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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Myoclonic Jerks (Overview)

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


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
81 doctors shared insights

Myoclonic Jerks (Overview)

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


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What are myoclonic jerks?

What are myoclonic jerks?

Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue. ...Read more

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Is klonipin good for treating myoclonic jerks n the leg? Normal eeg.

Is klonipin good for treating myoclonic jerks n the leg? Normal eeg.

Klonopin (clonazepam): Yes, Klonopin (clonazepam) is perhaps the most effective in treating myoclonus, nocturnal myoclonus, segmental myoclonus or severe restless leg syndrome refractory to Dopamine agonist. The main disadvantage of Clonazepam is its sedative side effect and it may create tolerance. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic jerks?

Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue. ...Read more

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Can myoclonic jerks be dangerous?

Can myoclonic jerks be dangerous?

Maybe not: True myoclonic jerks are sudden and may involve limbs and/or trunk. If uncontrolled, pts may fall, hit nearby objects, drop hot liquids, etc, with various injuries. There are excellent meds to control these events. Contact a neurologist, as myoclonus can be helped. ...Read more

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What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

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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Is it normal to have myoclonic jerks after od?

Yes: As drug levels increase (as ssri, tramdol, flexeril) or decrease (as alcohol, xanax, (alprazolam) soma) the nervous system will respond with these clonic type of discharges. Also as the nervous system turns off (or turns back on again) myoclonic-like discharges can be seen. ...Read more

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Is having many myoclonic jerks every night normal?

Is having many myoclonic jerks every night normal?

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

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Is it common to have benign myoclonic jerks everyday?

Perhaps: Not unique to experience myoclonic jerks at night just prior to falling asleep. While asleep, such activity is entitled periodic limb movements of sleep, nocturnal myoclonus, and would be considered a sleep disorder. Daytime myoclonus is usually not normal, and may represent brain or spinal cord irritability. So, if frequent, and debilitating, need to have this evaluated further, as can be fixed. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are benign myoclonic jerks?

Short duration: They are short duration muscle jerks, most common;y seen and felt while going asleep. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Myoclonic jerks?

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

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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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What are some causes of constant myoclonic jerks along with parethesias all over body?

Serious disease: These symptoms suggest a serious disorder of the nervous system. They may indicate infection, toxicity, epilepsy, or progressive disease. You need a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I wean off of Lexapro 20 mg..been on 6-7 years? Can they atttribute to nightime myoclonic jerks!

How do I wean off of Lexapro 20 mg..been on 6-7 years? Can they atttribute to nightime myoclonic jerks!

Medications: Don't just stop taking any medication. Discuss best way to discontinue with your Physician, and discuss if current medication has to be replaced with something else. ...Read more

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Are myoclonic jerks caused by anafranil (clomipramine) permanent or will they resolve once the medication is discontinued?

Are myoclonic jerks caused by anafranil (clomipramine) permanent or will they resolve once the medication is discontinued?

Myoclonus: If your symptoms are related to this medication then you should expect resolution of your symptoms over a short period of time. Check with your physician to guide you an how to wean the medication. ...Read more

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How to tell if myoclonic jerks are a seizure my child has these all through the night some nights but how to tell what's normal from myoclonic epileps?

How to tell if myoclonic jerks are a seizure my child has these all through the night some nights but how to tell what's normal from myoclonic epileps?

Neurologist?: As a physician it is through the descriptions that the patient makes that one can start to determine if they are meaningful. I would video these movements that you have concerns about and show them to your physician or pediatric neurologist. This would be very helpful and then if necessary further tests can be done to determine if they are seizures. ...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