Here is My Question:
Is the anesthesia I'm feeling on the whole left side of my body permanent right after a relapse? Or can it go away?
Anesthesia, meaning total lack of sensation and awareness involving the whole body or just one side, is very rare in MS. Most people with MS have diminished sensation but not absent sensation. If sensation were absent you could cut off a limb and the person would not feel it.
As for diminished sensation, this can take up to 6 to 12 months to recover. Generally, if symptoms are still present after a year, they do not tend to recover further.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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