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[COLOR=Indigo][CENTER][B]Good Morning Everyone :wave: [/B] [/CENTER]

[INDENT]I am feeling a little better this morning so I think I will be able to type a little more.
I too have suffered with these movements while drifting off to sleep. The first time that I did experience this was after my lumbar fusion. I did discuss this with my neuro surgeon and he said that many of his patient's also stated this same feeling after surgery, but also told me that it wouldn't last long. He was correct as after several weeks it did stop. But later on during my recovery I started to experience the same feeling again. My husband had even noticed it when I would take a nap on the couch. I didn't mention it to my doctor again as It was something that I had kept forgetting to mention but it did eventually stop. For the past several months I have also had pain in both shoulder's biceps & triceps. I do have cervical injury's as well. My neuro wasn't sure if my bilateral arm pain was because of my cervical injury. When the pain became very severe and I developed adhesive capsulitis in both shoulder's they finally ordered two MRI's. The finding's were SLAP injury's in both shoulder's and Tendonitis in rotator cuff with a benign tumor in each shoulder near my nerves. This explains why I can't type to well these days. But once again I am experiencing the jolting feeling but this time in my shoulder's. This only happens as I drift off to sleep, at least this is what I think. I have done much research on this and have posted what I could find on it.

I have read that hypnic jerks occur at the onset of sleep. I read on a neurology board that one patient had this so severely that he had to take medication's for it. I am presuming that this patient' was not as fortunate as I was and the hypnic jerks stayed with him.
I also learned that noctumal myoclonus consists of periodic limb movements that occur while you're actually asleep during stage l and stage ll.

I believe that for many of us, that our nerves have been affected either by compression, decompression, scar tissue, error, etc. I also believe that doctor's don't entirely understand all their is to know about the nerves, how can they? But what they can do is try and treat the patient's symptom's. Meds & Test's, the story of my life....

I did reread your post Mistina, and realized that you said that your whole body is jerking while drifting off to sleep. I would then suggest you speak with your doctor about having a sleep study. I just recently had one done. Unfortunately, I had mine done before my arms started the jerking movement. They did find sleep apnea. When you have this study done they monitor your entire body with electrodes. I had mine done at my local hospital and it is only a five hour test.

Good Luck To You All.[/INDENT]

[CENTER][B]:angel: Jeanne :angel:[/B] [/CENTER] [/COLOR]
Posterolateral Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy & Discectomy on L4,L5,S1 June 2003
Instrumentation = 2 Rods, 6 Screws, 2 Disc Spacers
[U]Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03[/U]
The thecal sac appears to be deviated slightly to the left around L5.
Mild posteior subcutaneous edema.
L3-L4 mild circumferential disc bulge.
L4-5, L5-S1, mild disc bulges are noted.
Follow up MRI recommended. (Neuro surgeon said report was incorrect)
[U]Lumbar MRI 1/20/04[/U]
Small amount of post operative fluid collection at level L4 which does not appear to communicate with the thecal sac.
Encasement of the thecal sac at L4-5 level by enchancing soft tissue, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
Displacement of the left S1 nerve root, consistent with epidural fibrosis.
[U]Lumbar Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
Mild indentation on the subarachnoid space is noted at the level of L4-5 & L5-S1 where there is non-specific soft tissue slightly displacing the subarachnoid space.
[U]Lumbar Post Myelogram 2/26/04[/U]
L4-5 non-specific soft tissue is noted in the dorsal & ventral epidural space..
L5-S1, there is non-specific soft tissue noted in the ventral epidural space slightly displacing the dural sac posteriorly.
[U]EMG 9/13/04[/U]
Distal Peroneal Neuropathy Bilaterally
Bilateral Chronic L4 versus L5 Radiculopathy
Straightening of the Normal Cervical Lordosis.
Mild Congenital Narrowing of the Spinal Canal.
C4-5, C5-6, C6-7 Herniated Discs
C4-5 & C5-6 , Cord Flattening at these levels.

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