Welcome to Just Answer. I am an Adult Neurologist and was contacted to answer your question.
Hello. he did a Hoffman's sign test
that is a test to check your cervical spinal cord and brain
to see if there is a problem of the motor pathways in that area
what is normal?
well normal is a non-exaggerated response
so your middle finger does not jerk excessively
it is comparitive left and right
the left did feel "dead"
he was checking you for demyelinating diseases like subacute combined degeneration
which is vit B12 deficiency
or MS, or any disease like lupus vasculitis, etc, that can effect the brain and spinal cord
well it can be dead in a peripheral nerve problem,
like a neuropathy, or pinched nerve in your neck
on that left side
my whole left side feels asleep, from face to top of foot
did you get an MRI of your brain? do you have hypertension, diabetes
any medical disorders?
im waiting for insurance to ok the mri w/contrast. and I have dm2.
if you have DM2
you can have a thalamic stroke, a lacunar stroke
and have one sided numbnesss, face, arm and leg
the MRI will show it
that would be the most likely cause
what is thalamic and lacunar?
the thalamus is an area deep in the brain
it is a white matter area
and it has very small blood vessels which supply it
when you have diabetes, you can close up those small blood vessels
and cause a "lacunar" stroke, which is a small area in the thalamus that has lost blood supply
it is in the "pathways" of sensation, so it disrupts your sensation to the entire side of your body
is it called a pure sensory stroke
it is part of having "microvascular' disease of the brain
ok,can it be seen with an mri? is there treatment or reocurrance issues?
it is seen on the MRI
treatment is better control of your diabetes, and taking a medication to thin your blood
either aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix) or both
but you need that MRI first, they are giving you contrast to exclude a tumor or some other cause
multiple sclerosis, or what I stated earlier
but if this came on suddenly,
thank you so very much you answered all my questions.
it suggest vascular
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