Positive Hoffmann's Reflex and Brain Lesion...MS?

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Positive Hoffmann's Reflex and Brain Lesion...MS?

Postby bumblingb33 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:28 pm

Hello! New to the site and new to everything that has been going on with my body!
I have always had daily headaches and frequent migraines. Recently, I started to have dizzy spells and a tingling sensation on the top of my head. Assuming I had some kind of inner ear problem, I went to my GP who sent me to pain management. There, the doctor flicked my finger and tested all of my reflexes, citing that I had tested positive for the Hoffmann's reflex and had "very reactive reflexes". He ordered an MRI of my brain and neck, and while the neck looked "fine", the brain showed a lesion "smaller than a chestnut, but larger than a pea". When I came in to review my results, he mentioned I'd need another MRI of my brain with contrast to see if there was any inflammation, and that I would now be seeing a specialist to get a spinal tap for an official diagnosis and neck injections for the pain.
I literally have all of the signs of MS...particularly fatigue...which has made it very difficult to watch my two young toddlers! I'm only 27 and am very concerned at this point, but curious as to if anyone has experienced a false positive for these tests? Or has anyone gone through something similar? I'm really unsure as to what they would do about the brain lesion regardless of the diagnosis. It's not that fun knowing you've got abnormalities in one of your major organs. :(
TIA and thanks for reading!
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Re: Positive Hoffmann's Reflex and Brain Lesion...MS?

Postby want2bike » Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Thing like MRI with contrast and spinal taps have risk. Make sure you understand the risk of these procedures. There could be side effects with these procedures. Make it your decision if you feel it is necessary. Make sure you understand the risk vs benefits of all these test. You will have to make a decision whether you want the drugs or not. Many treat this disease with diet. Check out all the options because it is your health.


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Re: Positive Hoffmann's Reflex and Brain Lesion...MS?

Postby NHE » Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:03 am

Hi bumblingb33,
Welcome to ThisIsMS. MS is a diagnosis of exclusion. One of the conditions that needs to be eliminated as a possibility is a vitamin B12 deficiency as it can mimic many of the symptoms of MS including fatigue, brain and spinal lesions and oligoclonal bands in CSF from a spinal tap. Has your doctor tested you for B12 deficiency yet?
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Re: Positive Hoffmann's Reflex and Brain Lesion...MS?

Postby lyndacarol » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:40 am

Hi bumblingb,

Please check your new messages.
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