Seizure or just anxiety?

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   Posted 10/25/2006 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, im new to this site. Just know i was sitting on my bed waiting for my sister to be done with the computer, my legs were sort of half off the bed, touching the ground. In this position I layed down and closed my eyes with my feet sort of off the bed still, i started to doze off and suddenly my leg shot up a little in the air and it shook a little, if i were to time it, it lasted about 1/8 of a second, maybe not even that much. I've had a panic attack a year ago, and right now im sort of hypochondriac so i was startled and still am. This has happened to me before, some times to my arm or other part of my body, but ONLY when i start to go to sleep. Did i have a seizure?

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   Posted 10/25/2006 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell.  It sounds like you might be having what are called Myocolonic Jerks.  I would suggest talking to your PCP about this.  They are not necessarily seizures but can be related to them sometimes.  Go see your doctor and keep us posted.

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   Posted 10/27/2006 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
for what it's worth, I find that I have far less myoclonic jerks when I get enough sleep regularly and eat more healthily (I have no idea how much sleep you get or how well you eat). Hang in there.

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   Posted 11/6/2006 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It's hard to say whether it was a seizure or not, but I can say from experience that my brain activity is more apparent right as I'm starting to fall asleep.  My epileptologist told me that 'popping' as you are falling asleep is normal, everyone does it.  It is just more apparent in people with seizures, I wouldn't worry about it too much.  Until it starts to effect your waking life, it's possible that it's normal brain activity.  I hope that's the case! :-)
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