Around the time when my foot and hand went numb, I remember this unusual shocking feeling that ran down my body. It wasn’t as much painful as a vibration, buzzing, or tingling sensation.
Almost impossible to explain, I was thrilled when I discovered it has a name and is called L’Hermitte’s Sign.
According to Healthline, “In MS, the occurrence of the shock-like sensation can be an indicator of cervical lesions or spinal cord damage in the cervical or thoracic areas.”
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation explains:
“At some point, about 38% of individuals with MS will experience Lhermitte’s sign, sometimes as a presenting symptom. Lhermitte’s sign was named after Jacques Jean Lhermitte, the renowned French neurologist and neuropsychiatrist who first characterized it.
Lhermitte’s sign is not specific to MS. It is a symptom that can occur with any abnormality of the cervical spinal cord, usually involving active inflammation or impingement on a disc. It can occur with vitamin B12 deficiency, cervical spondylosis, and other conditions. An MRI may be required to rule out other possible causes. In MS, Lhermitte’s sign is a classic form of neuropathic pain.”
I was worried when I first felt this unusual symptom, but relieved when I learned more about Lhermitte’s sign.
Have you ever experienced this tingling when you move your head? Have you learned anyways to manage this uncomfortable feeling?