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Jumping and cringing in sleep, feel sore and achy in morning. What could this be?

Hi. I have been trying to fimd answers online for the past few days but havent had much luck. My partner has been telling me for about two weeks that I am jumping and cringing in my sleep. He says it wakes him ul and it scares him. However I have no idea that I do this in my sleep, it doesnt wake me up or anything. The only thing I have noticed over the past couple weeks is that when I wake up in the morning my whole body is very sore and achey. I was wondering if maybe you had any ideas on what this could be? My email is YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response

Thank you very much for posting this query in HCM

Before i respond to your question, i would like to say that the medical disorders/condition which can present in this manner are mainly nocturnal epilepsy (complex partial seizure type) and sleep related problems (commonly known as parasomnias).

I have noted the complaints that you have posted

The same two possibilities are there in your case also. Because of sore leg etc there could be a strong possibility of nocturnal seizures of complex partial type in your case.

But you don't have to worry much. The tests which can help us to come to a conclusion are video-EEG test and/or video-polysomnography test. These tests will help us narrow down the possibilities.

I request you to be evaluated by a local neurologist and get these tests done and once the diagnosis is secured, we will be able to help you receive the best treatment.

I hope this clarifies your query

Best wishes
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Payman Hajiazim's  Response
Hi there, thanks for asking. The situation you described could be a condition named periodic leg movement disorder (that it is very common and affects 5 percent of the population) or REM related behavior disorder (which is not common and affects 0.5 percent of the population). periodic leg movement disorder may show itself in the middle age as a primary problem or it could be secondary to some problems like anemia or neuropathic pain problems (like in diabetes, etc). Sometimes, it is induced by some medications or it could be secondary to breathing-related sleep problem. I recommend to check it with your doctor to see what it might be. I wish you the best health.
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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