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what is clonus and how does it come by stroke?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 20, 2009
  • 08:11 PM

im a 43 yr old female i had three strokes whithin a matter of months at age 33. now im having more problems with walking in my left leg it bounces like a sewing machine needle
my dr. said its clonus but didnt really make it clear how 10 almost 11 years later it is worse? and will probablly get worse im in a wheelchair when i leave my home because walking to far is impossible . the bouncing is even worse now and im confused as to why?

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  • I'm not certain why your doctor would not explain this to you, but clonus is a deep tendon response that produces rhythmic contractions elicited by hyperflexion of the tendon. Clonus is a neurological sign and not to be confused with myoclonus, which is the sometimes rhythmic, but often more spastic, contraction of a muscle or muscle group. Myoclonus can often be observed in cases where hemiparesis is evident subsequent to stroke, but can also occur in any disease that impairs neurological conduction to the affected limb or muscle group. Unfortunately, myoclonus is a condition that tends to grow worse because it is the consequence of diminished or truncated neurological control over the affected muscle group. In your specific case, it would not be considered unusual for the myoclonus to worsen over time. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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    • February 21, 2009
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