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I Was Just Diagnosed. Is Violent Jerking Of Arms And Legs At Night A Common Symptom Of PD?

I Was Just Diagnosed. Is Violent Jerking Of Arms And Legs At Night A Common Symptom Of PD?

Just when I get relaxed for a night's sleep my legs start jerking and my arms flail. It only lasts a few seconds but happens again a few minutes later and again and again. I'm also feeling muscle spasms in my back when it happens. This happens nightly with soreness and stiffness the next morning.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I take another Half dose of my med ( carbidodopa/levodopa) it takes 30 to 45 minutes for it to be effective, but it works. Ask your doctor if that's ok for you.

posted 4 days ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you Windy. I had an appointment with my doctor last week. She upped my med. I actually slept thru the night last night!

posted about 17 hours ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Yes, jerking is part of PD. I even felt down from the bed twice! Now I use something to protect my side of the bed. You can get it from Amazon.

posted 16 days ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you bbonham. I truly appreciate your response

posted 20 days ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Mary425
It is called REM sleep. It happens to a lot of us and we have no memory of it. I don’t know if you remember or not but I don’t. I’ve screamed, I yell I tell people off I swear which I don’t do when I’m conscious, I flail my arms but my grandkids and my husband know actually what I do because they have all heard me. I have had that for a long time and I just thought I talk in my sleep. I guess it’s much more than that and the doctors say it’s called REM sleep. It doesn’t last long but it’s enough that it is noticed. Once I was in the hospital and I told one of the nurses on day shift about this sleep disorder and she forgot to tell the nurse coming in so the nurse that came in the morning said “oh my you talk in your sleep don’t you”.. YUP I guess you could put it that way. LOL my husband and I have gotten some good laughs over stuff I’ve done or said. But it’s embarrassing if you’re in a hospital or you’re in a hotel room and you scream or you’re staying with friends. I tell people before I go to bed that if this happens please ignore me. And it will…. It happens every night that I am able to sleep even if only a couple of hours…REM sleep always finds time to appear,

posted 20 days ago
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