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MS Signs vs. Symptoms: What is the Babinski Sign?

Lisa Emrich Health Guide January 14, 2011
  • While I’m sitting on the exam table with my legs dangling, the neurologist reaches for a metal object.  He’s already poked me several times with the safety pin so I’m wondering what he plans to do with this larger pointy thing.  He grasps my foot and scraps the object on t...

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  • Cathy
    Health Guide
    Jan. 14, 2011

    I learned something new today!  Thank you, Lisa.

  • Maris B. Mohr
    Jan. 17, 2011

    Hi Lisa,

     

    Thanks. I've known about my Babinsky thing since one neuro visit when he had students with him (it's a teaching hospital) and he pointed it out to them. Now I understand more about what it is. Thanks.

     

    What I also know is that there are some lesions in my c-spine. They were first observed by  a spine specialist when I did my first...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Lisa,

     

    Thanks. I've known about my Babinsky thing since one neuro visit when he had students with him (it's a teaching hospital) and he pointed it out to them. Now I understand more about what it is. Thanks.

     

    What I also know is that there are some lesions in my c-spine. They were first observed by  a spine specialist when I did my first MRI in search of pinched nerves or something in my screwed up spine that was causing total numbness on the entire right side of my body (head to toe). The bottom line of the MRI was that there were lesions there and I should see a neuro with suspicion of MS. That became definite with the next MRI.

     

    When I walk without shoes, even if I've got socks on, all of my toes pop up and I walk on my heels, the outside side and balls of my feet. I have to say that this is the least painful of all of my signs and sx.

     

    Feel good,

    Maris

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Feb. 09, 2011

      Hi Maris,

       

      Very interesting to be see at a teaching hospital.  I would enjoy hearing what the lessons are for the students.  Glad that this particular issue doesn't give you pain. 

       

      Have a good day, my friend.

       

      Lisa

  • Kate
    Jan. 16, 2011

    What would make the Babinski sign be negitive sometimes and possitive sometime. I have had a negitive Babinski and the doctor did it twice in a row and my big toe jumped up and my other toes spread out. He said to me that only happens to people with spasicity. At that time I didn't suppect ms and either did he. Now that my doctor suppects ms my test is normal....

    RHMLucky777

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    What would make the Babinski sign be negitive sometimes and possitive sometime. I have had a negitive Babinski and the doctor did it twice in a row and my big toe jumped up and my other toes spread out. He said to me that only happens to people with spasicity. At that time I didn't suppect ms and either did he. Now that my doctor suppects ms my test is normal. Doesn't make sence to me.

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Feb. 09, 2011

      Hi Kate,

       

      The Babinski sign can change if the damage in your spinal cord is repairing itself.  I believe that mine has been present more noticeably during relapses.

       

      I'm not sure how spasticity would affect the Babinski sign, unless there was a subtle difference in the test given.

       

      Hope that testing is going well for you now that doctors...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Kate,

       

      The Babinski sign can change if the damage in your spinal cord is repairing itself.  I believe that mine has been present more noticeably during relapses.

       

      I'm not sure how spasticity would affect the Babinski sign, unless there was a subtle difference in the test given.

       

      Hope that testing is going well for you now that doctors suspect MS.  Please let me know how that goes.