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.