Ever find yourself wondering what the heck is this happening to me? Like most of us with some ailment this is more often than not. With Multiple Sclerosis it seems like it it is everytime I turn my head, or in this case it is literally everytime I bend my head.
Over the last three months it has become more and more frequent. I will be going along minding my own business turn my head looking down and zap! A shocking jolt of electrified pain flies down my left side and down the outside of my left leg. It lasts a mere moment but definitely doesn’t feel good. In fact it hurts like touching live electrical wire, it’s best not to ask how I have the unfortunate first hand knowledge of how that feels.
Google as we all know is a very dangerous thing to use for self diagnosis. Search some symptoms and next thing you know you have some rare and incurable brain cancer. Knowing this I of course Googled.
*Herniated disc? Possible, back in 2000 I was hit by a 3 ton truck while driving Ford Festiva, maybe it is a latent (16 yrs latent) injury.
Nah, not likely.
*Ankylosing Spondylitis a type of arthritis that strikes the spine? Well arthritis does runs in the family, but not this variety.
*Lhermitte’s Sign, an electrical sensation that runs down the back and into the limbs. A symptom of other syndromes but commonly associated with M.S.
Ok, this one makes sense.
What causes Lhermitte’s sign?
In multiple sclerosis, Lhermitte’s sign is caused by damaged nerves responding to the movement of the neck. The movement causes inappropriate communication between the nerves because they are no longer fully protected by their myelin sheath. Sometimes the brain interprets the messages as pain even though there is no physical cause for the pain.
Evidently there is no way to get rid of it and it is not detrimental but it is literally a pain in the neck…er…back…er…leg. Well one more thing to try to get used to.