis or syphilis.

There is a sudden onset of weakness in the legs or paralysis.

DESCRIPTION

Inflammation of the spinal cord; most commonly due to viral infection such as mononucleosis, mumps, or herpes zoster, but may also be caused by autoimmune attack triggered by these viral infections. Viral infections as measles, herpes (will cause symptoms of severe pain in the abdomen or chest, loss of motor, sensory, and bladder functions below the level of the attack, and fever. The condition is sometimes seen in people with a history of multiple sclerosis or syphilis.There is a sudden onset of weakness in the legs or paralysis. Main types of myelitis:

  • Transverse Myelitis (TM) happens when swelling causes the obstruction of blood vessels and loss of the fatty tissue around the nerves.
  • Ascending Myelitis (AM) is marked by progressive paralysis with gradual loss of feeling.
  • Disseminated Myelitis (DM) results from more than one spinal cord injury.
     
 

The most common type of lesion is an acute transverse myelitis which affects a complete cross section of the spinal cord with resultant paralysis below that level. Recovery is usually spontaneous but in a number of cases there may be residual disability.

Transverse myelitis (TM) has many different causes, often triggered by a variety of viral and bacterial infections (especially those associated with a rash such as measles or chickenpox). Once the infection subsides, the inflammation in the cord begins. About a third of patients experience a flu-like illness with fever about the time they develop symptoms of TM. Sometimes, there appears to be a direct invasion of, and injury to, the spinal cord by an infectious agent (such as herpes zoster or the AIDS virus).

TM can also accompany a variety of diseases that break down tissue that surrounds and insulates the nerves (demyelinating diseases), such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Some toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide, lead, or arsenic, can cause a type of myelitis characterized by inflammation followed by hemorrhage or bleeding that destroys the entire circumference of the spinal cord. Other types of myelitis can be caused by poliovirus; herpes zoster; rabies, smallpox or polio vaccination; or parasitic and fungal infections.

Many experts believe that TM can occur without any apparent cause, probably as the result of an autoimmune process. This means that a person's immune system attacks the spinal cord, causing inflammation and tissue damage.

Regardless of the cause of the myelitis, onset of symptoms is sudden and rapid. Problems with movement and sensation appear within one or two days after inflammation begins. Symptoms include soft (flaccid) paralysis of the legs, with pain in the lower legs or back, followed by loss of feeling and sphincter (muscles which close an opening, as in the anus) control. The earliest symptom may be a girdle-like sensation around the trunk.

The extent of damage occuring will depend on how much of the spinal cord is affected, but TM rarely involves the arms. Severe spinal cord damage also can lead to shock.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms may include pain, loss of coordination, followed by gradual paralysis (from the site of the myelitis down the spinal cord), and other physical complaints like bowel and bladder malfunctions. Symptoms may appear gradually or there may be no symptoms at all.

Initial symptoms of transverse myelitis usually include localized lower back pain, sudden paresthesias (abnormal sensations such as burning, tickling, pricking, or tingling) in the legs, sensory loss, and paraparesis (partial paralysis of the legs). Paraparesis often progresses to paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower part of the trunk). Urinary bladder and bowel dysfunction is common. Many patients also report experiencing muscle spasms, a general feeling of discomfort, headache, fever, and loss of appetite. Depending on which segment of the spinal cord is involved, some patients may experience respiratory problems as well.

Diet treatment & Herbs in Transverse Myelitis

Omega three fatty acids help reduce inflammation from any cause and very effective in dose of 5-7 grams daily in acute attacks.

Turmeric is very effective in the treatment of spinal cord inflammation use 1-2 grams daily in milk.

In allopathic medications steroids and IVIg are both effective and there is a huge role of antibiotics and antiviral.

If the organism is unknown then use a Tens unit, hulda clark zapper or silver colloid.

Hydrogen peroxide is a alternative experimentally used in the treatment.

Finally is old cases of untreated transverse myelitis please consider stem cell transplant.

At cidpusa.org we have had great success with doxycycline in the treatment of transverse myelitis.

A patient was treated with ganciclovir and cytomegalovirus (CMV) hyperimmune globulin. He gradually improved and recovered completely within 4 weeks. This case suggests that ganciclovir and CMV hyperimmune globulin appear to be effective for the treatment of EBV-induced transverse myelitis in immunocompromised patients following BMT.(Bone Marrow Transplant).

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