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Elderly male with dementia. While in acute hospital the body would periodically and involuntarily jerk. Causes? Was occasionally at home place.

Elderly male with dementia. While in acute hospital the body would periodically and involuntarily jerk. Causes? Was occasionally at home place.

Myoclonic jerks: Sounds like he had myoclonus, which, to me, raises question of whether his dementia is due to prion infection, Jakob-Creutzfeldt? Can also have this happen from other causes, including medication. At this point, discuss the significance and need for therapeutic intervention. Wonder if EEG and spinal fluid might clarify issues. ...Read more

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Involuntary eye movement jerking--causes?

Involuntary eye movement jerking--causes?

Twitch: Benign twitch most common. If involves some of the face, need to see neurologist to rule out more serious disease. ...Read more

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Can a herpes virus cause involuntary movement? Had herpes, doc thought it was a cold. Started to jerk, tremor right around end. Didn't take meds for herp

Can a herpes virus cause involuntary movement? Had herpes, doc thought it was a cold. Started to jerk, tremor right around end. Didn't take meds for herp

Seizures?: Can occur with herpes involvement of the brain. Typically, however, one is quite ill. You may want to get an EEG to have a look. Having an electrolyte disturbance due to dehydration or GI issues with a viral illness can make it more likely to have seizures. ...Read more

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My body jerks at night and now it also does when I'm awake. It's involuntary. Is this normal and if not what is it?

My body jerks at night and now it also does when I'm awake. It's involuntary. Is this normal and if not what is it?

Go see a: Neurologist. The most important 'test' to diagnose any movement disorder is a through and detailed history and physical. You could help your neurologist by getting sample video to show him of your body jerks at night and daytime. You might need several attempts to catch this. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary gasping or snorting?

What causes involuntary gasping or snorting?

If asleep, then: apnea is probable. If awake, then it could be tracheal hiccuping which is a mediastinal twitch/ spasm noted with certain neuromuscular problems. Or some esophageal spasms noted with hiccuping. I would see a pulmonologist if they are gasps and not hiccup, and your oximetry suffers. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have slight involuntary jerks?

What does it mean when you have slight involuntary jerks?

Nothing: Most people get both myoclonic jerks (real jerks, often accompanied by a pleasant or unpleasant feeling) and fasciculations (twitchies unaccompanied by any emotion.) both are harmless unless the fasciculations are primarily in the tongue, or if the myoclonic jerks cause you to kick your sleeping partner. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary erections?

What causes involuntary erections?

Nature does it: Involuntary erections occur several times nightly for 30-60 min for men with normal erections. This is probably the equivalent of the penis taking a big breath, relaxing and "sighing" as it takes more energy for the penis to stay flaccid than erect. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary erections?

What causes involuntary erections?

Psychogenic: Erections are spontaneous and do not require touch or physical stimulation. They are very common in younger males and less so in older males who may requires physical stimulation. If they last for several hours please see your doc because they can cause damage. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary erections?

What causes involuntary erections?

Erections: There are several causes of involuntary erections.
I strongly recommend you go to a nearby Library and have the Librarian help you find a number of articles that will explain your erections.
Once you have more fully understood this you should discuss what you learned with your doctor.
Not an easy task but quite important for a 53 year old. ...Read more

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I have involuntary head jerks. I only get them around people usually because I'm always so tense and afraid of everyone. How can I stop it?

I have involuntary head jerks. I only get them around people usually because I'm always so tense and afraid of everyone. How can I stop it?

Tics: It sounds like you have an involuntary stereotypical movement disorder that is associated with anxiety. It is probably a tic. There are medications and even some newer tms protocols to treat this. See a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How is it that I might be experiencing involuntary body twitching and jerking?

Potential answers: Sudden involuntary sharp jerks could be myoclonus, but you could also have a tremor issue, or even focal motor seizures. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle spasms?

What causes involuntary muscle spasms?

Many causes: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." overuse, exercise, neck and back problems, posture, fatigue, diminished blood supply, injury, metabolite issues, and certain diseases can contribute to spasms. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of involuntary eye widening?

What are possible causes of involuntary eye widening?

Pupils bigger: Your pupils can become bigger from certain drugs such as atropine, opiates (narcotics), from fear and intense emotion. Also when you are in dim light. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of involuntary teeth chattering?

What could be the cause of involuntary teeth chattering?

Neurological problem: You may have a neurological problem and I would suggest seeing a neurologist to determine the cause. Unless it is from cold air... ...Read more

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What is the cause of involuntary toe flex downward plantar?

What is the cause of involuntary toe flex downward plantar?

It's a reflex.: You didn't mention which toe was plantar flexed, but, if you are referring to your big toe, it's caused by some kind of stimulus to the arch of your foot. In clinical practice, we might scrape the arch of your foot with the handle of a reflex hammer. Plantar flexion of the great toe is normal. Dorsiflexion (pointing of the toe upward) is not. But I don't know what the stimulus is in your case. ...Read more

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What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

Dyskinesias: Involuntary movements are broken down into those caused by a tremor, tics, myoclonus, dystonias, chorea, athetosis, and hemiballismus. Those hyperkinetic movement disorders that have a tendency to involve the head include tremors (titubation), tics, and dystonias. The cause for the aforementioned are mostly genetic but at times can be related to metabolic disturbances or meds. Well wishes. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary movement while sleeping?

What causes involuntary movement while sleeping?

Sleep movements: Many disorders cause abnormal movements during sleep. Plmd where the limbs jerk is common. Stereotypical movement may occur with nocturnal seizures. ...Read more

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What causes eye involuntary movement?

What causes eye involuntary movement?

See ophthalmologist: Involuntary eye movements such as nystagmus (rapid back and forth movements of the eyes) may be congenital (born with it) or acquired and must be evaluated by a specialist in eye diseases known as an ophthalmologist...Treatment may be with special lenses and/or with surgery. ...Read more

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Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Some causes: Hereditary dystonia, Tourette's, myoclonic jerks and myoclonic epilepsy, Parkinson's, Huntington's, post-traumatic reactions, tardive dykinesia, medication reactions. ...Read more

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What could cause painless involuntary forehead tightening / twitching?

What could cause painless involuntary forehead tightening / twitching?

Facial nerve: Facial nerve supplies the forehead muscles and anything that makes the facial nerve get active will cause this, idiopathic hemifacial spasm is the most common cause of this, sometimes it is from an actual compression of the facial nerve or due to its inflammation, consider neurological consultation for this issue as you need an MRI brain to r/o a mass and inflammation ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

Stress and dryness: You're referring to a 'blepharospasm', which is a flickering of the eyelid that usually resolves spontaneously after a few months. It's almost always caused by stress (including not sleeping well) and dryness. Try using artificial tears 4 times a day. If it doesn't go away after a few months, get checked. ...Read more