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Hyper-reflexia in 5 year old

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  • Posted By: worriedmominohio
  • January 17, 2008
  • 08:12 AM

My son was diagnosed at 3 1/2 years old with hyper-reflexia diplegia (not sure on that spelling) and extremly flat feet. MRI on brain and spine came back ok. Now at 5 years old the hyper-reflexia in his right leg has gotten worse and his right foot is now turning in towards his left leg, toes pointing to left leg. Speech is slighty slurred but understandable most of the time. Behavioral problems, poor balance and cordination. Twitches/Tremors daily in both legs. Moodswings, depression, feeling of invincablity, hard time controling anger.

He was born at 36 wks with low blood sugar, low body temp and jaundice. Jaudice cleared up at 6 wks and body temp began to balance out upon leaving the hospital. Hasn't had blood sugar tested since he was 2 years old. Tremors/twitches where noticed in left leg shorly after birth but no testing was done just told to wait it out.

Just wondering if anyone knows of anything that could cause these problems. Neurologist is just not sure at this point what could be the cause so they just keep making sure it isn't getting much worse, put him in physical therapy, order speeched therapy and councling.

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  • hypereflexia suggests an upper motor neuron syndrome. I would look into the possiblilty of your child having cerebral palsy , as this can manifest in ranges from mild to severe.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 04:36 AM
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  • I am so sorry you and your son are going through this. I hope you get answers soon. Have you considered trying another neurologist? There has to be an explanation. Since he had some symptoms since birth, it could be cerebral palsy...This is a total stab in the dark, and I have not heard of a child so young having this yet, but has your doctor checked thyroid antibodies at all? There's a "new" illness out there called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Most neurologists and other doctors have never heard of it, but it could cause your son's symptoms. Most patients who have it have normal thyroid hormone levels. Again, this is a long shot, if everything else turns up negative. Your best bet is to take your son to as many neurologists as it takes to figure out what is wrong. There HAS to be an explanation for it. It's just a matter of finding the doctor who can figure it out. I had to go to 8 neurologists to find out I had HE. It was very frustrating, but I am so glad I did not give up.Best Wishes to you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 06:29 AM
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