Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

L'Hermittes Sign

L'Hermittes sign is the name given to an electric shock-like sensation which often presents itself with multiple sclerosis; although Lhermitte's sign is not exclusive to ms and may be the result of some other conditions such as electrolyte imbalance, cervical cord tumour, cervical spondylosis, or even vitamin B12 deficiency.

Typically, the electric shock-like sensation radiates from the neck downwards and lasts for a very short duration; usually less than a second. The sensations can repeat indefinitely so that it might feel almost continuous.

The areas affected by Lhermitte's sign are usually the arms and / or the legs, although the sensations can radiate to the trunk.

Lhermitte's sign gets its name from the person who first characterized it, Jacques Jean Lhermitte, and is sometimes (rarely) known as 'barbers chair phenomenon'.

This is because of the way that Lhermitte's response is triggered; by flexing the neck forwards. When the head moves in this way, the electric shock like sensations are triggered.

 

Early Symptoms

| Early Symptoms of MS |

Arms and Legs

| Foot Drop | Paralysis | Spasticity | Tremor |

Head and Neck

| Adjustment Disorder | Balance | Brain Fog | Cognitive Problems | Concentration | Depression | Dizziness | Emotions | Euphoria | Language | L'Hermittes Sign | Memory Problems | Mental Problems | Optic Neuritis | Paranoia | Psychosis | Speech Problems | Vertigo | Vision Problems |

Body and Body as a whole

| Bladder | Bowel | Fatigue | Numbness | Pain | Sexual Dysfunction | Uhthoff's Phenomenon |

 

Multiple Sclerosis

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