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3 Ways to Tell Whether You're Having Myoclonic Seizures

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3 Ways to Tell Whether You're Having Myoclonic Seizures
Woman having seizure on ground. Photo Credit KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

"Myo" stands for muscle, and "clonus" means rapid alternation between contractions and relaxation periods. Myoclonic seizure patients, therefore, usually experience fleeting muscle jerks or twitches. If you're having a myoclonic episode, you might feel like you're being shocked or are having repeated, uncontrollable spasms or shudders.

It is common for people without seizures to experience brief myoclonic spasms like hiccups, eyelid twitches or jerking while falling asleep, so these symptoms don't necessarily indicate seizure activity. Talk with your doctor if you're concerned that your myoclonic symptoms are becoming severe or are not within normal parameters.

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