I am submitting this inquiry on behalf of a friend. He has experienced
numbness (partial to complete loss of sensation) throughout parts of his
body in the following progression over the past 8 months:
1) Initially, the left arm (from shoulder to fingers)
2) Then, it encompassed the entire left side of his body from shoulder
to toes (excluding neck and face). This division between left and right
side was completely pronounced.
3) Recently, he has recovered some sensation from his left leg, but now
experiences numbness on the right leg. So, currently his numbness is
primarily left arm and right leg.
He has undergone the following tests:
1) MRI scan
2) CAT scan
3) Test for MS
4) Spinal tap
The results of these tests have indicated an inflamation of the spinal
cord (I belive the C3/C4 area). The test for MS was negative and the
other tests showed no positive sign of lesions near or within the brain.
The only other "occurance" which preceeded this condition was a minor
automobile accident in which his back was injured.
Are there any known afflictions which conform to this pattern of symptoms?
Are there any known cases of spinal cord inflamation which could result
either directly or indirectly from physical injury to the spine?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
The first thing which would come to mind in this case would be MS, the
finding of this patch of inflammation in his cervical cord would certainly
explain some of the symptoms and is totally compatible with a diagnosis of
I presume that by saying the tests for MS were negative you were referring
to the tests on spinal fluid or evaked potential tests, unfortunately
negative results in these tests do not necessarily outrule the dignosis so
it must still remain a possibility.
Since inflammation was discovered this cannot be due to trauma from the
accident alone, there are situations in which a reaction to a viral
infection can trigger a transient episode of inflammation of the spinal cord.
This condition is known as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis ADEM, but
the recurrent nature of the symptoms is more in keeping with MS than a
once-off type of reaction.
If his symptoms do not subside I would suggest repeat testing in a few
months time as tests which have earlier been negative may subsequently
yield diagnostic results.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.