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Myoclonus

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Sudden muscle jerk: Myoclonus is a sudden limb or trunk jerk which is involuntary. It can be associated with sleep issues, both benign and disruptive, but also can be a ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
It is a condition: Myoclunus just means jumping or jerking limbs. Usually it is the legs but can be any muscle. At night it may wake you up causing daytime fatigue. I ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
Anticonvulsant meds: Usually this is treated with klonopin, but Neurontin (gabapentin) and other anticonvulsant meds may help. Make sure to distinguish between myoclonus ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
It is a condition: Myoclunus just means jumping or jerking limbs. Usually it is the legs but can be any muscle. As night it may wake you up causing daytime fatigue. I ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Sudden jumps: Myoclonus is a brief shocklike muscle jerk lasting about a second. It can be focal or widespread and is caused by a problem in the central nervous sy ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Positive myoclonus : is a symptom, not a disease. Sudden, brief involuntary contractions of a muscle or muscle group, like hiccups, , the motor component of being startl ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Fishman
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Generalized Seizure: Myoclonic seizures are a type of generalized convulsive seizure characterized by brief, repetitive muscle contractions. (the prefix myo- means muscle. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Jerking: Myoclonus refers to unpredictable and uncontrollable jerking of muscles. Any muscle or muscle group can be involved.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Noel Alonso
22 years experience in Pediatrics
A form of epilepsy..: Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Baldwin
14 years experience in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Maybe not: True myoclonic jerks are sudden and may involve limbs and/or trunk. If uncontrolled, pts may fall, hit nearby objects, drop hot liquids, etc, with va ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
28 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type o ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Generalized seizures: These seizures have 2phases. The first is a generalized stiffening of the body. The second consists of jerking movements of the extremities one trunk
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience in Pediatrics
Blood tests: Benign myoclonus is a diagnosis that they must make after excluding other causes. They will test your baby for several things to be sure that their di ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Whole lotta shaking: As jerry lee lewis says. Grand mal seizures are the kind of seizure that most people think of: people pass out, and their muscles contract violently. ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gamal Boutros
38 years experience in Neurology
Loss of tone: Some complex epileptic have drop attacks=fall to the floor because of loss of muscle tone in legs usually have other seizures like tonic= totally sti ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Seizure: entire body: It can occur in people of any age. They may occur once (single episode), or as part of a repeated, chronic condition (epilepsy).Many have vision, tast ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Common condition: About 1 percent of all children will have symptoms of benign focal seizures. The eeg will show focal polyphasic discharges in the central-temporal re ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Jerking: Myoclonus refers to unpredictable and uncontrollable jerking of muscles. Any muscle or muscle group can be involved.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Petit mal: Petit mal (Fr. 'little illness) or absence seizures are forms which are characterized by a brief alteration of consciousness, and usually not followed ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Nocturnal epilepsy: Some are. Others are not. Most neurologists would be able to tell you if they feel that yours is genetic based.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
22 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Some patient exhibit psychogenic dystnia also.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might b ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
22 years experience in Neurology
Not muscle : Myoclonus is a neurological sign that is due to elevated reflexes. Elevated reflexes, particularly if just on one side, can represent a spinal cord o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Chengot
42 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: YEs need evalaution and correct treatments
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Medications: Most often daytime myoclonus can respond to Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but nocturnal myoclonus is different, and we use drugs such as Requip ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Que Chu
Dr. Que Chu answered
45 years experience in General Practice
It is different: Focal epilepsy (localization-related epilepsy) is due to focal brain pathology or part of genetic syndrome or unknown cause. Many types of focal epile ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
Myoclonus: Myoclonus has myriad causes including hereditary, infection, nervous system injury, drug reaction or tumor etc.. In your history it does not show t ... Read More
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A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. Magdy Mikhail
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Myoclonus only : The disease state is only the presence of myoclonus and not its absence.Myoclonus which is a sign elicited by the clinician on examining the patients ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Try hydroquinone: Depending on the severity and the location, topical creams like hydroquinone may help. See your dermatologist for recommendations specific to your sk ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Not familial: I'm sorry about your grandmother and I am glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health. The syndrome you describe is usually due to anti-ri ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Several medicines seem to prevent myoclonus in both epilepsy and other conditions. The best accepted include Depakote and keppra (levetiracetam). So ... Read More

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