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muscle spasms and twitches

Feb 02, 2015 2:24 PM

I am wondering if anyone gets something similar. I get a feeling like someone poked me, not painfully just gets my attention, quickly followed by either limb or body twitches. It seems to happen most when I am trying to relax on the couch or in bed although I have got them in the car.

Feb 02, 2015 2:47 PM

Does it happen mostly when you're trying to relax? The reason I'm asking is that I get that when I'm drifting off to sleep. It's got a name I can't remember at this moment and it happens when sleep is trying to take over and your body is holding onto the last bits of being awake. Google twitching or jerking upon falling asleep and it will give the name. I hope that this is helpful. Good luck!!!

Feb 02, 2015 4:17 PM

Hmmm, sounds like restless leg syndrome.

Feb 02, 2015 5:08 PM

Happened to me when I took Lyrica then again when I took Gabapentin. Funny thing is that is what it is supposed to stop. Nerve pain sucks.

Feb 02, 2015 11:30 PM

I have been on gabapentin since last summer and no recent changes in it. It happens when I am trying to go to sleep but is not limited to that. I am always tense and it seems like when I try to relax it does it. I always know a second before I twitch because I feel like someone poked me when it happens. I wish I could explain it better. It doesn't really hurt just drives me crazy which these days I am feeling is a short drive.

Feb 03, 2015 9:36 AM

The thing I was asking about yesterday is called a Hypnnagogic Jerk or Myocolonic Jerk. The first happening as you fall asleep. It is also commonly known as a hotbox jerk. It is a "sleep switch" or involuntary twitch which occurs right before you're falling asleep. Sometimes they resemble the "jump" experienced by a person when they're startled. It is often accompanied by a falling sensation. Hypnic Jerks are associated with rapid heartbeat, quickened breathing, sweating and sometimes a sensory feeling of shock or falling in ton the void. A higher occurrence of this phenomenon is reported in people with irregular sleep patterns. I'm sure we all know own that those of us that suffer with pain have very irregular sleep patterns. I hope this was helpful to you.

Feb 03, 2015 5:12 PM

I never knew there was a name for these. I've had hypnic jerks, with a sense of falling, ever since I was a little girl. Because it mainly affects my legs, only sometimes my arms or head/neck, my PCP diagnosed restless leg syndrome. Ha!

Feb 04, 2015 1:58 AM

Always I have the jerky like you are talking about like a startled reaction when falling asleep. I always have done that when I fall asleep in a car. Maybe the things I am trying to describe are related. I guess a better description would be when the do a reflex test and bang your knee with that little hammer then your knee jerks. Only in my case I only feel poked on my leg then my leg jerks. They are mainly in my thighs.

Feb 04, 2015 4:35 PM

I get twitches too in small muscle like in the fingers and arms, its a bitch to use the computer when my finger twitches and enters the wrong key or taps the mouse pad when I don't intend to. I also find it happens when I am at rest and laying on the couch. It came on when I started on Lyrica and when I switched from Lyrica to Gabapentin it remained and I still have the problem.

Feb 06, 2015 12:52 AM

Strange cacampbell. I have been on gabapentin for about 6 months when it started so I imagine it could be related. When trying to text at times the phone will bounce in my hand.

Feb 06, 2015 1:50 AM

I get the feeling like I was hit in the head and then i have a full body style spasm most of the time I have the bed shaking leg and body spasms with outthegettinghitin the head feeling. But when he "hammer" hits I get to put the bed back after the pain subsides. Love those upto 10" bed movements.

And yes I've been tested for seizures but I didn't have any of the hammer hits so I was told no seizures. Yeah I guess.

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