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My wife told me that my body shakes during the night and I wake her up. Do you know how I could be shaking during sleep? I'm taking 150 mg wellbutrin (bupropion)

My wife told me that my body shakes during the night and I wake her up. Do you know how I could be shaking during sleep? I'm taking 150 mg wellbutrin (bupropion)

Possibilities: Some sleep disorders result in movements while asleep such as paroxysmal leg movements in sleep (noctournal myoclonus). Welbutrin can cause seizures as an adverse event in some. You may benefit from a sleep study overnight. ...Read more

Shaking (Definition)

Shaking is a symptom in which a person has tremors (shakiness or small back and forth movements) in part or all of his body. Shaking can be due to cold body temperatures, rising fever (such as with infections), neurological problems, medicine ...Read more


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Had my Effexor (venlafaxine) increased to 150mg. Can't sleep well, knees purple and feel weird and wake up with my whole body shaking. Side effects?

Possibly: What you are experiencing are side effects related to the increased dosage of effexor (venlafaxine). Link reference: http://tinyurl. Com/ceames3 u should call ur doctor asap & inform her/him about what u r experiencing. The doc who increased the dosage will help you & answer ur questions & maybe will adjust ur rx w/ a different time release, like Effexor (venlafaxine) xr. Hope this help! ...Read more

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I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should I call my doctor?

I am on nocor for hip surgery. I am unable to sleep body shaking and jerking when trying to sleep, also difficulty urinating. Should I call my doctor?

Absolutely YES: Nocor is an opioid narcotic and does have adverse effects. Other narcotics may be better tolerated, such as a Butrans patch. Contact your doctor and get more comfortable. ...Read more

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Was asleep and whole body shaking stiff jaw clenched I was asleep partner woke me up head feels tingly and I don't feel right and tired what is this?

Was asleep and whole body shaking stiff jaw clenched I was asleep partner woke me up head feels tingly and I don't feel right and tired what is this?

Possible seizure: You can have a seizure while sleeping and your description of symptoms is consistent with a seizure and the confused " postictal' state after having one. It could also be a panic attack waking you up in the middle of the night but you need to see your provider and rule out seizures before assuming it is a panic attack. ...Read more

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While sleeping sometimes my body starts shaking and can't control it. What is wrong with me?

While sleeping sometimes my body starts shaking and can't control it. What is wrong with me?

Qualify further: Witnessed shaking/movement while asleep may mean different possibilities...Are you aware of the shaking or not...If you are aware of it, then you may not be asleep or was it witnessed by bed partner? ...Read more

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What causes shaking of the whole body while asleep&jot realizing it? I woke up & saw my husband shaking while sleeping, he said he's not hving nightmare

What causes shaking of the whole body while asleep&jot realizing it? I woke up & saw my husband shaking while sleeping, he said he's not hving nightmare

Night shaking: People can be reacting to a dream but not remember any content. But good idea to ask about possible sleep study and physical exam in case an organic cause. If doctors determine it's not organic concern, please consider my training No More Nightmares. People who are moving a lot in their sleep but remember no content often benefit from this training and all the big body movement stops! ...Read more

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12 month old girl had 3-4 episodes of shaking in all her body, symmetrical, while asleep, lasted about 3-5 seconds. Otherwise healthy. Is that normal?

12 month old girl had 3-4 episodes of shaking in all her body, symmetrical, while asleep, lasted about 3-5 seconds. Otherwise healthy. Is that normal?

Maybe not: I would try to catch an episode on your smart phone and show it to your babies doc at a scheduled appointment. Kids can do some twitchy things after sleep, but this sounds a bit unusual. ...Read more

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For almost a year, I´ve had slight (at most 1mm) tremor in my jaw. It does not affect my lifestyle, but is constant, even while sleeping. Any hints?

For almost a year, I´ve had slight (at most 1mm) tremor in my jaw. It does not affect my lifestyle, but is constant, even while sleeping. Any hints?

Stop caffeine: This may be benign essential tremor, which is annoying but not dangerous. Caffeine makes tremor worse. If you drink caffeine, try stopping. There are drugs which reduce tremor (e.g., beta blockers) but their side effects probably outweigh their benefit for someone as mildly afflicted as you. ...Read more

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I'm having episodes, occasionally, while asleep that feel like I'm shaking/vibrating all over. It almost feels like a small seizure. What could this be?

I'm having episodes, occasionally, while asleep that feel like I'm shaking/vibrating all over. It almost feels like a small seizure. What could this be?

Shaky feeling @night: Very hard to give accurate advice based on your brief description. However, seizures can happen any time of day, not just at night, so if they don't happen in the daytime too, it's probably not seizures. Best to go see your doctor and see if they can sort this out with more details and a good exam. You may need some special testing. Avoid alcohol. Get enough sleep (8 hrs ideally). Stay hydrated. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son is a not often sleepwalker/sleeptalker but tonightbi noticed his legs shaking while asleep. What could this be?

My 5 year old son is a not often sleepwalker/sleeptalker but tonightbi noticed his legs shaking while asleep. What could this be?

May be normal...: May be normal to have many types of movements when falling asleep, during sleep, and when waking up. If a child is otherwise a happy, normal kid, then parents can just make a video of the movements to show the doctor. Parents can add details such as: when it happens, how long it lasts, what foods or meds taken, etc... During some episodes on video, wake him up while showing his response on video. ...Read more

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What causes tingling in body during sleep?

What causes tingling in body during sleep?

Nocturnal tingles: More often than not it is innocuous unless it is chronic and if it substantially disrupts sleep. Pressure on nerves like on the ulnar crease or funny bone can cause tingling along the length of the arm from the elbow down. Carpal tunnel syndrome more often affects the palms. Nerve compression in the neck area can prompt shoulder, neck and arm tingling. May be "sleeping wrong" on arm or kinked neck. ...Read more

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20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

See doctor: Foreign body ingestion pretty common in this age group. Other common things occur to cause abnormal breathing as well. If your baby isn't breathing right please take your baby to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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What happens to the body during sleep deprivation?

What happens to the body during sleep deprivation?

Agree w Dr. Aragona: Sleep deprivation can ^ risk for fatigue, irritability, v concentration, diminished memory, ^ infection rate, ability to tolerate stressors, blurring of vision, v energy level, ^ micro-sleeps, weight gain, exacerbation of psychiatric problems and can even lead to psychosis. ...Read more

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What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

Several things: Periodic limb movements may be caused by excessive exercise, caffeine/alcohol use, stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medications, etc. Rem sleep behavior disorder can cause body movements as well. ...Read more

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What can explain body twitching during sleep?

What can explain body twitching during sleep?

Depends on the type: If your leg or arm jumps you could have restless leg syndrome which is treatable. Other remedies may include more rest or evaluation of your body chemicals such as potassium. ...Read more

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Causes for involuntary body movements during sleep?

Causes for involuntary body movements during sleep?

JLS: The usual is jumping legs syndrome but I guess that it can exetend to other parts. It indicates an irritable nervous system. ...Read more

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At what point does fat shed/burn off the body? Is it during sleep or during the workout? Please answer the direct question as some docs cannot.

At what point does fat shed/burn off the body? Is it during sleep or during the workout? Please answer the direct question as some docs cannot.

Continuously: Your body burns fat for fuel only when it is in a calorie deficit. In a balanced calorie deficit this happens as a continuous process, its not specifically "during sleep" or "during a workout" I hope this helps! ...Read more

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I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

Strange: See your doctor!
full family and personal history.
Medications, other drugs?
Worrisome and needs full evaluation and some testing, I think. ...Read more

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My 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. Sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. What could this be?

My 5 year old moves a lot during sleep. Sometimes twitches and her whole body gets stiff and shakes for a few seconds. What could this be?

Twitching: If you could consult with us or send a video we could help determine if this is a usual REM sleep issue or a seizure. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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Does body temperature rise during sleep for children or adults?

Does body temperature rise during sleep for children or adults?

Yes: Yes it rises for both, a little more for women and children than adult men. This is part of the natural cricadian rhythm. ...Read more

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My body gets extremely hot during sleep, as much so I'm forced to wake up and remove my blanket.

My body gets extremely hot during sleep, as much so I'm forced to wake up and remove my blanket.

Normal, if no change: If it's been like that for years, and you always need to remove your blanket during sleep, it's fine! Some people do sweat more than others during sleep, as the body attempts to cool itself. ...Read more

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My body temp is higher than normal at night during sleep, one time in the 100s. I'm a healthy 30 y.O., no smoking or drinking and my BP is fine. Why?

My body temp is higher than normal at night during sleep, one time in the 100s. I'm a healthy 30 y.O., no smoking or drinking and my BP is fine. Why?

Diurnal variation: Human body sets it's temperature levels so the lowest (normal) temperature is in am, & highest (normal) temperature is at night. Normals vary among individuals, but in a given individual the temperature setting is rather constant. So your normal is 100 at night and perhaps 98 in am. Someone else maybe 96 in am & 98 at bedtime. See http://www. Unm. Edu/~lkravitz/article%20folder/thermoregulation. Html. ...Read more

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Itchy/Prickly skin. Mostly upper body when laying and sometimes sitting. Worse in the evening before sleeping. Not during sleep. No rash.?

Itchy/Prickly skin. Mostly upper body when laying and sometimes sitting. Worse in the evening before sleeping. Not during sleep. No rash.?

Emollients: The most common cause is environmental, so I would first suggest keeping baths and showers warm, not hot. Directly after bathing/showering apply a good moisturizer (Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, (oatmeal) even Vaseline lightly) to these areas. You did not mention your age or the status of your general health, so start with the emollients first and give it 2 weeks or so. ...Read more

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During sleep, I felt a sore pain in my upper right side of body. The soreness was a little in the chest to primarily my right back. Please help.

It depends: We need to know more about your health. Right now I would not worry about the symptoms that you have unless they persist and are getting worse. In that case you should go see your doctor and have a complete physical examination done. ...Read more

Resting Tremor (Definition)

Parkinson's disease where the hand shakes at rest, a "pill rolling" action, but fades when arm lifts or is used. Just one of the cardinal signs, but may be the earliest manifestation. Does respond ...Read more


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Sleep (Definition)

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