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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks is a symptom where a person has involuntary contraction of a discrete group of muscles. Hiccups is one example. Myoclonic jerks is also normal when it occurs as a person is falling asleep. In other circumstances, it can ...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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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

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