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Not sure: What you are describing, but if it is completely involuntary, it could be a seizure. If you don't lose consciousness or become incontinent, it is probably not a generalized seizure. You need to see a doctor to figure this one out. ...Read more
A detailed history is needed.
Uncontrollable body jerks could be seizure, if you have one side jerking and you are aware of it, this may represent simple partial seizures, if the jerking all over the body and you are fully awake, so this can not be seizure as generalized seizure causes complete brain shut down and loss of consciousness, electroencephalogram can help in diagnosis. ...Read more
Meniscus tear: Additional activities, especially high impact or ones that involve twisting and pivoting, can cause meniscus to tear further. If/when you have this fixed, more of the meniscus will be damaged and thus more will have to be removed to stabilize the injury. The less meniscus you have left means less padding and greater chance for arthritis. ...Read more
Unethical & Criminal: This is sexual abuse. Touching does not need to occur to be defined as sexual abuse. This can be very harmful to the females involved. This should be reported to child protective services and to the police. When one knows of such a harmful act- to do nothing is collusion. It is the responsibility of all to protect children - for they are often in a position where they can't protect themselves. ...Read more
Jerking movements: You need to be evaluated by your doctor. Needs detailed history, history of any other medical condion or syptoms, meds being taken, alcohol use etc. And a detailed physical exam and may be lab and if needed imaging tests to find out the cause, as these movements can be caused by many different conditions. ...Read more
I'm worried because my ex-crush is now crushing on me, but I don't like him because he is such a jerk!, what do you suggest?
What's the worst?: The greatest danger is a possible stalking situation. Read up on this and if this is the case, respond appropriately. Otherwise, this is part of life that we all go through -- almost everyone has a failed relationship and most of us have someone unwilling to let go. Seek the advice of mutual friends, be kind but firm, and set appropriate limits. ...Read more
Sometimes during day and night when I'm awake sometimes body feels like it is going to kind of jerk sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.
Anxiety causes an: Overall tightening of muscles in some, because of chronic stress hormones (most notably adrenaline) creating normetabolites that take time to release. During the hypnogogic state, these muscles can seemingly violently discharge some of this tension. This is known as a myoclonic discharge and is harmless, except for temporary sleep interruption. Try some yoga just before bed and lower stress. ...Read more
Hypnagogic 'jerk': 70% of people have had these: a hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, or night start, is an involuntary myoclonic twitch which occurs during hypnagogia, just as a person is beginning to fall asleep, often causing them to awaken suddenly for a moment. They are often accompanied by a 'falling sensation' possible causes are: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. ...Read more
Involuntary twitches: Hypnagogic jerks are abrupt movements or muscle jerks when you are about to fall asleep. Occasional jerks are common and not serious. When you are about to fall asleep, your brain may interpret the change as a danger and signal your body to react. If they happen more than every 30 seconds, it is called periodic limb movement disorder. Fatigue, stress ; stimulants can worsen them. Vitamins may help. ...Read more
Sleep starts: Technically this is called a hypnic jerk or sleep start, it occurs at sleep onset. They can be more prominent according to the aasm with any of the following: anxiety, caffeine, stress, and strenuous activities in the evening. So the recommendation would be not to engage in any of the activities if the events are frequent or speak with your doctor about anxiety if need be. ...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
It's normal: These jerks are normal. Have you ever seen a dog sleeping and dreaming? Those twitching movements happen because our brain shuts off our body so we don't act out our dreams while we sleep. Myoclonic jerks are similar movements that can occur right as you fall asleep. If you're sleep deprived, they are more likely to happen. ...Read more
See below: If you are referring to hypnic jerks that are involuntary muscle twitches that occur at the transition from wake to sleep, having it multiple times per night may point to fragmentation of sleep by an underlying medical disorder, including sleep apnea, esp. If daytime sleepiness, periodic cessation of breathing, ; snoring occur. Consult w/ a sleep medicine specialist to help discern the cause of it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: No, a hypnic jerk does not necessarily need to wake you up to be called a hypnic jerk. It occurs at the transition of wake to sleep and people feel the "twitch" or "jump" and thus, wake up. For example, during a sleep study some people experience a hypnic jerk but to not wake up, although it is caught on the recording. ...Read more
Anxiety: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks. ...Read more
My son jerking his head in every ten to fifteen minutes and this happned when he tries to slip and he wake up?
Can be normal: While falling asleep it is normal to have some "jerks" that jolt you awake when drifting off to sleep. This is a normal occurrence especially in childhood and adolescence. Although this occurrence can be normal please have your son evaluated by your primary care provider. ...Read more
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
My baby is 9 wks old sleeps on back when will she stop jerking herself awake even when it's extremely quiet in the house?
Normal reflex: The startle or Moro reflex is active in infants for up to 4 months asleep and 3 months awake. If you can limit the environmental sounds or movements nearby, she should not do this as much. ...Read more
My kid age 2 yrs sometime get scared in sleep. Cried. Body stiff. Jerks too. But he is in sleep. What's the best way to relax him?
Take your son & a: Video of the stiffening/jerking movements to his pediatrician, who will tell you if he needs an overnight eeg to rule out nocturnal seizures. If it's a night terror, you can put your child in his own bed, drowsy but awake, at a consistent time after reading, soothing & brushing his teeth. If he's having night terrors, he'll have no recollection of them & you'll get a full night's sleep. ...Read more
My body jerks whenever I lay dwn uncontrollably. I've had fibromyalgia for 2 years. Could that b likned to my uncontrollable jerks? My whole body
Megnesium: There is a blood test (or urine) to measure magnesium though your doc. You can also get an entire micronutrient panel from spectracell lab for overall health. Muscles don't relax smoothly but in little bursts, which may account for your jerks. Check w/doc. Please and good health to you. ...Read more