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Is Having Many Myoclonic Jerks Every Night Normal
Yes: Myoclonic jerks are involuntary twitching episodes of muscles or groups of muscles. They are very common and almost always not an issue. A common time for them to occur is at night, and often while falling asleep. However, if other symptoms exist or this condition is changing it can be a sign of some nervous system problems, too, although rarely is myoclonus the first sign. ...Read more
How to tell if myoclonic jerks are a seizure my child has these all through the night some nights but how to tell what's normal from myoclonic epileps?
Neurologist?: As a physician it is through the descriptions that the patient makes that one can start to determine if they are meaningful. I would video these movements that you have concerns about and show them to your physician or pediatric neurologist. This would be very helpful and then if necessary further tests can be done to determine if they are seizures. ...Read more
Can restless leg cause all night long tremors or Myoclonic jerks. If not is it normal to have Myoclonic jerks all night . Or is it more serious?
A video would help: It may not be restless legs or myoclonic jerks. What about periodic leg movements of sleep? Is the person with the movements asleep when these occur? Sometimes a video is helpful. A formal sleep study is often better. A child sleep provider would probably be helpful in this case. ...Read more
Can restless leg syndrome cause what look like myoclonic jerks or tremors all night long in 6 yr old. EEG was normal. Also how is row diagnosed?
May be normal: Myoclonus refers to a quick, involuntary muscle jerk. For example, hiccups are a form of myoclonus. So are the sudden jerks, or "sleep starts, " you may experience just before falling asleep. These forms of myoclonus occur in healthy people and rarely present a problem. If you believe this is a myoclonus and gives you a problem, i would suggest you to see your pcp. ...Read more
Klonopin: Yes, Klonopin (clonazepam) is perhaps the most effective in treating myoclonus, nocturnal myoclonus, segmental myoclonus or severe restless leg syndrome refractory to Dopamine agonist. The main disadvantage of Clonazepam is its sedative side effect and it may create tolerance. ...Read more
What are some causes of myoclonic jerks? My emg and EEG were normal . Been taking klonopin for 5 months which helps but still no answer why.
Neurologist: See neurologist sometime one medication is not enough you have to add on other medications. ...Read more
My son has a wide gait instead of running more up and down his legs go out to the side more. He also suffers from Myoclonic jerks all night.
More info would help: Like your son's age and what you have been told thus far. In the interim, he should see a Neurologist for a thorough evaluation and creation of a long term plan that might include physical therapy and treatment for the jerks or underlying diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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