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what can I do to help prevent multiple sclerosis. I han L'hermettes sign

By Anonymous November 21, 2011 - 1:21pm
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Bein told today about the possibility of MS. This is the first time I experienced it.
My neurologist says I should wait it out, been 4 weeks an lumber puncture is not an urgency

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Hi Anonymous

Thank you for your question and welcome!

Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid Multiple Sclerosis, the cause is not known. L' hermittes sign is indeed often seen as a result of having M.S. but having L'hermittes sign does not guarantee that M.S. is in your future.L'hermittes is an electric shock that bolts down a person's back, legs or arms.

Signs and Diagnosis of M.S. :


Symptoms may range from mild to severe and may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the face or limbs
  • Impaired vision in one or both eyes, including:
    • Blurred vision
    • Double vision
    • Loss of vision
  • Eye pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Incoordination or falling
  • Trouble walking or maintaining balance
  • Weakness in one or more limbs
  • Bladder problems including:
  • Bowel problems, including constipation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Forgetfulness, memory loss, and confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating or solving problems
  • Depression

Factors that may trigger or worsen symptoms include:

  • Heat including:
    • Hot weather
    • Hot baths or showers
    • Fever
  • Overexertion
  • Infection


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.

Tests may include:

  • MRI scan—a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the brain and spinal chord
  • Evoked potentials—a test that records the electrical responses evoked after a sensory stimulus
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)—removal of a small amount of fluid from around the spinal cord to check for white blood cells, antibodies, and proteins

For more, click here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/multiple-sclerosis

Do you have any of these other symptoms? What does he mean by "wait it out", do you know? Is he waiting to see if the l'hermittes sign stops? How long has that been going on?


November 21, 2011 - 1:46pm
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