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[QUOTE=Director]My doctor seemed to think I might have Restless Leg Syndrome, but I have my doubts. I thought I'd see what people on this forum thought. I have Chronic pain and have been on opiate pain medication for over four years now. I am now having full body jerks or twitches while I sleep. They are sometimes quite violent according to my wife, that's why I call them jerks. I have been on Hydrocodone, Oxycontin. Oxycodone, Duragesic patches, and now I'm on Methadone, 180 mgs per day. Can anyone tell me if they think the body jerks I experience could be caused by the medication? I have not experienced them before I went on the Meth. Any help you can give me with this would be really appreciated.[/QUOTE]

I was pleased to run across what you described as "Jerks" I called them twitches. I am on the Duragesic patches and have had two back surgeries. I can't recall if they started before or after the pain medications but I believe it was before. I know the " jerks" have kept me awake many times at night but I don't often get them during the day. I did discuss these "jerks" with my doctors and they assured me it was not due to my condition or drugs. I was left to assume it was just the lack of any kind of physical activity. I was really active before my injury and spend 95% of the day laying down. From someone that went from working 12 hour days and walking miles to go to not doing anything for 3 years now is really a challenge. I have started an aquatic workout because of my muscle loss and shortness of breath in hopes that will work. I don't know if this will help the jerks. I really hope it does because they are really annoying and there is nothing it seems I can do to prevent them but if the aquatic theropy helps I will sure let you know

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