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Doctor insights on: What Is The Best Treatment For Myoclonic Jerks

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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Is it normal to have myoclonic jerks after od?

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 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 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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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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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

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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

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

Hmmm: Could still be myoclonus. Possibilities include epileptic myoclonus, subcortical myoclonus, and other other movement disorders. Movement disorders which occur during sleep are not psychological, so something is going on. I would visit neurologist. ...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