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The neurologist asks me to bend my head forward and immediately I feel a shock of sensation travel down my arms into my fingers. It’s kind of a vibration, buzzing, or tingling more than a shooting pain. I have just shown a positive L’Hermitte's sign .
The extra buzzing I felt is called a dysesthesia since the unusual sensation was provoked by bending my head forward, in contrast to a paresthesia which describes spontaneous tingling, buzzing, partial numbness, sharp pains, or electrical shocks. I get those too.
Not everybody experiences the L’Hermitte's symptom in the same way. For some patients, it is described as an intense electric shock which feels like you’ve just shoved a finger or toe into an electrical outlet. For some, it may just be a very subtle tingling in the fingers, legs, or toes. Or for others, the wave of sensation can also travel down the truck or upwards to the head.
I have been asked, &l...
Consider the following hypothetical situations: 1. You’re at a family gathering and talking to Cousin MD.
“Cousin MD, I’ve got a question. Whenever I try to make a prayer sign behind my back, my left shoulder hurts. What should I do?” Cousin MD: “Cousin, I suggest you don’t do that.”
2. You’re at home (age 12 or so) and talking to your Mom.
“Hey Mom, I’ve got a question. Whenever I touch the hot stove, it hurts my fingers. What should I do?” Mom: “DON’T DO THAT!! You’ll burn yourself.”
3. You’re meeting a friend for lunch at a local restaurant.
Friend: “Goodness! How did you do that to your hand?” “Do what?” (looking at your left hand) Friend: “I mean THAT, look at the side of your right hand.” “Oh, I didn’t know that was there. I don’t know. Maybe I burned my hand on the iron w...
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