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What Is The Best Treatment For Myoclonic Jerks
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
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
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
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
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