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Question: Are asymmetric reflexes of concern?


 candacepoet - Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:05 pm

On visiting pain management yesterday I was told to see a neurologist because my upper body reflexes were "too happy" while my lower body reflexes were either absent or sluggish. I have gastroparesis/intestinal inertia and a neurogenic bladder. The pain doc said I could be said to have neurogenic intestinal system, and that I needed at minimum an MRI of my spine. My neurologist is on vacation. Can I afford to wait for his return or should I see someone else sooner?
Many thanks, Candacepoet
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:45 pm

User avatar Hi,
As you are a diabetic, the first condition to exclude would be a symmetric axonal distal neuropathy which is the most common type of neuropathy in diabetics. Before a firm diagnosis of this condition is made, one must exclude other causes such as a disc problem, a lumbar canal stenosis or other causes of cord compression.It is better to get investigated without inordinate delay.
Best wishes!

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