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My abdominal muscles jerk involuntarily (almost like doing stomach crunches). Neurologist has run numerous tests and everything came back normal so diagnosed with spinal myoclonus. Second opinion?

My abdominal muscles jerk involuntarily (almost like doing stomach crunches). Neurologist has run numerous tests and everything came back normal so diagnosed with spinal myoclonus. Second opinion?

Myoclonus: You have an unusual syndrome! If this is caused by spinal myoclonus, you should have an MRI of your thoracic and lumbar spine to evaluate for spinal cord problems as the cause. In many people, no definitive cause is found. ...Read more

Myoclonus (Definition)

Brief shock like muscle jerk either focal in a limb or more widespread in the body, usually due to some central nervous system pathology. However, can also be a normal ...Read more


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What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

Rare: Opsoclonus myoclonus is a rare neurological disorder characterized by unsteady gait, intention tremor myoclonus (brief, shock-like muscle spasms), and opsoclonus (irregular, rapid, horizontal and vertical eye movements). Other symptoms may include dysphasia (difficulty speaking), dysarthria (poorly articulated speech), lethargy, irritability, malaise. It occurs in viral illnesses and tumors. ...Read more

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Suffer from myoclonus. Any ideas on treatments?

Suffer from myoclonus. Any ideas on treatments?

Medications: Most often daytime myoclonus can respond to Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but nocturnal myoclonus is different, and we use drugs such as Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus does it go away?

BNSM: It is a benign condition and once the diagnosis is firmly established, it requires no treatment and generally disappears within the first year of life with only a few reports of it continuing longer into infancy, but not beyond. There are no known permanent complications. A main goal is early diagnosis to prevent unnecessary extensive medical diagnostics that can be expensive/disruptive to family. ...Read more

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Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Yes: The tensor tympani tendon can be cut by an otologic surgeon under local anesthesia or with sedation. This is a fairly easy procedure. There is one pitfall and that is you may become more sensitive to loud sounds. But myoclonus of the middle ear muscle (s) can be very annoying and if persistent, surgery can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Is myoclonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Sorry, kiddo: The minimum age requirement for posting on HealthTap is 16. Sorry, your writing is better than a lot of the grownups who post here - at leest you can spel! - but rules are rules. There's no reason an adult can't post questions on your behalf, however. ...Read more

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Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

See below: If these are truly myoclonic seizures, you should talk with an epileptologist, but I have found Levetiracetam (keppra) to be particularly useful for this type of seizure. ...Read more

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How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child?

How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child?

Very benign: Neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in infants up to 2- 3 months of age. They grow out of it after that without any residuals or consequences. This seizure like activities may be confused with real seizures. But this clonus occurs only when babies are asleep, and stops jerking movement when you wake them up, and usually all 4 extremities, arms and legs jerk. ...Read more

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When I try to sleep I suddenly shock. What are the causes of sleep myoclonus? Is it dangerous? Happens 15-25 a night

When I try to sleep I suddenly shock. What are the causes of sleep myoclonus? Is it dangerous? Happens 15-25 a night

Sleeping issues: You have two things to do:
1: See your primary doctor as soon as you can!
2: Please see a Psychologist to help you calm down.

Should turn out OK - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Would a massage help with myoclonus? What does it mean exactly about the muscle? Are they tense or weak? Please help dr.

Would a massage help with myoclonus? What does it mean exactly about the muscle? Are they tense or weak? Please help dr.

Go get evaluation: If you really have myoclonus, it has to be evaluated. It is not the muscles that is a concern but rather the nerves that control those muscle movements starting from the spine to the brain. It is hard to make a diagnosis without proper exam and observation. Focal seizures can cause such activities and have to be evaluated as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby was diagnosed with benign myoclonus of infancy and needs to get blood tests. What kind of blood tests will she need to get?

My baby was diagnosed with benign myoclonus of infancy and needs to get blood tests. What kind of blood tests will she need to get?

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 diagnosis is correct including metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with palatal myoclonus. What medical treatment is nest for myoclonus? Is Functional Cranial Release (FCR) a valid treatment?

Myoclonus: Often medical providers use medication to treat myoclonus. Sometimes palatal myoclonus does not need any treatment. Here is a link to more information about myoclonus:
http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus. Htm

I cannot find any medical literature supporting the use of FCR. I would not recommend it until it has been well-studied. ...Read more

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I have fibro and now myoclonus when I start to relax. Also place in my neck when I tap it my neck jerks. The jerking does not hurt. Causes please?

Holistic approach.: From the psychological point of view!
When we talk about healing, we are often thinking about physical healing alone; we locate the source of pain in our body and attempt to alleviate it. But beyond the body, treatment encompasses feelings, emotions, memory, attitude etc. All need to be considered and treated well. ...Read more

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I’ve been diagnosed by a specialist with Tensor Tympani Myoclonus. Due to the extreme rarity I am unable to get much medical advice if you can help.

I’ve been diagnosed by a specialist with Tensor Tympani Myoclonus. Due to the extreme rarity I am unable to get much medical advice if you can help.

The tensor tympani: Is a tiny muscle in the middle ear. Myoclonus means the muscle is in spasm, contracting frequently, up to 100 times/minute. Sometimes it is heard by other people. You are right...is IS rare. It is speculated that it is caused by stress and anxious anticipation of loud noises such as artillery fire. Treatments include relaxation and anxiety reduction/meds, along with hypnosis, acupuncture, biofeedback ...Read more

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Myoclonus effects muscles? Could this mean the muscles are weak? And need to be worked out/overworked? I am trying to understand relation to muscle.

Myoclonus effects muscles? Could this mean the muscles are weak? And need to be worked out/overworked? I am trying to understand relation to muscle.

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 or brain issue. It is a nerve issue, not a muscle disease. So you can't fix it by doing something to your muscles. ...Read more

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What is myoclonus?

What is myoclonus?

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 consequence of epilepsy, hypoxia, and following brain infections, such as hiv. Management depends on causation. ...Read more

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Causes of myoclonus?

Causes of myoclonus?

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. It can occur by itself or be part of a number of conditions where nerves in the head are not communicating with the nerves in the spine such as ms, head injury or pinched spinal nerves. Have a neurologist evaluate. ...Read more

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How can you treat myoclonus?

Medications: Most often daytime myoclonus can respond to Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but nocturnal myoclonus is different, and we use drugs such as Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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What do you take if myoclonus?

Anticonvulsant meds: Usually this is treated with klonopin, but Neurontin (gabapentin) and other anticonvulsant meds may help. Make sure to distinguish between myoclonus and restless legs (rls) which may have other treatments. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myoclonus?

What is the definition or description of: myoclonus?

Sudden jump: Brief shock like muscle jerk either focal in a limb or more widespread in the body, usually due to some central nervous system pathology. However, can also be a normal phenomenon on falling asleep. ...Read more

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Could myoclonus be related to fibromyalgia?

Could myoclonus be related to fibromyalgia?

Yes: Fibromyalgia can develop with various pain problems. The myoclonus would be a source of pain and sleep distubance which can result in symptoms of fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

Usually late: Myoclonus is a muscle disorder that usually develops quite late in lead poisoning. There is a significant exposure by the time these symptoms present. ...Read more

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What is the condition called nocturnal myoclonus?

Benign usually: This is now termed paroxysmal limb movements of sleep, and is a benign event similar to restless leg syndrome. Like rls, it may respond well to bedtime Dopamine agonists such as ropinarole or pramipexole. ...Read more

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What are negative myoclonus and positive myoclonus? And treatments?

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 limb is a mark of a central nervous system disease like spinal cord disease. ...Read more

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How long after lead poisoning does it take for the onset of myoclonus to become apparent?

Depends: Please consult the site below for information about lead poisoning. Myoclonus is more often noted with gasoline sniffing. The time to onset of myoclonus would be dependent on the dose and intensity of exposure.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068. ...Read more

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Myoclonus worsening and spread from just le to anywhere on body, and occur any time. Cause for progression? Have chronic severe migraines also. Worry?

Myoclonus worsening and spread from just le to anywhere on body, and occur any time. Cause for progression? Have chronic severe migraines also. Worry?

Get diagnosis: Myoclonus is not caused by migraines, and may represent brain or spinal cord problem, and needs to be assessed and treated. Your asthma medicines could cause tremors, but unlikely to promote myoclonus. Of interest, the drug Depakote might help prevent migraines and control the myoclonus. However, rather key that your doctor uncovers causation asap. ...Read more

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Can stress cause myoclonus and fasciulations / twitching all over my body?

Stress will worsen: The stress is not the cause, but could make the symptoms seem far worse. Real question involves why you are experiencing the problems you describe. Do you have an over-active thyroid gland, is there muscular irritability, are some of the movements consistent with seizure activity, or a spinal cord problem? In essence, get a full evaluation, as this is not emotional. ...Read more

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What kind of blood tests do doctors do for benign myoclonus of early infancy?

What kind of blood tests do doctors do for benign myoclonus of early infancy?

None: Is it benign myoclonus of infancy? Typically if there's uncertainty an EEG is done. If the EEG is normal during myoclonus, it's "benign." there are no blood tests. It always goes away without treatment. That's what "benign" means. You sound like an anxious mom who doesn't quite trust her pediatrician's/pedi neurologist's reassurances. This is natural but resist the urge to do something/anything. ...Read more

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Is sleep myoclonus safe? Would stretching help/lifting light weights for upper body? Anything I can do to help it, exercise? Mine is due to anxiety.

Sleep myoclonus: It is generally not important other than it interrupts your sleep. If you have significant fatigue you should ask your primary doctor to try muscle relaxer at bedtime.
Do you have a family history of myoclonus? ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks = quick, involuntary twitching of muscle (s) with a number of possible causes. For instance jerking occurring as one is ...Read more