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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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