Bending over with increased parasthesia Is this like l'hermittes?

Hi Guys

Something I’ve been noticing lately when I go to my yoga session is whenever I bend down to touch my toes and hold I get an increase in pins and needles in my feet and sudden intense itching to the point I can only hold the posture for a short duration. It’s not bothering me - I’ll just do something different or not hold as long.

I just wandered whether anyone else had this. Is it possible to have something similar to l’hermittes but when you bend your back? I thought this suggests maybe it’s all spine related but then again I’m no expert (My MRI and my spine was absolutely normal 1 1/2 years ago). And I’m a possible MS.




Hi Reemz,

I appreciate you get in some funny positions when doing Yoga so yes bending the Lumber region more is going to stretch the nerves sending funny signals just like L’Hernittes.

L’Hermitte’s sign describes electrical buzzing sensations in the limbs and body brought on by movement of the neck. These sensations are known as paraesthesia and include tingling, buzzing, electrical shocks, partial numbness and sharp pains. L’Hermitte’s is most often triggered by lowering the head so that the chin touches the chest. The sensations usually only last for a second or two. It has been called the “barber shop” symptom because it is often evoked when the hairdresser asks you to lower your head when he or she shaves the back of your neck.

L’Hermitte’s is associated with a number of conditions including arthritis, cervical spondylosis, disc compression, pernicious anaemia, tumours and multiple sclerosis. In many cases, the cause cannot be found.

Because the cervical spinal cord is a frequent target for multiple sclerosis it is a very common symptom of MS. Aproximately two thirds of people with multiple sclerosis experience L’Hermitte’s symptom at some point during the course of their disease.

In MS, L’Hermitte’s is an indicator of lesions in the cervical spine (the part of spine in the neck). Movement of the neck causes the damaged nerves (the demyelinated neurons) to be stretched and send erroneous signals. The symptoms can occur anywhere below the neck and many people with MS find that it moves around their body from one day to the next.


Hi George

thanks for replying. Thats what I thought - perhaps the signals were getting all confused. Guess I’ll wait and see what the neuro makes of it when I get seen.

Thanks again