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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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I have fibro and now myoclonus when i start to relax. Also place in my neck when i tap it my neck jerks. The jerking does not hurt. Causes please?

I have fibro and now myoclonus when i start to relax. Also place in my neck when i tap it my neck jerks. The jerking does not hurt. Causes please?

Holistic approach.: From the psychological point of view! When we talk about healing, we are often thinking about physical healing alone; we locate the source of pain in our body and attempt to alleviate it. But beyond the body, treatment encompasses feelings, emotions, memory, attitude etc. All need to be considered and treated well. ...Read more

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2.5 yo female told she had myoclonus and not to worry. Jerks occasionally during the day while sitting still. Should we ask to be seen my neurologist?

2.5 yo female told she had myoclonus and not to worry. Jerks occasionally during the day while sitting still. Should we ask to be seen my neurologist?

Grows out of it: thus is a benign condition that usually goes away by 3 years, if it persists past 3 y/o maybe get a consultation, but if not a problem now you shouldn't need medical help at this point. This is treatable... ...Read more

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I have 15-25 sleep myoclonus a night.I heard that jerk before falling asleep is not seizure. My EEG is abnormal. Doctor told me i have partial seizure?

I have 15-25 sleep myoclonus a night.I heard that jerk before falling asleep is not seizure. My EEG is abnormal. Doctor told me i have partial seizure?

Talk to neurologist : Myoclonus can be upsetting and raise worries. Your doctor may reassure you or possibly do a video EEG to see if there is seizure activity corresponding to your myoclonus. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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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