The Extremely Rare Condition That Left This Woman Paralyzed In A Matter Of Hours

December 6, 2016
By Lindsey Lanquist

Her harrowing experience was linked to a rare condition called transverse myelitis...

In some instances, transverse myelitis will lead to another autoimmune disease, like multiple sclerosis or lupus, according to Balabanov. While patients are being treated, they need to be tested for other possible chronic diseases, he says. The patients should also be monitored for new symptoms every 3 to 6 months. "Most patients recover completely," Rabinovici says. This recovery process could last anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the transverse myelitis. "Unfortunately, not everyone has a complete resolution—it's variable," Claire Riley, M.D., neurologist at Columbia University, tells SELF. The possibility of a full recovery is more likely with a swift diagnosis and regular treatment, Balabanov says... [read more]