An uncomfortable and often painful “electric shock” sensation that travels through your spine and out into your peripheral limbs, and is exacerbated by valsalva maneuvers (coughing, sneezing, etc). This phenomenon is commonly seen as a result of cervical spinal cord injury (and in this case should be taken very seriously), but also can be a result of certain autoimmune conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Bechet’s disease) or a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Dysautonomia is an encompassing term used to describe any dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), both Sympathetic and Parasympathetic divisions. The ANS is the part of the nervous system that regulates everything that happens in the body automatically, without cognitive thought, such as: respiration, swallowing, heart rate/blood pressure, dilation/constriction of pupils, organ function (including the stomach and intestines that work together for digestion), metabolism, temperature control (ability to sweat/shiver), the creation of bodily fluids (sweat, saliva and tears), the creation/release of chemicals and chemical reactions, sexual responses, etc. Dysautonomia is most common amongst those with damage done to the brainstem or Vagus Nerve.

Examples of Diagnoses of Dysautonomia include: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).

An inflammation of the eyelid on or right above the eyelashes. It is usually caused by oil glads that get clogged, but amongst us can be a sign of an underlying autoimmune disorder.

Group of autosomal dominant disorders in which tumors develop on types of nerves, bone and skin.