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No Reflexes In Legs
When I test my patellar reflexes, left leg is not quite as brisk as the right. Not huge difference though. I am right dominant. Scared of brain tumor?
Reflexes: Wow. That is a big leap of a diagnosis. Reflex changes usually come from either pinched nerves or just a variation of normal. If concerned, check with your pcp for exam. ...Read more
Absence of reflexes is a symptom in which a person does not respond properly when tested for the usual neurological reflexes, such as the "knee jerk" reflex. A non-response to the "knee jerk" reflex would be his leg not jerking forward when the doctor hits him below the knee-cap with ...Read more
Post ictal: The brain will at times shut off a section of the body following a seizure. This is referred to as todd's paralysis. The region of the body that shuts down may have no reflexes and remain limp and flaccid for several hours. There is gradual recovery back to baseline. This would indicate that the region of the brain for that part of the body was primary in the seizure event. ...Read more
When you have foot drop, even mild will your reflexes in that leg be abnormal? If so, what changes would you see?
Ankle reflex: Your ankle reflex may be reduced or absent. ...Read more
Went in for back pain. Dr says no reflexes in my left leg. He says nothing to be concerned about only one leg. Should I be concerned? What causes that?
Tricky: Sometimes knee jerk may not elicit response. If you truly has no reflex in the left leg that will require further evaluation ...Read more
I have pathologically brisk reflexes, tremors, extreme tiredness and leg pain. I'm under the care of a neurologist but she has no clue. Any ideas?
Just no. No.: This isn't primary progressive multiple sclerosis. About one person in 500 or so just doesn't have deep tendon reflexes. My neurology professor in Med school did not have any. Eye floaters just aren't MS. Many normal folks have them. Get on with your life, gain skills, exercise, make friends, get out of difficult life situations, strive to be happy. Best wishes. Didn ...Read more
Brisk lower-leg reflexes. Extreme fatigue. Bouts of vertigo and vision loss/blurriness. Symptoms last 3-14 days and occur every 3-6 months. CSF IgG index elevated. Ketones in urine. Neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio elevated. Could these all be related?
When something or someone unexpectedly touches me eg. My leg, it will involuntarily reflex/pull away. Is this normal? Because I find it quite strange.
Fight or Flight: It sounds like when you are caught off guard that you pull away, correct? An unexpected touch can trigger a "fight or flight" response/reflex where you attempt to get away from the "danger". As you quickly become consciously aware that there is no real danger - that response is limited to just pulling your leg away. ...Read more
IDK: Do you have any neuromuscular disorders? Do you walk normal? If so, the reflex should be there. Sometimes can be harder to illicit reflex on one side in doctors office by hitting ligament/tendon just right. If you haven't seen doctor, have him/her check it out. ...Read more
EMG/NCV report says "H-Reflex at left tibial nerve was 40.15. It was significantly prolonged compared to other leg." Can this cause swelling in leg?
Nerve slow, swell no: Slowing nerve will not cause local, swelling. You should ask if the condition causing the nerve slowing might do this, and ask your doctor. There are multiple causes of swelling, most are benign, but some very serious, and you need correct evaluation to determine which is your cause. ...Read more
I have a c3 to c4 herniation. When the dr examined my reflexes in my right arm my right leg jerked. What is this?
I have scoliosis and I had my reflexes tested but I have no knee jerk in the right leg! Any possible reasons why?
Can be from L4 nerve: Decreased "knee jerk" reflex can be a normal finding, or result from a 4th lumbar nerve root compression. Depending on where your scoliosis is located in your spine, it is possible to have an L4 nerve root compression. However, this is typically accompanied by Pain and sensory changes in the front of your thigh and inside lower leg. Without pain and numbness, it most likely is not pathologic. ...Read more
Can you have a motor neurone disease with normal reflexes and a normal neurological exam such as the arm and leg strength the dr performs?
While I can't walk and have problems with blader, I found strange reflex:when I turn shower to penis my leg muscles have some tilting. What is that?
Severe leg pain for at least 4 decades and reflexes in knees now non-existent. Diangosis with peripheral neuropathy ten years ago. Should I be concerned?
? etiology: Have your doctors uncovered the causation? Have you been treated with medications that can relieve the symptoms, such as lyrica, (pregabalin) or cymbalta? Are you experiencing increased weakness and/or numbness associated with the reflex losses? Is there a role for usage of medical food such as metanx. Might consider updating your evaluation, as neurologists may well be able to help you. ...Read more
21 y/o famale, extreme tiredness, chronic headache, tingling and numbness in left arm and leg, and brisk reflexes in all limps. What this could be?
Most Likely: These symptoms are heard in clinical practice everyday. At your age and considering your current environment, you are most likely suffering from anxiety syndrome or possibly chronic fatigue syndrome. However, since you mentioned the brisk reflexes, I have a feeling you are thinking of MS. If you do not get a checkup, your thinking of all of these wild diseases will only make anxiety worse. ...Read more
Is it possible to have brain tumor when main sympotom is leg weakness/pain when neurogical test (reflex strength sensitivity)is good?
It is possible: You can have both leg weakness and pain and normal strength and sensation and also have a brain tumor but I think it might be something going on with your back rather than a brain tumor. ...Read more
My daughter 4 yrs old still had muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflex, positive babinski reflex affected only left leg.?
Neurologist: Not sure what workup has been done, and what diagnoses have been made, but I would highly suggest getting a neurologist involved to investigate. This constellation of symptoms suggests an issue at the spinal cord level, or a nerve degeneration issue, and requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more
What does it mean if you have no reflexes in left or right arms? Endo doc hit both arms and no reaction. But both legs reacted very quickly
Arm reflex: You are most probably normal. Sometimes it is difficult to find the reflexes. Recheck next time you see your doctor. ...Read more
Got kicked in the right testis....Momentary pain 3-4 min...Lack of cremasteric reflex on day 2 and discomfort while sitting or clossing legs. Torsion?
Orchalgia: Unlikely if the pain was "momentary" and two days have passed. If swelling and pain are significant (as it would be with torsion almost always) you should get examined immediately in an er where ultrasound is available. Exam by a urologist otherwise for other types of testicular injury. The "golden period" of detection and treatment of acute torsion is only 4-6 hours. ...Read more
I have loss of leg strength and patellar reflex due to herniated discs at l3-l5; do I need surgery to recover? About 9 weeks ago, I had an episode of sciatica during a hiking trip. I still have significant loss of strength in the left quadricep (especiall
Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/ below knee swelling?
It can: It can cause basically any dystrophic change in the lower extremity although what you describe is not specifically pathognomonic for CRPS. Has someone diagnosed you with that? ...Read more
Numb lower left leg front of the calf, mild weakness, brisk reflexes. Sent for MRI of brain, tspine, cspine and lspine. Normal. Now EMG. Scared.
MS EVALUATION: The way you classify your symptoms is worrisome. The EMG is the next step to pin down the diagnosis. You may also need a lumbar puncture if symptoms persist. Full lab work including evaluation for Lyme disease it VIT d deficiency b12 folic acid thyroid studies. Sjogrens Syndrome and Sarcoid evaluations well. If no firm diagnosis is made you may need second opinion. ...Read more
Strong family history of Als. Having backache, leg weakness, dr said I have brisk reflexes. Going for more tests & brain MRI. Should I be concerned?
Well....: MRI of the brain will not be able to include or exclude ALS in you. Your doctor may be trying to see if something else could be present causing your signs and symptoms. Hereditary transmission only occurs in 10-15% of all individuals and it is vastly more prevalent in older males (>55/60 years) compared to females. I'd say the odds of your having diagnosable ALS right now is slim to none. ...Read more
Severe leg pain for at least 4 decades and reflexes in knees now non-existent. Diangosis peripheral neuropathy ten years ago. Low back pain 10 yrs. Any idea?
Peripheral Neuropath: Different possibilities exist for leg pains: neuropathy, vascular disease, and sciatica. Each of these can be ruled in/out based upon history, examination, and studies. Neuropathy is typically diagnosed with history of diabetes, chemo, toxic exposures, or no cause, and is associated with numbness/pain in a stocking distribution with absent reflexes. Emg/ncv can be helpful. Mri/ct usually negative. ...Read more
Went to er for lower back pain n hip numbness no x ray but he check leg strength n reflex said pulled musc m pinched nerve now legs tingle is this bad
Went to neuro for weakness legs pain back hands hips almost everywhere small headackes. He did the tets (reflex etc)all good but I think brain tumor?
I suspect not.: The symptoms of a mass or tumor are usually more localized to a specific set of brain function. ...Read more
Thigh muscles ache/twitch after flu shot 4 days ago. Took blood labs no abnormalities. Neuro test reflexes/strength successfully. Told to rest legs and drink plenty of fluids, in 2 weeks emg. Opinions?
Sounds accurate: Cannot imagine a neurologic reaction to flu vaccine except that there have been some cases of guillion-barre syndrome (a form of ascending paralysis) associated rarely with vaccinations. The recommendation you received is good as long as you follow up quickly if you are not getting better and definitely if you develop any other symptoms. ...Read more
How are the changes of a brain tumor when u have leg weakness pain legs arms back stomach and very small muscle spasms? Reflex strength vision good
Not sure: I am not sure what you are asking. Rephrase the question and repost it. ...Read more