• What is “Stiff Man Syndrome?”

    Asked by downbutnotout on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    What is “Stiff Man Syndrome?”

    My Dr said I might wind up getting it, then went on to talk about something else. I just remembered him saying it. has anyone heard or had it?

    3 Answers from the Community

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      carm

      Downbutnotout,
      Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) is also referred to as Moersch-Woltman Condition, and it
      is a very rare neurological disease. Over time a progressive severe muscle stiffness occurs in the spine and lower extremities; often starts without notice during a time when a patient is under emotional stress. Most of the time a patient will have painful muscle spasms that are a result of an acute stimuli. An auto-immune component is usual and patients often have a history of an auto-immune disorder. symptomatic onset usually develop in the mid-forties. The severe muscle stiffining of SPS responds to benzodiazepines like Xanax or Ativan. Testing with an Electro-Myogram (EMG) needle assists the diagnosis and a blood test for anti-GAD (glutamic acid decarboxylase) antibodies (if demonstrated at a very high level) usually confirms the diagnosis in patients with SPS. I hope this helps you to understand. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • downbutnotout's Avatar
      downbutnotout

      Thanks carm, you are a wealth of knowledge

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Right back at ya Sister!!!

      over 4 years ago

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