Preparing for your appointment

Signs and symptoms that might indicate transverse myelitis are usually severe and sudden. You'll likely need emergency or urgent care.

Questions that the attending doctor is likely to ask include the following:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • How quickly have your symptoms developed?
  • Do you have pain, tingling or other unusual sensations?
  • How would you rate the pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most painful?
  • Have you experienced weakness or lack of coordination?
  • Have you had problems with bowel or bladder control?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing?
  • Have you been diagnosed with other medical conditions?
  • Have you recently had any infections?
  • Have you recently had any vaccinations?
  • Have you traveled abroad lately? Where?
  • Have you had any medical procedures recently?
  • What prescription or over-the-counter medications do you take regularly? What is the dosage of each?
Nov. 12, 2016
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