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My 5 year old sons legs began to jerk while he was asleep last night, this is the first time. Should I be concerned or is it normal for kids?

My 5 year old sons legs began to jerk while he was asleep last night, this is the first time. Should I be concerned or is it normal for kids?

Sleep myoclonus: Your son is probably experiencing sleep myoclonus, a benign condition. If it persists and interferes with sleep or begins to occur whild awake, speak to your pediatrician ...Read more

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Left kidney nephrectomy. After 3 months, pain in the place of operation at night and sudden jerk in left leg (like current shock).Is it normal?

Left kidney nephrectomy. After 3 months, pain in the place of operation at night and sudden jerk in left leg (like current shock).Is it normal?

Probably: Likely just normal "healing." what incision did you have? A flank incision may have transected a nerve that is now regenerating. You may want to consider a follow up ct kub to assess for a fluid collection/lymphocele. ...Read more

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At night my leg or arm will jerk on its own at least once and Sometimes I loose feeling in my arm while asleep, what could cause this?

At night my leg or arm will jerk on its own at least once and Sometimes I loose feeling in my arm while asleep, what could cause this?

Two problems: Jerks while transitioning from awake to sleep are common and are of no consequence. Losing sensation or having altered sensation in the arm is generally due to pressure on the nerves that control your arm. The location of the tinlging or numbness would help to locate the culprit nerve. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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?

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

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I take 20 mg amytirtaline at night for nerve pain in both my thighs I find on going to bed I am getting jerking movements in my legs is this Normal?

I take 20 mg amytirtaline at night for nerve pain in both my thighs I find on going to bed I am getting jerking movements in my legs is this Normal?

Yes: It is most probably a physiological response and not important. The dose of Amytriptiline is small and not likely to cause major side effects. But why are you getting "nerve pain" in your thighs? Have it seen to if it continues. ...Read more

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When I try to sleep suddenly I jerk, it happens often like 6 times a night. I did 2 brain EEG and leg EMG all were clear. Should I worry? .brain tumor?

When I try to sleep suddenly I jerk, it happens often like 6 times a night. I did 2 brain EEG and leg EMG all were clear. Should I worry? .brain tumor?

Do not worry: Involuntary muscular contractions while falling asleep are quite common and pose no danger, other than difficulty in falling asleep. Do not worry about it.
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I have painful muscle jerks while trying to sleep, it first started in my legs then all of a sudden my arms and now my whole body. They go on all night.?

I have painful muscle jerks while trying to sleep, it first started in my legs then all of a sudden my arms and now my whole body. They go on all night.?

RLS: Sounds like really bad restless legs syndrome which can affect your whole body at times. You may be iron deficient or have some liver or kidney issues as well. You need a little bloodwork and see your doc. ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly.
Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Possible: See a pediatric neurologist either directly or schedule Concierge virtual visit onsite. Young for all of this but the description would sway me to RLS in an older individual. This can readily be treated. Have your doctor check serum iron and ferritin. ...Read more

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About 6 months ago, my legs will just jerk involuntarily. What could it be?

About 6 months ago, my legs will just jerk involuntarily. What could it be?

RLS: Restless Leg Syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, or head. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief. Medications are available if severe issues. See a Dr. For a definitive Diagnosis though. ...Read more

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I have little shocks that are throughout my body, small ones and very sharp ones. Worst ones are in my legs causing them to jerk violently.?

I have little shocks that are throughout my body, small ones and very sharp ones. Worst ones are in my legs causing them to jerk violently.?

Seek help: You may be experiencing electrolyte abnormalities with a component of dehydration and should strongly consider seeing a medical provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What causes uncontroled jerking of the legs? Its not rls.

What causes uncontroled jerking of the legs? Its not rls.

Neurologic excess: There can be a sense of "need to move". Many people have this disorder and have to move their body - especially move the legs. This is often just excitement of the nerves than can be controlled with muscle relaxants or with calming exercises. Rare myoclonic seizure disorders or spinal abnormalities can produce similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I am about to sleep my legs or whole body jerk waking me up. What causes this and is it something I should be concerned about?

Restless legs: You have a lot of problems for a 37 year old and notice you are not on a statin cholesterol medicine which you should be. Your leg problem could be from restless legs syndrome which can be from low iron levels or just happen. You can treat this with Requip (ropinirole) or sinemet or Klonopin and take iron supplements. ...Read more

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Arm, leg and head jerking?

Arm, leg and head jerking?

Tremor: I suspect one of many diseases that cause tremor.See a dr to get an accurate diagnosis and hopefully treatment. ...Read more

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When I stand up my legs are like jello. I will grab hold of a chair or wall then my knees start jerking?

When I stand up my legs are like jello. I will grab hold of a chair or wall then my knees start jerking?

Need more info: How old are you? Need a good history. Are you on any medications? Injuries? You will be advised to see your doctor for evaluation and treatment for of course this is not normal ...Read more