pseudoexacerbation

pseudoexacerbation

(soo″dō-ĕk-săs″ĕr-bā′shŭn, sū″) [″ + exacerbation]
A temporary worsening of neurological symptoms of multiple sclerosis, brought on by fever, infection, exposure to heat, or some other transient influence that does not result in permanent neurological injury.
References in periodicals archive ?
Any kind of bacterial or viral infection can trigger a pseudoexacerbation," says Dr.
Though Ramos' doctor believes her recent experience with overheating and increased fatigue was a pseudoexacerbation, likely caused by summer heat and humidity, she was smart to pay attention when the fatigue set in.
And even if it's just a pseudoexacerbation, I rest, take care of myself and try to stop worrying because it just adds to the stress of MS.
A pseudoexacerbation is a temporary aggravation of MS symptoms, symptoms that have occurred before.
This means that if a person has an illness or infection with recurring fevers, the pseudoexacerbation will last until the fever is resolved.
So, to help determine if your symptoms are due to a pseudoexacerbation, ask yourself the following:
While no one can predict what will bring on a pseudoexacerbation, people can do some common-sense things to lessen the chances.
In the overwhelming majority of people with MS, pseudoexacerbations are triggered by heat.
The good news is that a pseudoexacerbation is not the same as a relapse and disappears once the body's temperature reverts to normal.
But knowing that it's not permanent doesn't make a pseudoexacerbation any less real or distressing when it's happening.