Hyporeflexia is a condition where your body does not produce enough receptors for certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. You may have some symptoms of hyporeflexia. If you do not have any symptoms, then it means that your body does not make enough receptors for these neurotransmitters.
Symptoms of Hyporeflexia:
Depression or anxiety (depressed mood)
Difficulty concentrating (difficulties with concentration)
Fatigue or loss of energy (fatigued feeling)
Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting spells (dizzy feeling, light headedness and faintness).
Hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t there)
Irritability or aggression (irritation, anger, hostility)
Loss of memory (loss of memories)
Nausea or vomiting (vomiting feelings)
Panic attacks (sudden, unexpected panic)
Sleep disturbances (sleep problems, sleep deprivation)
Sleeping too much (excessive sleeping)
Stomach problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains)
Tremors or shaking (shaking)
Tingling or numbness (tingling numbness)
Trouble speaking (trouble talking, stuttering)
Weight gain (weight loss)
These are the most common symptoms of hyporeflexia. If you have some or many of these issues, then it is best to have yourself checked out by a doctor.
There are two types of hyporeflexia: major and minor.
Major hyporeflexia is when you do not produce enough neurotransmitters for your brain to use. You will have many of the symptoms listed above. You will also be more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety and have significant problems with attention and focus.
Minor hyporeflexia is when your body produces enough of the neurotransmitters for your brain to use, but not enough to make you feel good or at the very least prevent you from feeling bad. With mild hyporeflexia, you will still have some of the symptoms listed above, but to a lesser degree.
To diagnose hyporeflexia, a doctor will perform several tests. They will do a physical examination of your body and ask you several questions about your lifestyle and your medical history. During this time, they will try to rule out other conditions that could cause the symptoms that you are experiencing. They may or may not test your blood for certain chemicals and minerals. In some cases, they may also do CT scans, MRI scans, or EEGs.
There is no cure for hyporeflexia, however, there are many ways to manage the symptoms. Most people choose medication to help relieve the symptoms. Medications such as SSRI’s and tricyclic antidepressants can help relieve or manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are also certain supplements that can help improve your serotonin and dopamine levels. One example is 5-HTP.
Some people like to use more natural ways to relieve their symptoms. Some examples of these are exercise, yoga, or meditation. These activities can help boost your serotonin and dopamine levels as well as give you a chance to relieve any pent up stress or frustration you may have.
Hyporeflexia and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and have hyporeflexia, the best thing to do is to be on the safe side and discuss your condition with your doctor. Certain ways you may manage your hyporeflexia may not be safe during pregnancy, so it is important to be in contact with your physician at all times. Pregnancy is already a very trying experience for the body. Being pregnant while having to deal with any type of ailment can be stressful. So make sure you take the time to relax and reduce stress at every chance you get.
Hyporeflexia and Fertility
If you are hyporeflexic and you are having trouble getting pregnant, there is no need to worry. There is no proven link between hyporeflexia and infertility. So if you are having trouble getting pregnant, it may be due to other factors. Make sure you speak to your doctor to rule out any other possible issues.
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