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Is having mulitple severe muscle spasms when falling asleep normal?

Is having mulitple severe muscle spasms when falling asleep normal?

Hypnic jerk: A whole-body spasm (hypnic jerk) is almost always harmless, but may be a function of difficulty falling asleep, or getting comfortable sleeping. If they cause you difficulty a sleep medicine doctor may be able to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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What causes severe muscle twitches while falling asleep?

What causes severe muscle twitches while falling asleep?

Normal? : The sudden jerking movement occurring on the verge of falling asleep is a normal phenomenon! ...Read more

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Episodes of fatigue, dizziness, severe muscle spasms, joint pain, stumbling while walking and often falling. It's progressed. What could this be?

Episodes of fatigue, dizziness, severe muscle spasms, joint pain, stumbling while walking and often falling. It's progressed. What could this be?

Best now than later.: These seem to be symptoms consistent with chronic fatigue syndrome. There can be many under lying causes for this. Regardless, since it is progressing, I believe that there is no better time than the present to have a thorough evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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Normal to have sudden onset of hard myoclonic jerks while awake but relaxed? Entire body.

Normal to have sudden onset of hard myoclonic jerks while awake but relaxed?  Entire body.

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

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I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and also back pains. Is this related?

I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and also back pains. Is this related?

It's always possible: to be kept awake by pain. Possible causes of insomnia include: poor sleep hygiene,Traveling with change in time zones, chronic pain, frequent night-time urination, problems breathing, Shift work, anxiety disorders (esp. PTSD), Depression, bipolar disorder, stress, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have muscle contractions when waking up from anesthesia?

Is it normal to have muscle contractions when waking up from anesthesia?

Shivers : Shivering is a common occurrence after recovering from general anesthesia. It's a response to thermoregulatory changes after anesthesia. Warming patient is the first line of therapy but every patient should be warm after anesthesia and during surgery too. ...Read more

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What could be causing involuntry muscle contraction/twitching while sleeping for 4-5sec once runing from upper abdomen to leg post 15days of cesarean?

What could be causing involuntry muscle contraction/twitching while sleeping for 4-5sec once runing from upper abdomen to leg post 15days of cesarean?

Nerve damage: damage to the nerves going to the muscles in that region. called fasciculations. Possibly due to damage caused by surgery. this should resolve over time. if it doesn't resolve in a couple of months, I would see a neurologist, specially if you are having symptoms like numbness and twitching in your hands and feet. ...Read more

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What can a 21 yr old female have just started having seizures in sleep stops breathing gasp and wakes up with severe tingling head aches?

What can a 21 yr old female have just started having seizures in sleep stops breathing  gasp and wakes up with severe tingling head aches?

Also sleep apnea: You may be experiencing the symptoms of nocturnal seizures which are not well enough controlled. Also, be sure you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, which can cause gasping for air, nighttime awakening and headaches upon awakening. It shouldn't cause the tingling sensation though so be sure your seizures are well controlled. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble usually while drifting off to sleep?Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble  usually  while drifting off to sleep?Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor, an ENT doctor, a neurologist, and a sleep medicine specialist can help figure out what is going on if a person has sensations of trouble swallowing while going to sleep. There could be a problem with the nerves controlling muscles in the tongue, throat, esophagus, etc... There could be other disorders (such a swelling, looseness, tumors, etc...) in those parts of the body. ...Read more

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Bad twitches. Can't stop. Been doing it for years. Happens even when asleep. Not myoclonic jerks because happens when awake falling asleep and asleep

Bad twitches. Can't stop. Been doing it for years. Happens even when asleep. Not myoclonic jerks because happens when awake falling asleep and asleep

Hmmm: Could still be myoclonus. Possibilities include epileptic myoclonus, subcortical myoclonus, and other other movement disorders. Movement disorders which occur during sleep are not psychological, so something is going on. I would visit neurologist. ...Read more

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26/F. Healthy. Past 2 weeks body itching when overtired, NOT interrupting sleep. Not everyday. Also, sudden right knee pain. Chances of lymphoma?

Quite low: Before you activate anxiety symptoms it is a good idea to check into the status of what you already know you have - thyroid issues. See you provider for eval of your levels. Meanwhile, try to avoid situational reasons for being overly tired and consider a knee support cuff. It's good you think of yourself as healthy, but do check thyroid levels and basis for knee pain w/ a provider ASAP. Best! ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and i can't relax them at all. Im very tired a

What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and i can't relax them at all. Im very tired a

Physician evaluation: Muscle twitches are often seen in normal individuals after exercise, with physical or emotional stress, as part of a syndrome called benign fasciculation syndrome and may be caused by a wide variety of other problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, and nerve root compression. Cramps can also be a side effect of cholesterol control medications. You should be evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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When I fall asleep early I have vivid nightmares within a few mins of falling asleep, awake in panic. What is causing dreams so early in sleep cycle?

When I fall asleep early I have vivid nightmares within a few mins of falling asleep, awake in panic. What is causing dreams so early in sleep cycle?

While most dreams: occur in REM sleep, dreams may occur any time in the cycle. Stress, medications, substances, alcohol, foods, etc. may increase likelihood. Stress reduction and anxiety management measures may help. Use fantasy to rewrite your dreams and train your brain to be calm. If you experience distress and impairment despite all measures consider an evaluation and therapy. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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This year my limbs falling asleep, wake me up in pain at night, periodic lack of fine muscle control now bc of numbness, not diabetes, via Dr. ??

This year my limbs falling asleep, wake me up in pain at night, periodic lack of fine muscle control now bc of numbness, not diabetes, via Dr. ??

Go see a Neuro-: logist.Ask for a Referal, if necessary. Limbs often fall asleep when their position puts pressure on a nerve but they should completely wake up rapidly or ,at least, over a few days. If your numbness has persisted to the point where it affects strength or coordination, this requires an evaluation and more testing. Good luck. U may wish to consult a HealthTap Neurologist . ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more