When I was checking a patient's reflexes last week, I apparently gave her a little tap on the olecranon. I've never seen a person react that way to being tapped with a rubber hammer. I mean, occasionally people say "ow" or something. But this woman asked for an ICE PACK, which I gave her and she used for all of 30 seconds. She showed me her elbow and complained that it was all red (it wasn't).
Then at the end of the visit:
Patient: "Is my elbow still red?"
Me: "No." (it never was)
Patient: "Can I see that hammer you used?"
Patient: "I want to look at it. What is it made out of? Steel?"
Me: "No, rubber."
She wasn't satisfied until I took out my reflex hammer and showed it to her. I think that needing an ice pack after having your reflexes checked should count as a Waddell's sign.