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Remedies For Myoclonic Jerks
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
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
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
Short duration: They are short duration muscle jerks, most common;y seen and felt while going asleep. ...Read more
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
Yes: See a neurologist. It could be myoclonic seizure. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Experiencing myoclonic jerks 1+ yrs awake & asleep- NO other symptoms of neuro disorders, just the jerks. Anxiety suggests symptom of BFS?? worry?
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.
Epilepsy: is recurrent unprovoked seizures. People with myoclonic jerks may have a type of Epilepsy. Anoic brain injury can cause myoclonic seizures. One also sees Myoclonic seizures as part of the Epilepsy syndrome Juvenille Myoclonic Epilepsy. If unsure consult a Neurologist who treats seizures. ...Read more
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
Bad twitches. Can't stop. Been doing it for years. Happens even when asleep. Not myoclonic jerks because happens when awake falling asleep and asleep
What are some causes of myoclonic jerks? My emg and EEG were normal . Been taking klonopin (clonazepam) for 5 months which helps but still no answer why.
Neurologist: See neurologist sometime one medication is not enough you have to add on other medications. ...Read more
I had a stroke and get dystonia in my feet and global myoclonic jerks constantly. i am on clonazepam. Can any other meds help?
Potentially there: are other medications that could help you but without knowing your full medical history and examination it is impossible to safely suggest additions or changes. Make an appointment to be seen by a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more
What conditions can cause migraine, fast, sometimes irregular, heart rate and myoclonic jerks (all chronic)?
See a physician: On these are different conditions and may not be related. You should have a physician check you and determine the etiology of your symptoms. ...Read more
What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble usually while drifting off to sleep?Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.
Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor, an ENT doctor, a neurologist, and a sleep medicine specialist can help figure out what is going on if a person has sensations of trouble swallowing while going to sleep. There could be a problem with the nerves controlling muscles in the tongue, throat, esophagus, etc... There could be other disorders (such a swelling, looseness, tumors, etc...) in those parts of the body. ...Read more
What could cause parethesias all over for several months, pain in fingers and toes, dizziness , myoclonic jerks and choking fits while sleeping?
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?
Elderly male with dementia. What are causes of hand tremors? Tremors may prove to be a problem when eating with a spoon. Myoclonic jerks related?
Could myoclonic jerks be from cervical spine stenosis. Before I fall asleep sometimes I have this jerk and I bite my tongue. Happens like once a month?
Sleep disorder: Classically myoclonic jerks are a type of rare seizure disorder, these are rare in adults. And its true that a lot of seizures happen upon waking or going to sleep. You may have a sleep disorder that explains this better. It would be wise to have a sleep study to be sure and there are treatment for these as well. ...Read more
I have unsteady gait for the past 10 months. Mri brain and neck discovered growth within the pineal region. Myoclonic jerks during sleep?
Your treating : Physician would be the best person to answer any concerns you have and what treatment options ate available for you since he would have all the lab results , diagnostic studies on hand. Good luck! ...Read more