Involuntary Muscle Jerks

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Shohei Harase

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Neurology

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  • Limbs on one side of the body jerk when / just after waking up

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It refers to sudden, brief involuntary twitching or jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Involuntary muscle jerks

Possible causes

  • Paroxysmal exercise-induced dance athetosis

    It is a movement disorder that causes involuntary, irregular, unpredictable muscle movements induced by exercise. The disorder can make someone look like they're dancing or look restless or fidgety.

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  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (Jantz syndrome)

    Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is an epilepsy syndrome characterized by myoclonic jerks (quick jerks of the arms or legs), generalized seizures, and sometimes, absence seizures. They often occur when people first awaken in the morning. The exact cause is unknown. A family history of epilepsy or gene mutations may sometimes be linked to the condition.

  • Eclampsia

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