“When inflammation damages the spinal cord there’s a disruption to the transmission of those nerve impulses,” says Mealy, who was the program manager at Johns Hopkins’s Transverse Myelitis Center. “So when patients experience pain, it actually means that the signaling is now getting across.”
Positive symptoms include: Constant stabbing pain, feeling like you’re on fire when something touches you, or constant tingling. Of course, this doesn’t feel positive at all—and pain is the number one complaint. A combination of medications, like anti-depressants, along with yoga, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation can ease these symptoms.