A jerk, also known as twitching, is a rapid, abrupt, and sudden movement. They can happen as a result of hiccups during sleep or from a pathology induced by a head injury, illness, poisoning, or a medication reaction.

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Does Alzheimer's disease cause sudden jerking of hands and legs?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother aged 85 years is taking drugs for Alzheimer's for over six months. She suffered sudden jerks of hands and legs. She was admitted to the ICU and is now shifted to a room. She was treated with antibiotics and given sedation drugs. Will the jerks come back? She is taking medicin...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. Although it is not clear whether she suffered myoclonic jerks or seizure episodes (jerks along with a loss of consciousness, frothing at the mouth, unrolling of eyes) as both of them can present in late Alzheimer's disea...  Read Full »

How to know if my on and off fasciculations and muscle twitching are signs of multiple sclerosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old female. I do not drink or smoke, and I am not overweight. I am having on and off fasciculations all over my body for the past year. Also, I started noticing little jerks and twitches of leg, arm, and lips. I am COVID positive now, and all my nerve issues are more ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I would explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of MS (multiple sclerosis), but they may indicate benign fasciculation syndrome. I would recommend performing the following tests: 1) Complete b...  Read Full »

How to prevent episodes of partial seizures?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a partial seizure. Suddenly, I scream at night while sleeping. I have a funny smell, shortness of breath, jerking of hands and legs. I have these symptoms for 12 years after the death of my father. Currently, I am taking Tegrital CR 400 mg in the morning and 600 mg in the night. I a...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are taking one of the best medications for partial seizures. You need to continue taking it. You should follow these guidelines to prevent getting seizures. You should not miss the dosage of your medication. You should take enough sleep and do not keep waking up...  Read Full »

Why do I get tics like head hitting, neck jerks, and twitching?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tics such as head hitting, neck and back jerking, and twitching, among others. I sometimes get verbal tics, too, where I make noises or shout. I am 17, and they are starting to get harder to suppress, and I am not diagnosed with anything. I talked to my doctor, and he just gave...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would not ignore these symptoms right away. Instead, I would suggest to get an MRI brain along with an EEG (electroencephalography) to check for any brain issues which may or may not be causing the tics. If everything is normal, I would suggest to involve yours...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have too many tics developed in a short time as a teenager?

Query: Hi doctor, My 13-year-old daughter developed a tic for about a month. And it started with a shoulder shrug (one side, left shoulder) and has progressed to several upper body tics. About six tics (head jerking, shoulder shrug, arm jerk or extending, hand hitting thigh, hand hitting chest, and hand f...  Read Full »

Dr. Gursimran Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand the situation, and I am sorry for her to face this situation. Yes, the prime age of a child developing tic disorder is 11 to 13 years. Usually, tic disorder has comorbid conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity d...  Read Full »

Is it normal for a 7-month-old baby to have jerks?

Query: Hi doctor, My 7 months old baby boy is dropping down his head occasionally. Sometimes, he has some mild jerks. Jerks were at the time after his feeding or after he wakes up. That time, he just swallows or lick his lips with tongue. Otherwise, his activities are very normal. He can hear us, identify...  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to have read your question with care and understand that you are concerned about few jerks your kid has. First and foremost, I would like to appreciate and congratulate you for giving detailed descriptions. Regarding the jerks, they are quite normal for his age. You need t...  Read Full »

Why am I feeling frequent jerks in the body?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently met a neurologist as I was experiencing jerks (for atleast 5-6 times) during sleep and also during day time when I used to feel as if I have received a current shock. With family history of epilepsy, he wanted me to take EEG and an MRI. In the MRI, he noticed white patch li...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are getting frequent headaches and vomitings please consult a neurologist/neurosurgeon at the earliest. Watch for visual symptoms like blurring or double vision. We might be dealing with two different problems here like epilepsy and an incidental finding of DVA. ...  Read Full »

Is Surgery The Only Option For Knee Buckling?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male. I have been having knee buckling problem for some time. The problem started in the right knee about four years back and since then I have stopped sports. However, at times during some movement or jerk, I get this buckling problem and pain for two to three day...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and the reports attached here (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a cruciate ligament injury along with meniscal injury and you also have symptoms related to it. So, surgery is indicated in your case. It will not set...  Read Full »

Why do I get sudden jerks when I am about to sleep?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 31 years old, male. My problem is when I am about to go to sleep then there is a sudden jerk. I asked my wife. I do not jerk while sleeping or in middle of sleep. It happens just when I am about to fall asleep. Suddenly a quick jerk. It happens for a couple of times then finally I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you are suffering from hypnic jerks only. This is not a disease. It is a behavioral issue. I have successfully treated my patients with hypnic jerk by following measures. To reduce caffeine intake and particularly in evening. To stop alcohol and smoking completely,...  Read Full »

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