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
(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
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
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
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 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
Diet treatment & Herbs in
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
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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