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Old 06-12-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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No Reflex In Left Leg?

I've seen 3 surgeons, all of whom said my back damage is too extensive to operate.

I saw another OS yesterday who said he might be able to operate but would not look at the MRI report. Instead, he wants me to get another MRI.

He also did the reflex tests on my legs, but my left leg had no reflex at all. What does that mean?


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Old 06-12-2007, 08:37 PM   #2
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Hi Erfan,

Could mean nothing. It is possible to have total lower body paralysis from nothing more than inflammation in the wrong area. When the inflammation settles down, feeling returns to that area. Thats why so many spine and brain injuries are 'wait and see' situations.
Sometimes if I over do it, I get almost complete lack of feeling in my right hand, mostly in the last 2 fingers, when the swelling around my fusion site goes down, it improves.
Not sure why this guy wants a totally new MRI, but I suspect the old one didnt have a view or an angle that he wants. each doctor has their own way of doing things.
Sorry I couldnt be more help, someone else may have more advice for you.

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Old 06-13-2007, 01:12 AM   #3
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Re: No Reflex In Left Leg?

What did the old MRI Report say? I had no reflexes in my ankles prior to surgery. Now I have severe pain in my back and legs, but I do have ankle reflexes. What a trade off. I was just being cynical as I had back pain and leg before surgery also. Is the no reflex leg have numbness? Do you have disc or any nerve damage? If you can give more detail off your MRI report someone here might have similar problems? Everyone is different, but some areas that are effected can show sometimes similar things going on such as numbness, no reflex, pins and needles, pain, etc. In the past I have had doctors want their own MRI's to go off of. This new Dr. might see things in complete different perspective. Good Luck and keep us posted.

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Re: No Reflex In Left Leg?

generally when you lose any level of reflex ability it has something to do with a motor nerve affectation.i retained full movement and sensation in my right arm post op(left one took a major hit tho) but have no c 7 reflex physiatrist,after also doing my EMG just said my motor function on the right side of the c 7 was damaged or compromised in some way.

depending on just how old the other MRI was may be the biggest reason he wanted another,if contrast was not used either he may want another one done with it?most surgeons want an MRI that is no more than six months old.this is because alot of changes can take place within the spinal areas within a very short period of time.just so you know,most really good specialists wont even bother looking at what any rad has to say in any given report,they prefer to make their own Dx based on what THEY see alone.they ARE much more qualified and knowledgable than even the most knowledgable radiologists.Marcia
3-22-01,herniated C-6-7
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.

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