Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
full body "jerks" while falling asleep and leg pain
When drifting into sleep, I have full body electric-like jerks/twitches that make me jump up, over and over, night after night, and constant leg aches/pain when laying down. My doctor said the "jerks" are normal, but they are driving me nuts trying to get to sleep every night. This has been going on for about 2 months and seems to be getting worse. The night time leg pain, I have had for years.....my doctor says I need more exercise. I am 54 years old and have been on effexor for 2 years.  It doesn't appear to be RLS, any ideas?
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
681268 tn?1226574086
I too am going through the same thing. and I have no idea, ive been looking for answers myself. Is this stress related? uum, plus I have weird face twitches as well. I'm over weight, Ive been doing more during the day as in physical work, Ive been taking Ibuprophen. I pray read scriptures.lol... I'm on symbolta 60 Mg (where depression doesnt hurt..lol), have you seen that commercial? It's 4am CST here in Dallas, Tx. My body is starting to hurt from lack of sleep, my arms,hips, legs, etc.... I'm getting my nights and days mixed up, ive been unemployeed since March of this yr. and I'm on the ext. for unemployment and I have 2 more semi-monthly payments left and my unempl. is exhausted and I pray that a president ok's a another ext. soon. So, I'm guessing My is from stress and lack of sleep due to the stress "vicious circle". I-yi-yi
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Hi.

The symptoms which you are describing correlate with a condition known as a hypnic or hypnagogic jerk. It is an involuntary muscle twitch occurring during sleep. The patients usually describe it as an electric shock or a falling sensation while on bed.

The occurrence is reported by most people, especially when exhausted or sleeping uncomfortably. Researchers consider it a part of the natural sleeping process just like reduced rate of breathing and a reduced heart rate but the exact cause is still unknown.  One hypothesis states that the muscles tend to relax for rest while the brain remains awake, leading to a “misinterpretation” of falling or loss of balance.

A substantial number of people who have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) also have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS), both of which lead to disturbed sleep. You should visit a neurologist or a sleep specialist stating your history and medication details. A thorough examination, sleep study and appropriate medication will surely provide you relief from symptoms, leading to sound sleep.

Regards.

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923 tn?1452919248
Blank
Allentown, PA
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
5265383 tn?1465260698
Blank
ON
11079760 tn?1449081557
Blank
Minneapolis, MN
209987 tn?1451939065
Blank
AB
1780921 tn?1462244109
Blank
Queen Creek, AZ