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Friday, June 17, 2011

L'hermitte's sign - A symptom of Multiple Sclerosis

L'hermitte's sign or L'hermitte's syndrome is a sudden sensation resembling an electric shock that passes down the back of the neck and into the spinal column and can radiate out to the fingers and toes. It is sometimes referred to as barber's chair syndrome.
L'hermitte's sign is an example of neuropathic (nerve) pain, which is caused by areas of damage that disrupt how the nerves carry messages within the brain and spinal cord. Sometimes the brain interprets the disrupted messages received from the nerves as pain, even though there is no physical cause of pain.
L'hermitte's sign is rarely treated as the pain is so sharp and sudden that it does not usually last long enough for pain treatments to take effect.
The symptom is named after the French neurologist Jean L'hermitte who publish the seminal article on the subject in 1924.


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Multiple sclerosis: Rehabilitation programs

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may have certain physical and cognitivechallenges. Rehabilitation-including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive retraining-may help reduce these disabilities.

Key points

  • Physical therapy may improve your ability to perform daily activities and make you feel better.
  • Occupational therapy may help you perform daily activities more easily-especially those involving your hands and arms, such as grooming, dressing, and eating. Assistive devices may be used to help you perform daily tasks.
  • Speech therapy may improve your communication skills if MS symptoms are making speaking difficult.
  • Cognitive retraining may help improve cognitive impairment caused by MS.



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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation sets research priorities for minimally invasive treatments for MS patients

June 16, 2011
Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation: Careful, well-designed studies needed for evaluating patients with multiple sclerosis who have narrowed neck, chest veins; 'much work needs to be done'


FAIRFAX, Va.—Evaluating patients with multiple sclerosis who have narrowed jugular and azygos veins—and the value of widening those veins with angioplasty—warrants careful, well-designed research, noted members of a Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation's Research Consensus Panel. And, the multidisciplinary panel indicated that while specific parameters for a large-scale, pivotal multicenter trial are not now available, that type of study is the "mandatory goal" in exploring a condition called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (or CCSVI).

"Much work needs to be done to better define, explore and prove the concept of vein obstruction playing a role in causing multiple sclerosis," said Gary P. Siskin, M.D., FSIR, one of the 12 research consensus panel members. The concept that a blockage in the veins that drains blood from the brain and spinal cord and returns it to the heart (CCSVI) might contribute to MS and its symptoms—and that widening those veins with angioplasty to improve blood flow may help lessen the severity of MS-related symptoms—are poorly understood, said Siskin, an interventional radiologist and chair of the radiology department at Albany Medical Center and the co-chair of the SIRF panel. "This is an entirely new approach to the treatment of patients with neurologic conditions, such as MS, and could be transformative for patients," noted Siskin. "Continued investigation is needed in this area. Researchers are clearly very early in their understanding of both the condition and the treatment," he added.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Montel Williams, Seeking Medical Marijuana Legalization

Montel Williams also has multiple Sclerosis. He has been open about this for many years. One of Montel's most known symptoms is Pain. He wants medical marijuana made available for pain sufferer's of various disease.


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