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Have body jerking, tingling, neck pain, tremor. Suggestions?

Hi, I am a 36 year old mother who is having frequent (full body) jerking throughout the night, tingling feeling from head to toe while resting (also increasing in frequency), chronic pain in neck and on the left side of my head/face. I had an episode for several days where I felt as if I had a constant internal tremor and then had to be admitted to the hospital because of these body jerks in which I had to be totally sedated in order to get it to stop. My 16 year old daughter was admitted a year prior to the hospital for something similar (body jerks, full body muscle spasm ). We keep getting sent back and forth between doctors without getting any help. Do you have any suggestions as to what we should ask our physicians in order to get some type of answers?
Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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These jerks could be myoclonic jerks. A few myoclonic jerks are normal in a person, and they typically occur while we are falling asleep or getting up in the morning. However, in your case, they are definitely abnormal. We need to rule out myoclonic epilepsy. EEG test could help in that. Also, please et an evaluation done by a neurologist.
Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
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Have body jerking, tingling, neck pain, tremor. Suggestions?

Thank you for writing in. These jerks could be myoclonic jerks. A few myoclonic jerks are normal in a person, and they typically occur while we are falling asleep or getting up in the morning. However, in your case, they are definitely abnormal. We need to rule out myoclonic epilepsy. EEG test could help in that. Also, please et an evaluation done by a neurologist. Best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM Senior Consultant Neurologist Apollo Health City, Hyderabad