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Yes & No. CP can be a catch-all phrase for several things, but it's usually limited to the RESULTS of a prenatal stroke, hypoxia during birth or some sort of pre/neo natal neurological event. The "palsy" is the net effect of one of these traumas.

Affected "hemispheres" are usually both arms or both legs (dipharesis), the right or left side of the body (hemipharesis) or all four quadrants (quadrapharesis). The old suffix was "plegia", as in your dx: diplegia. Since plegia means paralysis, the new and improved suffix indicates "weakness" (sort of).

There are two other general catagories: Spastic CP and Athetoid CP. Spasticity refers to muscular rigidity and shorter range-of-motion than normal. Athetoid CP is marked by uncontrollable motions-Wheeless' calls them "writhing motions".

When your neuro found abnormal reflexes, she probably found that whacking your elbow or knee with a reflex hammer produced a very strong response. She might have also observed some "primitive" reflexes, such as Babinski or Moro, that you should have lost shortly after birth.

Klonipin (Clonazepam) is an "anxiolytic" in the same family as valium (Diazepam) that has secondary therapeutic effects as an anti-spasmodic.

Clonus refers to a rapid contraction/relaxation sequence of a stimulated muscle. She probably noticed a "quivering" during one of the sensory tests.

There's really no animal as "adult onset CP", other than post-stroke symptoms, though in rare cases anoxia can occur in toddlers, resulting in CP symptoms.

Christine, I would keep in touch with your neuro, but other than that I wouldn't be too concerned. If you've lived nearly half a century with mild, mild symptoms, I'd be willing to wager the farm that you'll get another 49 without this being more than a minor inconvenience.

Hope this helps!

Kyle