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What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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