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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spinal and/or Brain Lesions???:

  You talk with other MSers and some seem to have lesions only on Brain MRI's. I on the other hand have lesions in both my brain and spinal cord. As a matter of fact demyelination was discovered first in my spine and four months later in my brain. The following is some information that may be helpful to others with the same. I suffer with most of the following symptoms.

Motor weakness commonly occurs in people with spinal cord lesions in MS, causing weakness bilaterally, which mostly affects the legs, according to the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. Deep tendon reflexes are increased, causing spasticity, a painful increase in muscle tone. Hemiplegia, paralysis on one side of the body, can occur from lesions in the cervical spinal cord. Paraplegia, paralysis below the waist, or quadriplegia, loss of sensation and paralysis below the neck, may also affect people with spinal cord lesions. A person with spinal cord lesions may have difficulty maintaining balance, or may have a stiff-legged gait. Ataxia, or the inability to walk a straight line, may also occur.


Parathesias, or numbness and tingling sensations, may occur in people with spinal cord lesions in MS, and may be localized to just one area, such as the hands or legs. Sensation may be lost over the shoulder and upper arms in a cape-like pattern. A loss of sensation in a band-shaped pattern around the middle of the abdomen may cause paraplegia. Burning or shock-like sensations may occur spontaneously or if the spinal cord is touched. Flexing the neck may elicit "Lhermitte's Sign", an electric shock down the spine or into the legs.

Genito-Urinary Symptoms:

Spinal cord lesions in MS can cause a number of genito-urinary difficulties, including impotence, fertility issues, or a loss of sensation in the genitals or problems with vaginal lubrication in women. Urinary retention, urgency, hesitation or incontinence may affect some.

Bowel Symptoms:

Constipation commonly affects people with spinal cord lesions in MS, but complete loss of bowel control occurs only rarely.

Some refer to lesions on the spine as 
Lateral Sclerosis a seperate disease and 
lesions on the brain as Multiple Sclerosis

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