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Can hypothyroid present as finger numbness and stiffness, with slight decrease in reflexes in one arm? Such as if Synthroid (thyroxine) needs adjust in dose?

Can hypothyroid present as finger numbness and stiffness, with slight decrease in reflexes in one arm?  Such as if Synthroid (thyroxine) needs adjust in dose?

Unusual: Hypothyroidism can present as carpal tunnel syndrome, which can cause numbness in fingers. Reflexes become slowed in hypothyroidism, but should remain symmetric, so it should not occur in just one arm. It is easy to find out if you are on enough synthroid (thyroxine) by getting a free T4 and TSH level done. ...Read more

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Depressed Reflexes (Definition)

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What does depressed reflexes look like?

What does depressed reflexes look like?

Muted: I believe you are asking what "depressed" relexes look like.Depressed reflexes are muted/reduced reflexes.For example, if testing your knee reflexs, your patellar tendon is tapped and lower leg swings as if "kicking" = knee jerk.With decreased reflexes (eg occurs with hypothyroidism, peripheral neuopathy & other conditions ), the knee jerk and other reflexes would be smaller or absent.See your doc. ...Read more

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Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Yes!: Research have shown that acute alcohol intoxication results in diminished cognitive and psychomotor abilities. More importantly, this results in an increased number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths due to impaired performance of motor tasks such as tracking, and reaction time. Additionally, alcohol use tends to inhibit responses in go/no-go tasks, thereby complicating easier tasks. ...Read more

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What are doctors testing for when they hit your arms? is it for a reflex or something?

What are doctors testing for when they hit your arms? is it for a reflex or something?

Reflex: Testing the Biceps reflex, & checking the function of the C5-C6 nerve roots, also the Triceps reflex. ...Read more

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I have no reflexes in my arms , hands, wrists, feet, ankles or knees. Is this dangerous?

I have no reflexes  in my arms , hands, wrists, feet, ankles or knees. Is this dangerous?

Deep tendon reflexes: Sometimes patients have reflexes that are difficult to elicit. Globally depressed or absent reflexes are frequently associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome. ...Read more

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After a neuro exam mr dr said the reflexes on my left arm is weak. Is this a symptom of ALS?

After a neuro exam mr dr said the reflexes on my left arm is weak. Is this a symptom of ALS?

Not by itself: If the only abnormality on your neurological exam is "weak" reflex in the left arm (which would technically be the triceps or the biceps reflex since the arm is that part of the upper extremity between shoulder and elbow) then, nobody could make a diagnosis of ALS based on this finding alone. Also, you are in the wrong age group for ALS and women are far less affected than men. All the best. ...Read more

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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 a c3 to c4 herniation. When the dr examined my reflexes in my right arm my right leg jerked. What is this?

Reflex spreading: When there is a very brisk reflex, sometimes you can elicit movement on the opposite side or a lower or upper limb. This may indicate nerve damage. Or it could be a behavioral finding. ...Read more