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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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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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Zoster Virus (Shingles), MS Possibly Linked


Published: June 10, 2011
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

Action Points  
  • Note that there is some evidence that viruses may trigger autoimmune neurological processes that lead to MS in genetically susceptible individuals.
  • Point out that this study shows that in a Taiwanese population, herpes zoster infection is a significant risk factor for a subsequent diagnosis of MS within the following year.
Adults with a history of chicken pox or shingles infections had a fourfold increased risk for developing multiple sclerosis, researchers said.
In a population-wide epidemiological study conducted in Taiwan, the hazard ratio for MS diagnosis within a year of such infections, relative to those without such a history, was 3.96 (95% CI 2.22 to 7.07), reported Herng-Ching Lin, PhD, of Taipei Medical University.

Moreover, the mean time between the acute infection and MS diagnosis was just 104 days.

"Our findings suggest that the occurrence of MS could be associated with herpes zoster attack," Lin and colleagues wrote online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

It's the first large-scale study to support previous suggestions that MS may be triggered or exacerbated by herpes zoster (also known as varicella zoster) virus, the agent responsible for chicken pox and shingles.

The virus infects the central nervous system. Typically, after the initial chicken pox attack, the virus becomes latent in the dorsal root ganglion. Years later, what Lin and colleagues called "immunological derangement" or other triggers can reactivate the virus to cause skin eruptions with severe pain.

Herpes zoster has long been suspected of playing some type of causative role in MS -- for example, demyelination has occasionally been seen in conjunction with severe herpes zoster attacks -- but the rarity of MS in the population has made epidemiological studies difficult.

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