1896537 tn?1381903609
Reflexes
Just out of interest, when your doctor/neuro check's your reflexes etc, were they 'normal'? My neurologist noted my leg reflxes were on the brisk side and I have Babinski's sign on my left side. I haven't yet been diagnosed with MS (just had the one episode so far) but I guess abnormal reactions are to expected in any of us if our nervous system's have been disrupted?
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Hi,  yeah mine are way off.

I have no Babinski sign, diminished ankle reflex, very brisk knee reflex, loss of proprioception to knee, no vibration sense from toes to T3, diminished wrist and brisk ? Biceps.

I also have a positive Rombergs and can't tandem gait. I don't know if it has a name but if he taps on my face it causes a tic response.

Heavens, sounds a lot but they are only the ones I remember.

Isn't life fun?

Regards

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Oops, by no Babinski, I mean there is no response at all.  My toes just don't move.
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1896537 tn?1381903609
I thought it was a good thing that my leg reflexes were brisk...lol Obviously not!
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1548028 tn?1324616046
My son age 12 (Jordan) is not diagnosed either but highly suspected MS.  Over the past year it is different all the time.  Sometimes he has brisk in one or the other or none at all.  You never know what your going to get when you go in.  They tell me this is normal for nerve damage.  They thought he had ADEM at age 11 but it never really went away.  We are in limboland!  
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1831849 tn?1383231992
I had my reflexes tested on Saturday. My right side is my stronger side and I have no reflex. My leg didn't move. On my weaker left side, when the mallet got within the same zip code my toes went to the ceiling :-)
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1896537 tn?1381903609
I didn't realise people so young could even get MS. I guess I didn't really know anything about it at all until recently. Limboland really *****! My dx is CIS (Optic Neuritis) Have now got weakness in my right arm and weird shaking/jelly legs but my doctor says to just leave it. I'm not seeing the neuro again until summer though! Must be really scary for your son and you. What are they going to do for him?
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1896537 tn?1381903609
Isn't it the weirdest thing?! I honestly thought brisk reflexes were a good thing but apparently not. All my symptoms have been right-sided so far but the abnormal reflexes were only on my left-side so I'm not sure how that can be?
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Hi zoefromsussex,

I think there are degrees of brisk.  There is brisk, brisk+1, brisk+2, brisk+3 etc.   As far as I know brisk and brisk +1 are variations of normal.

Please, if I'm wrong I'd love someone to jump in and correct me.

Regards
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1382889 tn?1404599226
Mine were in the normal range.

Julie
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572651 tn?1333939396
Brisk reflexes are not normal, and according to RightDiagnosis, there are ten reasons for this to occur - here's their list and website:

"This section shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Increased (brisk) Reflexes in our database from various sources.

•Blood clot in brain (Ischaemic stroke)
•Brain tumour
•Haemorrhage into brain tissue (Haemorrhagic stroke)
•HIV
•Infections
•Multiple sclerosis
•Patient anticipating reflex test and "helping" examiner
•Stroke
•Trauma causing brain damage
•Upper motor neuron lesion "

http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/symptoms/increased_brisk_reflexes/causes.htm
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338416 tn?1420049302
I get no reflexes in my right knee!
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1322693 tn?1308157496
Last time mine were checked over a year ago they were brisk.

Was told Hyperreflexia but NL didnt know why and dismissed it.

will be interesting to have them re evaluated at my next NL appt next month.

Jen
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1225331 tn?1333369369
My left ankle reflexes are diminished.  I have a very brisk left knee reflex, but don't remember if it was brisk or not on the right side.  And I have diminished vibration sense and proprioception.

It is all pretty interesting.
-Kelly
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My  NP has commented several times that my knee reflex is brisk on the right, which is my 'bad' side. I've always taken that as noteworthy but not otherwise a big deal. I guess she's just checking for consistency. I wish all of you could be looked after by her. She's the greatest!

ess
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1896537 tn?1381903609
I find the whole issue of reflxes quite interesting. I'd assumed that damage in the central nervous system would cause slow reflexes but it seems to be the opposite.
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