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.
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As many as 30 percent of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis. How do you know, though, if the aches and pains you're experiencing are of the normal, everyday variety or are something more serious?
I've wondered this myself, knowing psoriatic arthritis is a possibility for me. One great resource I've found is The Joint Smart Coalition, which launched earlier this year by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In collaboration with pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Pfizer, the Coalition aims to provide empowering and educational resources for people with psoriatic arthritis and other related inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis.
A key component of the effort is BeJointSmart.org , a website that provides resources and information for people to learn more about these diseases. The central message of the site is that people who have certain chronic inflammatory diseases should c...
Alternative Names Joint inflammation Symptoms Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Symptoms can include: Joint pain Joint swelling Reduced ability to move the joint Redness of the skin around a joint Stiffness, especially in the morning Warmth around a joint Signs and tests The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. The physical exam may show: Fluid around a joint Warm, red, tender joints Difficulty moving a joint (called "limited range of motion") Some types of arthritis may cause joint deformity. This may be a sign of severe, untreated rheumatoid arthritis. Blood tests and joint x-rays are often done to check for infection and other causes of arthritis. Your doctor may also remove a sample of joint fluid with a needle and send it to a lab for examination.
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