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absent reflexes

tammycttammyc Posts: 894
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i was just wondering if anyone knows what it means if you have absent reflexes. before my surgery the surgery staff tested my reflexes and i had absent reflexes.i know that it probably wasn't a good sign but i never found out what exactly it meant.


  • I don't know the answer to that. Just wanted to say hi. Maybe someone else will be along soon who knows the answer to your question.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I have arflexia or the right patellar tendon....right knee...I have only had fusion surgery on my Cervical spine...fused C4-C7....doctors really don't say why that reflex is absent. Surgeon is now watching narrowing in my L4L5 with bone spurs....I'm starting to think they really don't know. I do have perm nerve damage in my cervical spine which has lead to radiculopathy, muscle atrophy and parathesis....

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  • There is another post on here similar to this. I had many absent or hyper reflexes post surgery as well. Mine were an indicator of both nerve and spinal cord damage. However, this can be different for everyone depending on the situation, medications and other factors. Some of my reflexes are returning to normal (the ones indicating spinal cord damage) and others are not.

    The only person who can really answer this is your surgeon. A lot can happen in the few weeks and months after surgery so don't give up or think that things will never return.

    Good healing!

  • I had posted about my reflexes being worse than they were...Used to be able to hit those spots and everything would fling up high and fast. Now it seems like they don't do much, although my dr. said they weren't too bad, but comparatively they are not where they once were in my arms! It's nerve damage from the spinal cord, I think.

    But I have to ask, how was the surgery and how are you feeling after? You had the same surgery that I need, so I am naturally curious to see how it went, how you feel, etc.

    Gentle hugs,

  • Hey Cindy nice to hear from you again! :)
    Griff the last time i was at the surgeons office my reflexes were still very hyper in my legs,for some reason i don't remember how my arms were.Probably because i was so shocked about my legs.
    i still have pain since my surgery but its nothing like what it was before i had it.Before it was dibilitating now it feels more like just normal muscular pain from working my muscles.I had a lot of positive changes since my surgery.I would do it again in a second.The surgery wasn't as bad as i expected it to be.I spent two days in the hospital.I only wore a neck brace when i was up moving around for the first three weeks and then only in the car after that.After about the first two months i weaned myself off the pain meds. and now i only take my nerve pain med. i'm not sure if i'll ever be able to get off it.I've tried once to decrease it but i started getting a burning sensation all over and had to increase it again,but i'm going to keep trying because i don't like take meds. all the time.When they were testing my reflexes at the surgeons they were talking to each other he had a trainee with him and saying that something wouldn't get any better i asked them to explain to me what they were talking about,he just said that there was some damage because of the cord being compressed for so long,he said it wouldn't get any better but wouldn't get worse either.They wouldn't really allaborate on what they were talking about.i was so bad off before the surgery and now i do things that i hadn't done in five years.i know that the surgery saved my life.
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  • tammyc,
    I have to say that I am in paul and griffs shoes with reflexes. I have spinal cord damage and it is very strange what they can do. At my IME and friend that came with me about fell of the chair laughing when the doc checked my arm reflexes, the right arm was normal, but when he hit me on the left, :O not a thing happened, he hit harder, still nothing and he tried again with no luck, finally he tried the funny bone and got just a little rise out of my hand :? it was one of those times you had to see the look on the doc's face. I know some of these things are not going to get better, but I am much better now than I was when all of this started last November. Keep getting better and look at the good things you can do today.
  • Your definitely right! I have so much that is better now then before and i keep getting better.Small strides but at least i'm improving. ;) I'm finding rehab so much harder then i thought it was going to be and that tends to get me down sometimes,but my therapist always shows me where i've improved already. I just wish i could do it witout the pain.LOL :D I have so much to work on that i think i have to start thinking about it in small strides instead of this huge battle that i have.
  • it seems most people who have had cervical fusions-- have problems with reflexes- either they are hyperreflexia(fast)or none, from my understanding it's damage to the nerves,my nerosurgeon told me that,before my surgery i had hyperreflexia and clonus- and after surgery i still have hyperreflexia. hope this answered some questions
  • i know what happens when you have hyper reflexes but what happens when your reflexes are absent.what kind of symptoms would you exhibit then?
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