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in early sixties, constant feeling of incomplete sleep even after sufficient rest, frequent twitching throughout the body, stuttering and jaw locking on speaking. Cause?

I am almost 60, female. I never get enough sleep. I can go on sleeping until I force myself to get up. I have various twitches through out my body which can include fingers, hand , knee , foot , leg, etc. They are quick twitches but they are getting to be more often. I often have trouble speaking to people, which includes stuttering and my jaw locking up before I can say what I am thinking. Until this past year, I have never had a problem speaking to anyone. It is a major part of my job. Does this sound like the beginning of any specific ailment or just getting older?
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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Hi, thank you for the query. Based on your age, your symptom profile; what you are describing as twitches might infact turn out to be myoclonic jerks which are involuntary contractions of group of muscles. They can occur at any time but are most common just prior to falling asleep. Other symptoms like speaking difficulties, locked jaw along with these myoclonic jerks are pointers towards a disease known as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD). This is a degenerative disease. Definitive diagnosis shall require EEG, MRI brain coupled with detailed history & physical examination. At this point, I would urge you to consult your Neurologist as soon as possible & get a definitive answer. Good luck
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