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Involuntary Jerking Causes
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
Ever since my lami at l4/5 last dec. I get involuntary leg jerks on my left leg. Lft s1 nerve root is currently compressed, could that be the cause?
Yes: This may gradually improve but a nerve injury may take a year to resolve. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 can be sitting and relaxed and suddenly I have an involuntary gasp or sigh or change in breathing pattern. What could cause this? It is noticeable.
Normal.: Your lungs actually need to sigh once in a while (every few minutes) to open the alveoli that aren't used in normal breathing. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Clarification: Please specify what you mean by midriff so I can better help you. ...Read more
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
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
I have been having involuntary jerking iand weakness n my hands that started about 3 months ago. What can it be?
Plan: 3 months of having this symptoms definitely requires doctor evaluation. PCP or even neurologist. Please go! ...Read more
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