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sneeze reflex

PostPosted: July 3rd, 2014, 5:13 am
by Antologia
Still hoping this is all something psychological....

-may 2013 twitching and pins & Needles
-oct 2013 excess saliva feeling, not drooling, just more swallowing and more phlegm
-jan 2013 EMG normal, neuro test normal
-jun 2014 light swallowing problems with dry food as bread and potatoes, moving/cramping toe (see other topic)
-july 2014 no sneeze reflex

I'm very allergic to dust. I sneeze all the time. Last week I notices the sneeze would build up, but I couldn't sneeze. The last 2 days I can't sneeze at all and the sneeze doesn't build up as well. Even if I inhale old dust, pepper or pick hair from my eyebrow, which usually makes me sneeze immediately.

Any thought on this one? Could this be BFS related? Anxiety? Or should I really start to worrie now... (which of course I do)

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: July 3rd, 2014, 11:21 pm
by Yuliasir
Antologia,
complete loss of sneeze reflex is a strange symptom really. Sneezing is a non-conditional reflex and involves a hell of neural routes, I mean several nerves, so it ould be interrupted in quite a lot of locations...
Do you still sneeze sometimes, I means spontnaneously?

If not, it might be worth to see a neuro again (but as far as I remember there was at least one more report here about inability to sneeze).
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19897&p=149217&hilit=sneeze#p149217

seems like she had never came back, hope her counselling was successful.

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: July 4th, 2014, 10:31 am
by Antologia
Hi Yuliasir,

Thanks for your reply and telling me about this other thread. I could'nt find much about this on google, so I know this is a really strange symptom, not really matching with ALS (thank god) either. I found some cases in which they told about a tumor in the medulla actually. This is not something you want to have, so hopefully this is not the case.

I do not sneeze at all, even not occasionally. So strange. I do feel the sneeze building up, very far away. Even that feeling is not what it use to be. Pepper, dust, pinching eyebrow or nose hair, it all won't help. It just doesn't work anymore.

I made an appointment with my neuro next monday. I will let you know what he thinks of this.

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: August 5th, 2014, 11:18 pm
by leaflea
Antologia, update please as promised :/)

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: August 9th, 2014, 2:43 am
by SuziQ
Antologia wrote:Still hoping this is all something psychological....

-may 2013 twitching and pins & Needles
-oct 2013 excess saliva feeling, not drooling, just more swallowing and more phlegm
-jan 2013 EMG normal, neuro test normal
-jun 2014 light swallowing problems with dry food as bread and potatoes, moving/cramping toe (see other topic)
-july 2014 no sneeze reflex

I'm very allergic to dust. I sneeze all the time. Last week I notices the sneeze would build up, but I couldn't sneeze. The last 2 days I can't sneeze at all and the sneeze doesn't build up as well. Even if I inhale old dust, pepper or pick hair from my eyebrow, which usually makes me sneeze immediately.

Any thought on this one? Could this be BFS related? Anxiety? Or should I really start to worrie now... (which of course I do)


YES! I experienced this twice during my early days of symptomatic BFS. I was never able to get any confirmation of its relation (if any,) but I always just assumed it was connected to BFS, since it occurred at the same season of my life.

It is a bizarre, painful and frustrating sensation, isn't it? I think there may have only been one other person on the forum who described the same symptom. I joked that I was missing the "choo" part of my "aah-choo"

Mine resolved after about a month, and it happened to me twice. The second time I think was a shorter duration, but I don't recall how long.

Hope this helps.

Sue

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: August 9th, 2014, 3:01 am
by SuziQ
And here's a thread I found from another BFS'er with problems sneezing...
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11738&p=83447&hilit=sneeze#p83447

Re: sneeze reflex

PostPosted: August 18th, 2014, 8:31 am
by Antologia
Hi guys,

Just want to inform you all that my sneeze reflex came back after 4 weeks. Don't know what happend, but it matches the other stories about it on this forum. Maybe it is BFS related?

Greetz