I am so sorry you are having such a rough time right now. You certainly have a lot on your plate. I am glad you found us here. None of us will venture a guess as to your diagnosis though. We will hang with you while you begin your search for answers. The symptoms of MS are varied and shared by many other diseases. It sounds like your doctor is going to be thorough. I don't have the answer to your question about your reflex test but others may have more experience and they may be able to tell you more. Meanwhile welcome to HW.
Hello there...I'm sorry to hear that you're having these problems, it doesn't sound pleasant at all.
The patellar reflex involves so many different aspects of the body that it's pretty difficult to use in the aid of diagnosis. Did he check several of your reflexes, like in your foot, upper arm, etc.? Sometimes weak reflexes can be caused by hypothyroidism, so it's good that he's checking you for that.
When you say you "broke" your L4-L5, do you mean you had a herniated disc, a vertebrae fracture, or some kind of nerve compression? What was the injury caused by? Spinal injuries can definitely cause some major knee issues...
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I kind of found this by going though some of the old post, as my patella reflexes are near zero as well and my toes do not move down like they should and after researching this I have found that it is more of a test for neurodisorders of the spinal cord and for cerebellar lesions which maybe in part of the lesions on the brain stem and in the brain it self but yet there are still many factors that still must be looked at before a diagnoses of MS and I feel that you really should tell your pdoc about your back just to rule out that you may have injured the spinal cord from your fall