POLL: How many have Babinski Reflex?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bunnyfluff, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    That is where when someone drags something along the bottom of your foot your toes curl upward instead of down.

    See below:

    Babinski reflex: An important neurologic test based, believe it or not, upon what the big toe does when the sole of the foot is stimulated. If the big toe goes up, that may mean trouble.

    The Babinski reflex is obtained by stimulating the external portion (the outside) of the sole. The examiner begins the stimulation back at the heel and goes forward to the base of the toes. There are diverse ways to elicit Babinski response. A useful way that requires no special equipment is with firm pressure from the examiner's thumb. Just stroke the sole firmly with the thumb from back to front along the outside edge.

    Care must be taken not to overdo it. Too vigorous stimulation may cause withdrawal of the foot or toe, which can be mistaken as a Babinski response.

    The Babinski reflex is characterized by extension of the great toe and also by fanning of the other toes.

    Most newborn babies are not neurologically mature and therefore show a Babinski response. Upon stimulation of the sole, they extend the great toe . Many young infants do this, too, and it is perfectly normal. However, in time during infancy the Babinski response vanishes and, under normal circumstances, should never return.

    A Babinski response in an older child or adult is abnormal. It is a sign of a problem in the central nervous system (CNS), most likely in a part called the pyramidal tract.

    Asymmetry of the Babinski response -- when it is present on one side but not the other -- is abnormal. It is a sign not merely of trouble but helps to lateralize that trouble (tell which side of the CNS is involved).

    The Babinski reflex is known by a number of other names: the plantar response (because the sole is the plantar surface of the foot), the toe or big toe sign or phenomenon, the Babinski phenomenon or sign. (It is wrong to say that the Babinski reflex is positive or negative; it is present or absent).

    Babinski, despite the Slavic sound of the name, was French: Joseph Francois Felix Babinski (1857-1932). He will never be forgotten in medicine, thanks to the reflex he found.

    I have this- but always thought it was NORMAL!!! My husband has often commented on how he could NEVER make his foot do that no matter how hard he tried! I wondered why the Neurologist kept looking at my foot funny during the exam.

    Have someone do this to your foot and see if you have this, too!
    [This Message was Edited on 04/25/2006]
  2. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    I just found out that I am abnormal....but I should not be surprised.......LOL.....I pick up things with my toes, always have. The second toe, that is next to the big toe. is longer than my big toe. Runs in the family. Stress always has affected my feet also.....the toes curl up and I get cramps and charley horses....hurts Susan
  3. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    I just tried doing this to myself, and NOTHING. But,,,,,I have no ankle of knee reflexes either when the doctors pound you with their little hammer. Hmmmmmm is about all I get out of them.
  4. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    Just like you can't tickle yourself. You need to have someone else do it to you.
  5. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    For me, the Babinski reflex appears to be present!

    I was interested to see that, on one website, it is mentioned that the reflex can be permanent or temporary.[This Message was Edited on 04/25/2006]
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I read the B. R. was a test for syphilis. Nowdays, of course, they have blood tests, etc.
  7. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    Which is a hallmark of problems for a lot of us.

    Actually, it can help them detect wether or not you have a tumor on your spinal column. And technically, once Babinski is found, the pain, tingling, loss of sensation, muscle coordination , strength, etc, is pretty easily isolated to a specific area of the spinal column!!

    More often, the damage is being caused by degeneration of the spine in specific areas. But, small tumors or lesions can show up on MRI's.

    Also, demylenation can be present to cause the problem, as in MS. People with MS often present with Babinski.

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