My Right Knee Didn't React To The Hammer Thump

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by BeHereNow97, Feb 6, 2023.

  1. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    @REO6205 If it's alright with you, I would really appreciate it if you could please leave this thread in the the Questions From New Drivers section for maybe several days until you move it to the Health section of the forum, that way I can get some eyeballs on this (the Health section of the forum isn't nearly as active as the Questions From New Drivers is). If you don't mind, of course.

    So I recently got my Medical card renewed. The doctor did the thing where he thumps both your knees with a small hammer. Well, my right knee did not twitch at all, but my left knee twitched the first time he thumped it. He thumped my right knee probably a good 5-10 times in total (I didn't really count), and while I certainly could feel the hammer and while it wasn't pleasant, it wasn't really painful. Although it wasn't really painful in my left knee though either and my left knee still jumped/twitched when he thumped it. But my right knee just would not move or "jump" to the hammer thumping it.

    I asked the doctor if my right knee was supposed to twitch/jump when he thumped it, and he said yes. I asked him if I should be worried about it and he said no because my left knee reacted and sometimes a certain knee won't react for whatever reason.

    Well, I googled it and now I'm kind of worried. WebMD says it could be a sign of a health problem.

    About Me:

    Average height, average/healthy weight, younger side, blood pressure measured for my medical exam was 85 systolic and 60 disastolic (which doctor said was low but nothing to worry about) and my urinalysis was 1.005 (but I chugged a bottle water/16 oz diet coke right before because I forgot I had to pee for these tests and he was closing in half an hour so I had to make sure I peed before he closed).

    I obviously know if I have any medical concerns I need to see an actual doctor, so please do not think I'm subsituting you guys for a doctor. But I still want to ask, has anybody ever not had one of their knees react when the doctor thumps it with the hammer?

    How worried should I be about this as a younger man? Have any of you had your knee not react to the hammer one year when you got your medical exam done, but maybe 1 or 2 years after when you renewed your medical exam both knees reacted appropriately to the hammer thump?

    Could this be caused by trucking somehow (I do OTR no touch freight, just for reference)?
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  3. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 15, 2020
    I also wanted to add that I run 2 miles in about 20 minutes with no leg/knee pain and I drive an automatic truck. Just to add more context.
  4. Star Rider

    Star Rider Medium Load Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    When I was wrenching and a part wouldn't move, I would use a bigger hammer, might be worth a try.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2023
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    I would not worry about it if the doctor was not worried about it... according to webmd I probably should've died 10 years ago with all the problems I apparently have...
  6. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    Don’t self diagnose. Give your family doctor a call and go from there. There’s nothing wrong with a second opinion, but get that second opinion from a respected & educated source.
  7. JSanborn103

    JSanborn103 Medium Load Member

    Jan 20, 2021
    Go to a doctor. Googling medical issues almost always results in panic.

  8. Coolbreezin

    Coolbreezin Light Load Member

    Jun 11, 2016
  9. supergreatguy

    supergreatguy Heavy Load Member

    Nov 26, 2020
  10. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The Twilight Zone
    I'm sorry but this thread reminds me of a time a Doctor almost got hit in the mouth after using that hammer on my knee. About a week or so I had a syncope (passed out) on a sidewalk and had a very deep sore directly on my left knee because of it. My very first Neurologist was an idiot. This man hit my right knee then my left knee. That moron hit my left knee directly at the site of that open sore. It was about the size of a Kennedy half-dollar coin. I had a small bandage over it. He opened the sore up and a nurse had to come and help me get the bleeding to stop. I'm not a hothead, but I wanted to hit that idiot so badly. I did tell him it would be a snowy day in hell before I saw him again.
  11. jaffles

    jaffles Light Load Member

    Oct 18, 2017
    Op, as a younger man I started a psychology degree. We would all sit in the lecture as the lecturer would describe different symptoms for various illnesses. Virtually the whole class felt like they could subscribe to the illness as they could relate to some or several parts of the condition. Google is a bit like this. There are a lot of other factors that go into a diagnosis to consider.

    Find a GP you get along with around your age or younger, and start a relationship with them building a history of your health.

    Also as we age, because after about mid 20's the human body starts to decline, it can do weird things. Much of it is random and comes and goes. Kudos to you for paying attention, just don't become the doctors mouse on a wheel.
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