About a year ago I started twitching. Well maybe twitching is not descriptive enough; it was more of a violent jerking of my arms. We are talking full on and if you were too close you might get hit. It almost always happened at night. I would try to stop them from happening but that would only increase the pain that I was already feeling. The twitches made it difficult to relax and would shake me out of my sleep.
As with most new symptoms I experience I usually assume it is from my multiple sclerosis. When I saw my neurologist I explained the symptoms and my fiancée showed him a video of what it looked like. My neurologist suggested it might not be related to MS but that it could be something called myoclonic seizures.
According to Epilepsy.com, “Myoclonic seizures are brief, shock-like jerks of a muscle or a group of muscles. “Myo” means muscle and “clonus” means rapidly alternating contraction and relaxation, jerking or twitching, of a muscle. Usually they don’t last more than a second or two. There can be just one, but sometimes many will occur within a short time.”
In terms of my own “episodes” while the jerks last for a second or two, they continue until I take something to assist me with sleeping such as Nyquil or sleeping aids. While it was not an official diagnosis my doctor prescribed Clonazepam which seems to work so far.
I was also referred to a seizure doctor and I will have to go for a video EEG. They will hook electrodes to my head which will measure my brain waves at night. They will also be filming me the whole time to capture the jerking as they happen.
The hope is that once they can give me an official diagnosis they can treat the seizures properly. I am not sure if that means that I will remain on the same medication or if something different will be prescribed.
I will try to give an update once I know more of what is happening.
Have you experienced seizures or twitching?
Patrick is a Chicago born comedian and blogger. He is in school to be a teacher and enjoys playing ukulele and listening to music in his spare time. He uses humor to deal with adversity. He is where tragedy meets comedy and comedy always wins.