Just Diagnosed with TM? Start Acute Treatments ASAP

Additional Information

It’s extremely important to begin treatments as soon as possible after a rare neuro-immune diagnosis. Treatment protocols depend on the diagnosis. Treatment for Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), MOG Antibody-Associated Disease, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder(NMOSD), Optic Neuritis (ON) and Transverse Myelitis (TM) including Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in their early stages involves quieting down the immune system as quickly as possible, before damage is done. Time is critical.

It’s very important to be working with a physician who has good experience with these disorders, because acute treatment is going to involve primarily or exclusively clinical judgment. There are very few clinical centers with physicians who specialize in TM or NMO (e.g., University of Texas Southwestern, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, University of California San Francisco, Walton Centre – Liverpool, England), but there are numerous Multiple Sclerosis Centers associated with prominent medical centers and medical schools. A specialist from one of these centers should be considered, as they have experience in demyelinating disorders of the central nervous system.

The acute therapies most frequently used to treat an inflammatory attack include: high dose intravenous steroids (methylprednisolone), Plasmapheresis (Plasma Exchange or PLEX), Immunoglobulin Therapy (IVIG), and cyclophosphamide.

For detailed information, please visit the acute treatment sections on the Transverse Myelitis Association at www.myelitis.org

My Healthcare Team

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

My "home away from home"  A truly wonder-filled medical center

1775 West Dempster Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068  



Johns Hopkins Medical Center

JHMC has a specialty Transverse

Myelitis Center - one of a kind. They see TM patient daily. 1800 Orleans St.  Baltimore, MD  21287 



Dr Carol Straka

Internal Medicine (ALGH)

My Team Captain - there's no better



Dr Wayne Rubenstein

Director of Neurology (ALGH)

My main man. Great collaborator.




Dr Amy Sun

Rehabilitation (ALGH)

She pushes hard & always inspires me.




Nancy & Emily

Nancy Van Staalduinen & Emily Bilinski - my compassionate PT/OT Alchemists, working with me everyday on 6 West to transform my body and soul.

Dr Robert Kapilinski

Urologist (ALGH)

Keeps me flowing regularly



Ms Kelly Snow

Outpatient Physical Therapist (ALGH)

My Guide to the mysteries of rebuilding my legs, one day at a time.



Dr Andrew McDougall

Neurologist (ALGH)

Took my 1st spinal tap - Brought me the news of my TM

847 - 723-4088 


Dr Terrence Li

Neurologist (ALGH)

First doc to see me after my 1st hospital stay.



Dr Pavan Murty

Neurologist (ALGH)

Extremely helpful with re-starting my recovery in February 2018.

847- 723-2210   


Dr George Bovis

Neurosurgeon (ALGH)

Finally decided not to operate of my spine in April 2017

847 -723-2210   


Dr Asif Lahke

Gastroenterologist (ALGH)

He nipped my throat cancer in the bud so it never got greater than DIA - a miracle-worker



Dr Daniel Becker

Director and Founder of the International Neurorehabilitation Institute (INI)   


Faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Transverse Myelitis Center.



Dr Phillipe Gauilloud

Neurosurgeon (Johns Hopkins)

Known worldwide. Did two spinal angiograms for me.



Dr Angel Galves

Hematologist (ALGH)

My blood flow is critical, especially if one source of my TM is vascular.



Dr John Ekland

Oncologist (ALGH)

Helped rid me of Throat Cancer before it really took hold (knock on wood)



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