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is myclonus jerks a commom symptom of fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
Myoclonic jerks: Myoclonic jerks, especially at night, are fairly common events (as long as we're talking about just an occasional jerk) in normal people. They are not specifically a feature of fibromyalgia. The connection might be that fibromyalgia is associated with poor sleep quality, and the cumulative lack of sleep is likely to make myoclonic jerks happen more often in susceptible persons.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
35 years experience Pain Management
No: Fibromyalgia causes pain but does not affect the nerves that go to muscles. However, if you are taking a morphine like pain reliever for treatment of the fibromyalgia, this can cause myoclonic jerks. If this is the cause, it will go away if you decrease the dose of the pain medication.
Answered on Apr 22, 2013
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Myoclonic jerks have nothing to do with fibromyalgia directly.
Mar 30, 2012

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