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Doctor insights on: Benign Myoclonic Epilepsy

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What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

Sudden jerks: Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk. It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed. ...Read more

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What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life. Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the definition or description of: juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

JME of Janz: Best described by janz in young women. Often with early morning muscle jerks and spasms but can also have associated convulsions. Fairly common and often develops during adolescence. Can be outgrown, but often continues as a primary generalized epilepsy. Eeg pattern very characteristic. Responds to specific medications especially depakote, zonegran, keppra, ? Vimpat, (lacosamide) genetic marking found. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of myoclonic epilepsy?

Muscle spasms: Seizures usually have a stiff tonic phase followed by rhythmic jerking or clonic phase. Myoclonic spasms can be isolated and independent. Infants may have a series of painful spasms especially upon awakening. Adolescents may have morning spasms and even drop or throw their toothbrush. Lennox-gastaut patients may have massive spasms or drop attacks that are myoclonic. Difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Is there a cure for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Gone with time: Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. ...Read more

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Is there a loss of sensorium in myoclonic epilepsy? And can it be inherited as autosomal dominant ?

Myoclonic Epilepsy : is a group of I epilepsies. The progressive myoclonic epilepsies have different patterns of inheritance. Some are associated with changes in sensorium. Ask your OB if molecular genetic testing like Chromosomal Microarray is available. If the affected family member(s) & both parents can be tested, a geneticist or genetic counselor can give you the answer you seek. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

Depends: Valproate is very good, but should not be used with teenage girls. Keppra (levetiracetam) has helpful as well as topamax and zonegran. Needs a thorough evaluation by a good pediatric neurologist who knows about the disorder. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers?

Genetic disease: It is a genetic disease that results from abnormalities in parts of the cells called mitochondria which carry out oxygen-dependent reactions. In this type, the patient has myoclonus: sudden jerks in arms and legs due to abnormal discharges in brain, usually without loss of consciousness and weakness in muscles. The abnormal mitochondria look like ragged fibers when examined under microscope. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a myoclonic seizure and myoclonic epilepsy?

What is the difference between a myoclonic seizure and myoclonic epilepsy?

Seizure v epilepsy: The easy answer is that epilepsy is a condition of two or more unprovoked seizures. A myoclonic seizure is a single event, myoclonic epilepsy is the tendency to continue to have myoclonic seizures. Normally the two of these are associated though, since most people who have myoclonic seizures have myoclonic epilepsy or a similar form of epilepsy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in the summer I was diagnosed with juvenlie myoclonic epilepsy could a seizure happen at night?

First...: Although possible, it is DISTINCTLY uncommon to begin having seizures due to JME at 42. The syndrome comes on a puberty, and is genetic (autosomal dominant with variable penetrance). Second...yes. Although people with JME more often have seizures shortly after awakening, some can have seizures at night. I'd make sure an epilepsy subspecialist concurs with diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?

I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?

Myoclonic seizures: are most likely to occur around the time of awakening. Other seizure types associated with JME can occur in sleep more than when awake (focal seizures, GTC, secondarily generalized GTC) Absence seizures tend to be brought out by hyperventilation if they occur at all. No two cases, to me, are identical making diagnosis a bit tricky. Best of luck. (Treat with Depakote, Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal) ...Read more

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I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy but I often find myself staring off into space as well. Is that common with JME or not?

Yes: part of JME is having myoclonic jerks, absent seizure and tonic clinic seizures. You need to make sure you are following up with neurologist to help monitor your seizures ...Read more

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I have a twelve year old daughter who may have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, does what she eat have anything to do with her developing this condition? And if she does have it do I have to change her eating habits?

No need to change: Jme is a very common and fairly benign form of epilepsy. Good health habits are important. Good sleep patterns, good exercise habits, and good nutrition habits. No special diet or restrictions other than good common sense. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?

Seizures : Stopping seizure meds can be an option. However not without close medical supervision. Talk with your doctor. Find out if the time is right. Going off these meds needs to be done gradually so as to not trigger a seizure again. It must be a great feeling to be seizure free. Staying without seizures is the goal. Do it with the council of your doctor ! ...Read more

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Could I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or just restless leg syndrome?

Could I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or just restless leg syndrome?

Different dzes: Jme occurs during sleep or sleep wake transition mostly. Rls (restless leg synd) typically happens anytime inactive during evening or night but you are awake. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Could : Most folks with jme respond well to modest doses of depakote, but a small percentage have difficult-to-control seizures. It might seem like it gets worse after the first convulsion simply because the convulsions don't come under control. ...Read more

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Is it possible for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy symptoms to worsen after your first grand mal seizure?

Yes.: While JME is often fairly easy to treat (80+ percent of cases) there are cases which are terribly difficult to get under control. This may be perceived as worsening after the first identified seizure...which often is the first convulsion. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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