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Abnormal reflex test

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by AnxietyPain, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. AnxietyPain

    AnxietyPain New Member

    I had an appt with a physiatrist yesterday to start the process of ruling out something actually serious that is causing my pain.

    He said I had some "reflex asymmetry" when testing my forearm and ankle reflexes. The lefy side seems to have more relax response than the left. He is ordering 3 MRIs: cervical, lumbar and thoracic. This will take weeks.

    This scared me and began to cast doubt on TMS as a my symptoms since the reflex testing was "abnormal." This was a basic series of tests using a small hammer tool, not a nerve conduction study or anything.

    I fit the profile of TMS so closely but have now been placed into a doubting. Should I be?
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  2. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    Keep us up to date on what your Dr. Says, we can't over ride your Drs. Recommendations. I would get all the info from the Doc and then report back with us on how you feel and what you think and what your Dr. says ok and we can go from there.
    Bless you
  3. AnxietyPain

    AnxietyPain New Member

    I guess maybe I should have asked the question a bit differently. Have other TMS sufferers had abnormal reflex tests? I see in Dr Sarno's book that may be the case.
  4. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Dr, Sarno and other TMS specialists say that even if MRIs show physical abnormalities, they may not
    be causing pain. But it's good to have the exams and see what is recommended.
    When you have that information, you could contact one of the MRI practitioners and see what they recommend.
    Or go to ask a therapist now and see what he or she advises. Good luck. One way or another you are going to be pain free.

  5. Peggy

    Peggy Well known member

    After having back pain for over a year, I finally got into a neurologist. The intern neurologist did all of my testing. He seemed especially fascinated by my knee jerk response when he hit his little hammer on my knee. My leg went flying. He kept doing it again and again. That was so annoying. When the real neurologist came in the only important findings he told him was about my knee. I believe my left flew more than my right. They seemed satisfied with all my other neurological functions. In the end they just said I had a hyper reflex knee, and my back problems were neuromuscular (no action required). FYI, I have always had a jumpy knee, but may be more jumpy now. After being on this form for a while I do think it's my nerves, and having read Claire Weekes's book, Hope and Help for your Nerves, I believe my response is just an over reactive nervous system, just from being worked up about way too many things. There are ways of calming down all those nervous responses. Claire has audio clips you can find on this form if you do the search. Also, any of this TMS work is great. The 12 daily reminders tend to calm me down.

    TMS is a sly thing, I can see how it can effect one side of the body more than the other. One side of the back is more sore than the other. It just keeps us on our toes. Maybe you hold more tension on one side than the other.
  6. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Pegfgy.
    You sure have learned a lot, about your "trick knee" and doctors and TMS.
    Looks like you can rule out anything structural, so I suggest you concentrate on TMS,
    repressed emotions and/or perfectionist and "goodist" personality, wanting everything perfect
    and everyone liking you. Clare Weekes is great for anxiety relief. Sarno'sd 13 daily reminders are
    the foundation for TMS healing. Read the success stories on the wiki to become inspired.
    You're on your way to complete healing and a happy and healthy life.
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  7. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    AnxietyPain, Working on knowledge therapy will give you a better life and help you feel better any way you look at it like peggy and walt have said above. When you can get to the source of your symptoms by living life in a more powerful, hopeful and happy way -- not holding in all those fears any more.

    Looking for a person with your exact symptom before you are sure is just setting yourself up for doubt, or as we call it tmsing. You have a chance now to live your best life now. Give up all the inner chatter and thoughts of despair and learn to be brave again.
    bless you

    PS - When you take the tms healing journey, you will always come out a winner.
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