The Transverse Myelitis Association, or TMA, website offers a listing of expert medical professionals who specialize in rare neuro-immune disorders such as transverse myelitis. Users can search the TMA's Medical Professional Network resource listing based on criteria such as country, state, disease expertise, specialization.
The Transverse Myelitis Association is an international nonprofit foundation committed to the support of children, adolescents and adults with rare neuro-immune disorders. The group's mission includes promoting awareness and empowering patients, families and clinicians as well as advancing scientific understanding and therapy development for disorders such as transverse myelitis, as the TMA explains. The association backs this mission with education programs and publications as well as by supporting the training and research efforts of clinicians and scientists.
Transverse myelitis is an inflammation of the spinal cord that often targets myelin, which is the insulating material that covers nerve cell fibers, as detailed by Mayo Clinic. It disrupts the transmission of nerve signals, resulting in pain or other abnormal sensations, muscle weakness or paralysis, and bladder and bowel problems. The exact trigger for transverse myelitis is unknown, but Mayo Clinic lists a number of conditions that appear to cause the disease. Some of these conditions are viral and other infections; ;multiple sclerosis; neuromyelitis optica, or Devic's disease; autoimmune disorders; and immunizations. Treatment can include anti-inflammatory drugs, medications that manage symptoms and physical therapy.