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What is myoclonus?

What is myoclonus?

Sudden muscle jerk: Myoclonus is a sudden limb or trunk jerk which is involuntary. It can be associated with sleep issues, both benign and disruptive, but also can be a consequence of epilepsy, hypoxia, and following brain infections, such as hiv. Management depends on causation. ...Read more

Myoclonus (Definition)

Brief shock like muscle jerk either focal in a limb or more widespread in the body, usually due to some central nervous system pathology. However, can also be a normal ...Read more


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Causes of myoclonus?

Causes of myoclonus?

It is a condition: Myoclunus just means jumping or jerking limbs. Usually it is the legs but can be any muscle. At night it may wake you up causing daytime fatigue. It can occur by itself or be part of a number of conditions where nerves in the head are not communicating with the nerves in the spine such as ms, head injury or pinched spinal nerves. Have a neurologist evaluate. ...Read more

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How can you treat myoclonus?

How can you treat myoclonus?

Medications: Most often daytime myoclonus can respond to Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but nocturnal myoclonus is different, and we use drugs such as Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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What do you take if myoclonus?

What do you take if myoclonus?

Anticonvulsant meds: Usually this is treated with klonopin, but Neurontin (gabapentin) and other anticonvulsant meds may help. Make sure to distinguish between myoclonus and restless legs (rls) which may have other treatments. ...Read more

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Can myoclonus develop into a disease?

Can myoclonus develop into a disease?

It is a condition: Myoclunus just means jumping or jerking limbs. Usually it is the legs but can be any muscle. As night it may wake you up causing daytime fatigue. It can occur by itself or be part of a number of conditions where nerves in the head are not communicating with the nerves in the spine such as ms, head injury or pinched spinal nerves. Have a neurologist evaluate. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have got myoclonus?

Jerking: Myoclonus refers to unpredictable and uncontrollable jerking of muscles. Any muscle or muscle group can be involved. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the symptoms of myoclonus?

Jerking: Myoclonus refers to unpredictable and uncontrollable jerking of muscles. Any muscle or muscle group can be involved. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myoclonus?

What is the definition or description of: myoclonus?

Sudden jump: Brief shock like muscle jerk either focal in a limb or more widespread in the body, usually due to some central nervous system pathology. However, can also be a normal phenomenon on falling asleep. ...Read more

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What causes myoclonus and how can I address the symptoms?

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

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What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

Rare: Opsoclonus myoclonus is a rare neurological disorder characterized by unsteady gait, intention tremor myoclonus (brief, shock-like muscle spasms), and opsoclonus (irregular, rapid, horizontal and vertical eye movements). Other symptoms may include dysphasia (difficulty speaking), dysarthria (poorly articulated speech), lethargy, irritability, malaise. It occurs in viral illnesses and tumors. ...Read more

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Could myoclonus be related to fibromyalgia?

Could myoclonus be related to fibromyalgia?

Yes: Fibromyalgia can develop with various pain problems. The myoclonus would be a source of pain and sleep distubance which can result in symptoms of fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Is there a method of preventive care for myoclonus?

Is there a method of preventive care for myoclonus?

Yes: Several medicines seem to prevent myoclonus in both epilepsy and other conditions. The best accepted include Depakote and keppra (levetiracetam). Some medicines make it worse. Nocturnal myoclonus might respond to Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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Is myoclonus will be non epileptic and how it can be controlled?

Is myoclonus will be non epileptic and how it can be controlled?

Can be: Several causes for myoclonus and is not always part of an epileptic syndrome, as may be due to spinal cord issue. Have had good success using Depakote or Keppra (levetiracetam) for myoclonus of all types ...Read more

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How many cases of of spinal myoclonus develop after whip blash injury due to car accidents? What are the first symptoms of spinal myoclonus?

How many cases of of spinal myoclonus develop after whip blash injury due to car accidents?  What are the first symptoms of spinal myoclonus?

Muscle jerks: Spinal myoclonus , those sudden little jerks that are simillar to the ones when you catch yourself falling asleep, is typically the result of spinal stenosis or a spinal cord lesion. It can occasionally be "idiopathic" meaning without a clear reason. If you are having these symptoms persistent after a whiplash type injury to your neck you definitely warrant further study. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the condition called nocturnal myoclonus?

Benign usually: This is now termed paroxysmal limb movements of sleep, and is a benign event similar to restless leg syndrome. Like rls, it may respond well to bedtime Dopamine agonists such as ropinarole or pramipexole. ...Read more

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In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

Usually late: Myoclonus is a muscle disorder that usually develops quite late in lead poisoning. There is a significant exposure by the time these symptoms present. ...Read more

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What are negative myoclonus and positive myoclonus? And treatments?

Myoclonus only : The disease state is only the presence of myoclonus and not its absence.Myoclonus which is a sign elicited by the clinician on examining the patients limb is a mark of a central nervous system disease like spinal cord disease. ...Read more

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How long after lead poisoning does it take for the onset of myoclonus to become apparent?

Depends: Please consult the site below for information about lead poisoning. Myoclonus is more often noted with gasoline sniffing. The time to onset of myoclonus would be dependent on the dose and intensity of exposure.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068. ...Read more

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Myoclonus worsening and spread from just le to anywhere on body, and occur any time. Cause for progression? Have chronic severe migraines also. Worry?

Myoclonus worsening and spread from just le to anywhere on body, and occur any time. Cause for progression? Have chronic severe migraines also. Worry?

Get diagnosis: Myoclonus is not caused by migraines, and may represent brain or spinal cord problem, and needs to be assessed and treated. Your asthma medicines could cause tremors, but unlikely to promote myoclonus. Of interest, the drug Depakote might help prevent migraines and control the myoclonus. However, rather key that your doctor uncovers causation asap. ...Read more

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Suffer from myoclonus. Any ideas on treatments?

Medications: Most often daytime myoclonus can respond to Depakote or keppra, (levetiracetam) but nocturnal myoclonus is different, and we use drugs such as Requip or mirapex. ...Read more

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Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus does it go away?

BNSM: It is a benign condition and once the diagnosis is firmly established, it requires no treatment and generally disappears within the first year of life with only a few reports of it continuing longer into infancy, but not beyond. There are no known permanent complications. A main goal is early diagnosis to prevent unnecessary extensive medical diagnostics that can be expensive/disruptive to family. ...Read more

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Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Yes: The tensor tympani tendon can be cut by an otologic surgeon under local anesthesia or with sedation. This is a fairly easy procedure. There is one pitfall and that is you may become more sensitive to loud sounds. But myoclonus of the middle ear muscle(s) can be very annoying and if persistent, surgery can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Is myoclonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Sorry, kiddo: The minimum age requirement for posting on HealthTap is 16. Sorry, your writing is better than a lot of the grownups who post here - at leest you can spel! - but rules are rules. There's no reason an adult can't post questions on your behalf, however. ...Read more

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Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

See below: If these are truly myoclonic seizures, you should talk with an epileptologist, but I have found Levetiracetam (keppra) to be particularly useful for this type of seizure. ...Read more

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How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

Very benign: Neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in infants up to 2- 3 months of age. They grow out of it after that without any residuals or consequences. This seizure like activities may be confused with real seizures. But this clonus occurs only when babies are asleep, and stops jerking movement when you wake them up, and usually all 4 extremities, arms and legs jerk. ...Read more

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When I try to sleep I suddenly shock..what are the causes of sleep myoclonus?is it dangerous?happens 15-25 a night

When I try to sleep I suddenly shock..what are the causes of sleep myoclonus?is it dangerous?happens 15-25 a night

Sleeping issues: You have two things to do:
1: See your primary doctor as soon as you can!
2: Please see a Psychologist to help you calm down.

Should turn out OK - please keep me informed. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks = quick, involuntary twitching of muscle(s) with a number of possible causes. For instance jerking occurring as one is ...Read more