Involuntary muscle jerks

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

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

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

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