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Myoclonic jerks: There is a type of seizure called myoclonic, or myoclonic jerks. These are a feature of myoclonic epilepsy. These feel like a brief episode of shaking. They may occur in the morning time more often than other times. Sleep deprivation may make them more noticeable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more
Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation (aid's), following hypoxia (lance-adams), organ failure (kidney, liver), metabolic and medication reactions. Meds that seem to work best here include depakote, keppra, (levetiracetam) and maybe lamictal. Other drugs used in epilepsy, may make worse. ...Read more
Most commonly, yes: Nystagmus is the name for usually rhythmic, oscillating (back and forth, or up and down) involuntary movements of both eyes. It is most often seen as a congenital (born with) finding, or develops shortly after birth. There are other causes for unusual or "jerking" eye movements too, and affected individual should be seen by an ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, or neurologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more
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
May have inherited epilepsy--generalized seizures on awakening, teen onset-- partial seizures with weird jaw sensation, too--possible myoclonic jerk?
?JME?: Not sure of your precise question, but will attempt an analysis. You may possess juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and if correct, your best drugs might be either Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) (lamictal may not work quite as well here. Yet, you may be sub-therapeutic based on your description). Also, you seem to have several complexities, and i wonder how all these inter-relate. Go over this with neurologist. ...Read more
Neurologist: Depending on your age, i would be concerned about central (brain) involvement rather than otologic (ear) disease. Inner ear disease usually causes true feeling of spinning (vertigo). Jerky uncontrolled movements is more consistent with a neurological disorder. I strongly would urge you to see a neurologist. ...Read more
Normal? : The sudden jerking movement occurring on the verge of falling asleep is a normal phenomenon! ...Read more
Difference between tics and spasms? Involuntary foot jerks, leg movements, finger jerks, & jaw jerks that stop occurring when busy. What are these?
May be myoclonus: If the sudden jerks occur in sleep, this may be plms which is like restless legs, if occurs when using arms or legs, intension myoclonus, if spontaneous at rest may be epilepsy, a medication reaction, metabolic derangement. If any of this describes you, get an appointment with a neurologist. ...Read more
Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?
No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more