Editor’s note: Tamara Sellman continues her occasional series on the MS alphabet with the second of two columns about terms starting with the letter “L.”
Symptoms of MS
Otherwise known as “barber chair sign,” Lhermitte’s sign describes an intense shock-like pain racing down the back and into the arms and legs when the neck is moved. This painful sensation is the result of impeded or disrupted nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body.
Many people with MS experience Lhermitte’s sign, especially at first diagnosis. It is frequently triggered by stress, overwork, or overheating.
While this MS symptom is incredibly uncomfortable and distracting, it’s not dangerous and may even go away on its own.
Some people with MS who suffer from Lhermitte’s apply a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to the muscular areas along the back of the neck and shoulders for temporary relief, while others seek out massage or yoga to help keep the muscles of the neck loose and to encourage better joint movement.
For severe cases, muscle relaxants or other medications also may be useful.
LDN (Low-Dose Naltrexone)
Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) refers to a low-dose and off-label oral treatment for MS using the drug naltrexone.
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