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Why do I have these symptoms?

Simply put, the messages are not getting from the brain to the body.  Think of your central nervous system like a super highway—all it takes is one car to break down in a lane to slow down traffic.  When the nerves in a particular pathway are damaged then the part of the body they connect to suffers from a lack of information.  Heat can contribute, temporarily, to the presence or severity of symptoms because nerve transmission is less efficient and requires more energy at higher temperatures.  As you heat up, the information slows down. Also, in some cases, the symptoms are indicative of the presence of an active lesion.  The inflammation around a lesion can irritate the nerves and trigger odd sensations (known as “Lhermitte’s”) and sometimes pain.  Some symptoms can be addressed through medication.  Talk to your doctor about what is bothering you most and explore your options.