Transverse Myelitis

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What is Transverse Myelitis?

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across both sides of one level, or segment, of the spinal cord. Myelitis refers to inflammation of the spinal cord; transverse simply describes the position of the inflammation, that is, across the width of the spinal cord.

What is it like to have Transverse Myelitis?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Transverse Myelitis and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from Transverse Myelitis patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Transverse Myelitis on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 13
30s 24
40s 33
50s 44
60s 25
70+ 5


Distribution of females vs. males

74% Females
26% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 7
20-29 years 17
30-39 years 19
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 96
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from Transverse Myelitis patients who have completed their condition history
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