brisk reflexes

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

      I had no reflexes from onset of GBS in Oct. 2007 to having brisk reflexes
      after a fall in 2009. I have gone from learning to walk with a cane and getting balance back to having less balance and now in the wheel chair all the time.
      Dr. thinks something else is going on and wants to send me to Cleveland Clinic(months ago) but have had to delay it several times due to a very ill brother.
      Has anyone else had the brisk reflexes with GBS? If so, were any reasons given for having them.


    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      What do you mean by ‘brisk reflexes’; could you explain? :confused:
      So sorry about your fall and your brothers’ illness.
      I’ve noticed we really have to watch out for falling, because our balance is off, and the leg muscles and reflexes of the feet can’t be trusted as before.

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2010 at 9:12 am


      When Dr.taps below the knee to check reflexes my legs will fly out more than normal reflexes do. If he taps above the knee they will go out further depending on how hard he taps them and the legs will continue to move three, four or more times on there own as if he has tapped them more.
      I tell the Dr’s. they have a mind of their own and I have kicked a few Dr’s. because of it. 😀


    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks for explaining, Matteyrae; my legs do that too, when the doc tapped them last time, they flew out in all directions, really out of control. Doc stood well out of the way at the time…
      Laughed at your post…thanks…..:D

      Since I haven’t gone through most of the scientific treatments that the rest of you have, but just have been healing naturally (except for my daily glass of Welch’s grape juice, and lots of protein in my diet), I can say that when I got that last testing in late February/10, doc burning the nerves with electric heat to see if they would react, I actually had a relapse afterwards, much more burning pain in my feet and legs, and then the cramps began all over again and lasted for weeks. Before that test, I had been feeling stronger in my legs, but that test caused so much damage to the healing nerves and muscle fibers in my feet and legs that I was very much in pain for months afterwards, with greater weakness in my legs. It took a long time to begin to feel better again. The next time doc wants to do the reflex tests, I’m saying NO. It just makes sense to me that if you want the tissues to heal, you don’t zap them with electric shocks and burn them further, just to find out when and if the patient can feel the pain.

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      I think our residuals are very funny sometimes… some reflexes are out of control and some, like me, don’t have any at all. After falling several times, I am slowing down even more and walking with a cane all the time.

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      When the neuro used the tuning fork on my finger, I “blanched white”, became very nauseated, and nearly passed out. I will never forget that feeling 😮 Painful is an understatement. Thankfully the doc said he didn’t need to try anything else. There are compassionate doctors out there:)

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

      I think they could do a study about this phenom. I personally think it cause the new or secondary nerves don’t have a reference or the stimulus is greater? I was seen by a noted neuro and don’t think they appreciate that it is real!