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What medical condition causes uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms/ legs?

What medical condition causes uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms/ legs?

Hypnic jerks: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable Jerking (Definition)

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I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

I'm afraid because when I go to sleep I have uncontrollable jerking motions, what kind of doctor should I visit?

Sleep medicine doc: You should either see an ENT with a skill-set in sleep medicine or a sleep medicine doctor. The jerking motions can represent many things such as restless leg syndrome, leg cramps, or even obstructive sleep apnea. You may need a sleep study to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dizziness, jerking movements?

Dizziness, jerking movements?

? seizure activity: Such symptoms may be seen with myoclonic epilepsy, but could be associated with inner ear pathology. Best to see either a neurologist or an otolaryngologist, as this could affect your work, driving, sports, etc. ...Read more

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Dizziness causing jerking movements?

Dizziness causing jerking movements?

Neurologist: Depending on your age, i would be concerned about central (brain) involvement rather than otologic (ear) disease. Inner ear disease usually causes true feeling of spinning (vertigo). Jerky uncontrolled movements is more consistent with a neurological disorder. I strongly would urge you to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Sudden jerking movements getting worse?

Sudden jerking movements getting worse?

Jerking movements: See your primary care doctor as it may be something which can be easily treated like essential tremors or due to metabolic or neurological condition. ...Read more

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Sudden jerking movements getting worse. Who do I see?

Sudden jerking movements getting worse. Who do I see?

Jerking movements: See your primary care doctor as it may be something which can be easily treated like essential tremors or due to metabolic or neurological condition. ...Read more

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Why do I keep blurting out bad words \ and making jerking movements?

Why do I keep blurting out bad words \ and making jerking movements?

Tourettes syndrome: You probabely have touretts syndronme.You should see your doctor and discuss this and you may be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medicines like haloperidol.So see your doctor or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Why do I keep blurting out the word piggy and making jerking movements?

Why do I keep blurting out the word piggy and making jerking movements?

Tourettes syndrome: You probabely have touretts syndronme.You should see your doctor and discuss this and you may be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medicines like haloperidol.So see your doctor or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are sudden, short jerking movements occurring when the body begins to relax in bed?

What are sudden, short jerking movements occurring when the body begins to relax in bed?

Hypnic jerks: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more

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