Post Edited (Aldo) : 7/31/2006 11:39:35 AM (GMT-6)
The rheumy tested my reflexes and I responded to all the little hammer smacks, except for this particular one in the front part of my ankle. I have searched and searched the net, and I cannot find where they test the front part of the ankle. Hey, maybe he was doing a placebo smack just to see if I would jerk for no reason. Yeah, that's the ticket.....I am doing much better thank you and I hope you and the rest have a great day...
Post Edited (Aldo) : 7/31/2006 11:41:36 AM (GMT-6)
That was hilarious Aldo. I'm a redhead that covered it up with brown and blonde chunks..lol. I've had the doc do the reflex thing on the front of my ankle, and he was holding the back while he did it, so there must be a reason. He did find me to have extremely good reflexes in my knees.. missed his kneecap by a hair..lol. What I hate is when he checks the numb feeling in my arm.. he said he had a very sophisticated piece of medical equipment for that.. and reached in his pocket and unbent a paperclip..lol. I have to look away and tell him whether it's one point, or two points touching me. I always pass the test, and passed an EMG on that arm.. so must just be the fibro.. sigh.
Thanks for the laughs... they were sorely needed this morning!!
The placebo reflex test. Too funny. But they do that you know. It's to see if you are faking it. It's the same with the pin prick test, I have had a rheumo use an opened up paper clip and a neuro use the end of a toothpick. Sometimes it's a stick and sometimes they just touch. And I never once felt anything other than light touch. I had an EMG where I did not feel the needles enter either of the muscles just below the ankle bone I anticipated that this would be the worst of the needle sticks but when I felt nothing I felt I needed to tell him. I said I didn't feel that. He was not interested at all. However when he stuck the EMG needle into my muscle at the base of the neck, both sides I thought I would jump off the table. I did not feel the needles on either side of my spine in the lumbar region. I told him that too, he was not interested. Oh EMGs and NCVs are normal.
I do however have hyperreflexive knees, for whatever that's worth. The neuro doesn't think I have any nerve related problems. He doesn't live in this body. He checked for Babinski (running something along the bottom of the foot) he only used the end of the hammer used for the refelx test and did not apply a great deal of pressure I didn't notice anything interesting but when the rheumo used his finger nail and used quite a bit of pressure my toes did point up and not down.
The specific reactions can indicate nerve entrapement or spinal column compression and the location/level of the entrapment/compression. It depends on where it is and the reaction it gets. Hyper or Hypo reflexes each indicate a problem.