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Causes Of Abnormal Reflexes
Acid reflux: Acid reflux or gerd technically is caused by poor tone of the sphincter that opens and closes between the esophogus (tube from mouth to stomach) and the stomach. This allows food to come back up with the stomach acid. It may also be caused from a lack of stomach acid that allows food to sit in the stomach too long and then can reflux back up. The stomach acid helps break down the food. ...Read more
Irritation: Anything which can irritate the nerves in the back of the throat may aggravate gagging, such as foreign objects (eg, fish bones), tumors, infections, masses in space between spine and back of throat, swollen neck lymph nodes, medications; but also unpleasant thoughts, gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). ...Read more
Possibly: Generally most medications do not effect the gag reflex per se. However, side effect of nausea or perhaps congestion may mimic symptoms that could be interpreted as a "sensitive gag reflex ". ...Read more
Many possibilities: Reflexes vary from person to person, but also from exam to exam. Repeated testing during a visit can vary for several reasons (position of the leg, how relaxed you are, where the stimulating "tap" is given, etc.). Later in life reflexes may diminish or disappear. Some nerve disorders reduce or eliminate them. ...Read more
Can be benign: Holmes-adie syndrome describes folks who have life-long pupillary and reflex responses which are aberrant but not indicative of any future disease. Knee reflexes can be affected by lumbar stenosis, and peripheral neuropathy, but if you do not suffer back or leg pain, numbness or weakness, there is no cause for concern. ...Read more
Test spinal cord: Normal person with intact upper (brain nerve cell to spine) and lower (from spine and down) neuron, when lateral part of sole is gently searched, big toe will flexes, normal reflex, both are intact when abscent then it is indicative of damage to upper motor neuron. Simple explanation brain cell damages it will not regenerate, when a perpheral nerve damaged it will grow back, good prognosi. ...Read more
Normal event: Movement and sound will often trigger the startle response in infants up to 3 months in the wake state and as long as 4 months asleep. ...Read more
Yes: Repeated gagging can deaden the reflex.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have this cough that will not go away and I have been coughing since I had acid reflex about a week ago what is the cause that I'm still coughing?
Still reflux?: Laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR may be the answer. You may not feel like you have reflux all the time but you still may have a slight reflux that burns your throat a little. This continued irritation can cause you to have a continuous cough. Also a bad reflux could cause inflammation that takes a while to go away. Your cords could still be irritated from that. ...Read more
What are some physiological (non-psychological) causes of exaggerated spinal reflexes (i.E. Exaggerated jerking/flinching in response to light touch)?
Startle vs DTR's: Your description of exaggerated jerking with light touch sounds like someone with very brisk "startle" reflex, as in post traumatic stress disorder. This is a physiological response to hypervigilance, as ptsd encompasses the whole person and his/her body. Hyperactive deep tendon reflexes (dtr's) can result from conditions like cerebral palsy, strokes, inflammatory diseases, and brain injury. ...Read more
Depends-age/severity: Some will need smaller, more frequent feedings. Thickening the formula/breast milk with cereal also can be done. Keeping the baby upright before and after feedings is helpful. H2-blockers like ranitidine (zantac) can be given orally to inhibit stomach acid. Old timers have also use antacids like mylanta and maalox. Many babies may not need treatment. Ger often resolves by itself. ...Read more
Yes, it could: Intestinal gas has only two sources: bacteria metabolizing incompletely digested food in the lower intestine; and swallowed air. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) doesn't directly cause flatulence (farting), but can be associated with increased air swallowing, which is almost entirely unconscious. Some swallowed air is belched out, but most of it travels down the GI tract and emerges below. ...Read more
Possible: See your doctor about your acid reflux symptoms, there may be other things going on also. It is important to get this treated. Many cases of acid reflux are caused by sleep apnea. Get screened for sleep apnea, especially of you are tired, overweight, snore, or gasp for breath while sleeping. Many people are not aware of sleep apnea so get screened. ...Read more
Sometimes it feels that my swallowing reflex is turned off. What could cause you to have difficulties swallowing?
Globus v dysmotility: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more
I drunk a mouthful f water and had a reflex where I was going to spurt it out my mouth, instead I swallowed it s ko and it felt like it went the wrong way down, could this cause a problem e.g.could this have entered by lungs, should I be worried?
That's fine: If you don't have any normal swallowing issues it's unlikely for you to have aspirated anything into the lungs. Even small aspirations are generally safe. ...Read more
Physiology: Due to compression of corticospinal pathways, weakness can occur, and inhibition of these areas in the spinal cord allow excitatory responses to supervene, and thence increased reflexes in the legs. Actually, an archaic response to preserve function in motor pathways in case of injury. ...Read more
What could it mean for me that I had a positive babinski reflex test? Neurologist said it was unusual for that to happen in adults...
Not always a big dea: It signifies some change in motor circuits in the spinal cord or brain. It can be seen in minor cases of cerebral palsy (where it's no big deal) but can be seen in many other conditions. Seeing a neurologist and having a good neurological examination & history should help understand if this is something of concern. ...Read more