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I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« on: January 13, 2009, 10:23:07 AM »
I went to the neuro yesterday, ready to hear something that would give me some peace of mind.

It almost happened, because her overall impression was that nothing serious was going on. Said it really didn't sound like MS to her, and she agreed that most of my symptoms could be caused by anxiety. However, during the neuro exam she tapped on my knees and was surprised to find that i had hypersensitive reflexes.. or hyperreflexia. Now I need to get an MRI of the cervical spine. I looked up hyperreflexia and I'm scared again. I'm even back to the ALS scare and I thought that was gone for good. I've actually laughed at myself for even thinking that before. How can it be back??? Hyperreflexia sounds like something that can be caused by anxiety but I can't find anything to verify that. Does anyone know??

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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 11:03:02 AM »
I went to the neuro yesterday, ready to hear something that would give me some peace of mind.

It almost happened, because her overall impression was that nothing serious was going on. Said it really didn't sound like MS to her, and she agreed that most of my symptoms could be caused by anxiety. However, during the neuro exam she tapped on my knees and was surprised to find that i had hypersensitive reflexes.. or hyperreflexia. Now I need to get an MRI of the cervical spine. I looked up hyperreflexia and I'm scared again. I'm even back to the ALS scare and I thought that was gone for good. I've actually laughed at myself for even thinking that before. How can it be back??? Hyperreflexia sounds like something that can be caused by anxiety but I can't find anything to verify that. Does anyone know??



Crikey, hyper-reflexes are an incredibly common worry for those people worried about neuro nasties.

The thing is there are millions and millions of perfectly healthy and well walking around with hyper-reflexes and in all likelyhood they will go through life never even knowing they had this as they have zero reason to ever visit a neuro and get that information.

I think the thing that happens is that our MS & ALS worry compels us to visit a neuro and then the neuro is obviously obliged to give us a full work over.  If brisk or hyper-reflexes are noted then I would imagine that there are certain tests that can then be conducted to see if anything 'could' be causing them...as stated though in the vast majority of cases this will be totally normal and just be a clinical occurrence.

In many ways this is a classic example of you chasing something for reassurance only for it to turn around and bite you on the behind.  This has actually happened to me 3 or 4 times when I promise that one more test or consultation will put my fear to bed only for that test to chuck up another 'what if' or could be' or 'possibility'!

Just remember, the more tests etc you have and the more it becomes inevitable that something 'out of the norm' will be discovered.  In the vast majority of cases all this means is that you present differently to the statistical majority and it does not necessarily mean you have a neuro nasty or any other ailment.

...as was mentioned in another thread, the job of a doctor is to diagnose things...the problem is that very often they totally fail to place it within the correct context and as Health Anxiety sufferers that can scare us for zero reason.
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009, 11:35:29 AM »
I hope I can put your mind at ease over a few things.  I too have hyper or brisk reflexes.  My neuro told me this 4 years ago.....they are just normal for me.  It does not mean anything is wrong, I just have brisk reflexes period.  Really many many people have this and there is nothing wrong with them.  :winking0008:

Second I would have responded to your other post earlier but I have been out of town.  As far as Esophagus cancer and trouble swallowing meat and bread many people who are perfectly normal will have issues with meat and bread too.  I just had an endoscopy done about a month ago I have trouble with certain foods .  I do have esophagitis or inflammation of esophagus due to GERD.  I also have LPR and have tons of mucus and drainage, post nasal drip, etc.  Have you tried a ppi?  This may help. 

I hope you feel better.
-Maddie
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009, 12:20:31 PM »
Aww...I am sorry.  :(  I think that is why my personality is to avoid doctors.  They tend to want to be thorough - especially if you come in worried about something.

I spoke with a doctor once and asked WHY they do this.  He told me that a lot of times, a NORMAL patient has a better sense of their body than he does...so he takes their lead and does tests to put their minds at ease.  Sometimes, THEY are right and not him.  However, this totally goes out the window with a hypochondriac.  We don't have that internal sense that something is wrong and know our bodies.  We worry that everything is wrong and usually have no idea what is really going on.  99% of the time, our instincts are wrong.  

Doctors are trained to deal with normal people and that is why sometimes going to a doc can be a lot worse than just realizing it is anxiety.  KWIM?
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009, 12:44:53 PM »
I had the same thing happen to me about 5 years ago... the nuero said everything was fine.. then he tapped on my knee and said i had brisk reflexes and sent me in the mri tube. Everything came up clean he said i had tmj and anxiety whatever. He was a really through doc

I'm still scared of ms...

when is your mri?
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2009, 09:50:22 PM »
Oh yea.. i hear that hyperflexia and twitching go hand in hand..... I like to know how many people have brisk reflexes?
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 11:54:26 AM »
Thanks everyone. Those are the kinds of things I needed to hear. I did not make an MRI appt yet. There are some other tests the neuro prescribed for me that sound a little easier - VEP, and some blood work. I'm taking one thing at a time.

I'm also between different specialists at this time as my symptoms are broad. I have a chronic cough/chest congestion that I'm finally starting to believe is related to my sinuses and post nasal drip that I've had for years --- and not a secondary symptom to a swallowing disorder related to a neurological deficit!!! Believe it or not I've been putting off a CT scan of my sinuses (recommended by the ENT) because I firmly believed something "more serious" was going on.

I'm going to try to be a normal person and do what the doctor says and not second guess them. Take one thing at a time and concentrate on my life and not my "sickness". Somehow normal people do this -- even people with REAL ailments. They seem to be able to keep their worries at bay and enjoy life. Thanks again to all that responded. I will keep you posted!
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 12:49:37 PM »
I'm going to try to be a normal person and do what the doctor says and not second guess them. Take one thing at a time and concentrate on my life and not my "sickness". Somehow normal people do this -- even people with REAL ailments. They seem to be able to keep their worries at bay and enjoy life.

You summed that up perfectly!!!!  I wish I could do that.

I know it's hard, but try not to worry (don't you hate when people say that? haha.)  Even if a neuro orders an MRI, it doesn't mean they believe there is something truly wrong, they're just being careful.  My neuro thought I probably didn't have MS, but there were a couple things of concern so he wanted me to have one just to be sure.
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Re: I thought the neuro was going to EASE my anxiety!
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2009, 03:28:50 PM »
Hi, I'm actually having really hard time at the moment with ALS fear, making myself sick. Just wanted to let you know I have hyper-reflexes and twitching and muscle cramps and neuro isn't concerned. Thought it might give you a little reassurance to know your not alone. Good luck with your tests.

Kate.
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