Hyper reflexes are associated w/ MS if I'm not mistaken. I forgot - are you diagnosed or not?
Funny thing about MY reflexes is that they had been "brisk" in the past, then were absent for a time. Then back to brisk in the fall. At the doc's this week, they are gone again. Peek-a-boo relfexes, lol!
La - 3+ reflexes are considered brisk, but still within the range of normal. Lots of things make reflexes brisk. Anxiety, stimulant meds like caffeine, hyperthryoidism are common ones. There is nothing to worry about 3+ reflexes. 4+ and 4+ with clonus (extra rhythmic movements) are considered pathological.
Actually, I am just trying to cement in my head that this dx is real. It is a difficult thing to do because others seem to have more issues than I do with no dx. Maybe they just have not found a knowlegeable doctor?
My doctor based her dx on two episodes of ON, a lesion in the white matter of my brain, 4+ leg reflexes, trigeminal neuralgia, and numbness at various times.
Reading the problems others have, and yet no dx, makes me do a double take in my situation.
I know the ON and TN are two big issues. And my legs are a real problem. My MS doctor said I am at very high risk for developing a more clinical definate MS so she started me on Avonex.
I guess that means I am at risk for my symptoms to become worse or more of them?
I got my notes from my last neuro, and my legs were 5+, my arms were 4+. But, I also had severe weakness in my legs, and moderate weakness in my arms, which didn't seem to make sense to me. "Increased muscle tone" but "weakness."
No ON. Just episodes of severe leg weakness. Couldn't walk a few times. Have all the symptoms everyone here talks about, but mine seem to be bilateral. I even had Babinski's sign, documented by a neuro. I get so frustrated.
But I see a new doc now, who is doing evoked potentials finally. Trouble is, I think they've come out normal. Drat!
This lingering in Limboland... It stinks. Why is the diagnostic process so different for each person? It seems like even those who say they are "MS specialists" can't get it right -- at least not right away.
Good luck! At least you have your lesions. And I'm sorry.
This is all bizzare to me. ON and trigeminal neuralgia must really hold a lot of weight in a MS dx. I just got my t-spine MRI report and that was good...no lesions. No reason there for my 4+ leg reflex.
My evp's were ok except for the VER.
I just had that one lone lesion on my MRI this summer along with two documented bouts of ON and TN. Other than that I would be in the same limbo you are in.
I am even trying to get my mind around my situation. One lesion and ON. Well, I should be happy, and I am, that this was caught early.
That is where I can be thankful I have ON. Other than that ON is not a fun time...............
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