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My husband's whole body jerks at different times during the night while he sleeps. It isn't when he's drifting off to sleep, but can be two hours later or anytime during the night. It just isn't a leg or arm, it's the whole body and often it awakes me. He'll jerk once and then a few minutes later jerks again and then again, etc. He says that he is dreaming and I should awaken him, and he'll turn over. Before he started taking meds, he would have dreams that he is being chased and he used to reach out his arms to stop the things that was chasing him. Those kind of dreams are part of PD, a sleep disorder of some kind, I think. I forget what the medical term is called. His dreams aren't quite so bad but he still has this jerking. I also noticed the jerking started years ago but it was much milder and PD wasn't in the picture yet.
Has another else noticed this problem?
Posted on 01/24/09, 02:14 pm
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Reply #1 - 01/24/09  7:55pm
" This "body jerking thing" was the first odd sign I experienced several years before the tremor started in my left hand. My husband commented about it many times. It's less frequent now that I'm on Requip but still wakes me up now and then. I think it's my body's reaction to that annoying restless leg deal when I'm asleep. Interesting, I didn't know anyone else started with that... The first sign for many people is a decrease in their sense of smell or shouting/flailing during vivid dreams.
If you husband still has problems "acting out" during dreams my MDS says to try melatonin (SP?) 3 mg at bedtime for 2 weeks, then 6mg at bedtime. I haven't tried it but he's always up on all the current research. "
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Reply #2 - 01/25/09  6:35am
" I am sorry to say yes I know what your hubby is going through had one of those nights has night, told my neuro about night timr trimmers he said no but them it is usually followed, or preceeded by a ni;ght where i wake up in the exact position i fell a sleep in "
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Reply #3 - 01/27/09  7:20am
" My wife says I walk, and talk in my sleep. I am completely unaware of this but I beliEve she her..We've researched this phonemena and it exits in almost all Parkinson's individuals. "
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Reply #4 - 01/28/09  10:16am
" Thanks for your replies. It hasn't gotten out of hand yet, and I hope it doesn't. I mentioned the jerking to the internist the last time we went to the MDS but she didn't say too much about it. However, before Christmas our MDS gave a talk on PD and he mentioned that one of the symptoms for PD was REM which is a sleep behavior disorder.
If it gets any worse I'll tell the specialist the next time we go to see him.
I don't think my husband wants to take anymore pills if he can help it. "
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Reply #5 - 01/29/09  11:48am
" my husband is doing the same thing. He was on requip, then the dr changed it to stop the hand shaking. As soon as that happened, we were up all night with the jerking.(first time that had happened) Dr changed meds again, still jerking. I stopped all Parkinsons meds till his next appointment, and STILL jerking, so I put him back on requip, jerking stopped. Requip is used for restless leg, so I am thinking he has that, so the requip is addressing that problem. He also has nightmares, but can't tell me what the problme is, (he has a brain tumor also and has lost most language)I don't know if he just got the restless leg thing or has had is as he has been on requip for about a year. Hope this helps. "
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Reply #6 - 01/30/09  5:51pm
" ConnieBell
My husband also has these symptoms. sometimes jumps out of bed attacking the "attacker" in his dreams. He has gotten much better since he started taking clonipin a medication that helps with this sleep disorder. He was swinging and talking out loud also. Hope this helps in someway. "
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Reply #7 - 02/02/09  4:10am
" i decided to not read the answers before mine. Dreams , living out dreams in the sleep state are very common with pd

Just another shit side effect

My neuro keeps asking me if l experience these things

Well how would i know, im asleep and sleep alone

All i can say is that if you need an amazing movie scenario, you should crawl into my mind at night when im sleeping "
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Reply #8 - 03/13/09  7:40pm
" Connie: My husband does the same thing. Scares me sometimes, makes me cry most of the time. He is taking Requip and Azilect and has had some relief, but not much. He has always been a quiet person, therefore does not tell me if he is having any issues severe side effects. He just turned 50 and has been diagnosed for about 2 years now. Just sent our only child off to college last fall and this should be the time of our lives, but he, unfortunately, cannot do much of anything that involves walking, talking or fine motor skills. Lost his job last summer during these economic times and no employer is going to hire someone shuffling in to their office, trembling, and has icy cold hands. Social Security doesn't think he is disabled. Hang in there and be the loving and supporting person I am sure you have always been. "
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Reply #9 - 03/14/09  8:22pm
" My father has done this for some time now to the point of actually pushing my mother out of bed just recently. He has advanced stages of the disease and I am not sure if this has anything to do with it being worse then it use to be. I know that he is dreaming while doing this and does also yell out and move his arms around. Not sure if this helps... "
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Reply #10 - 03/15/09  7:42pm
" My husband does this body jerking thing nightly. He has said for several months before I was dxd with PD that whatever I had he has too. He has stopped saying that since we know I have PD. (don't blame him wish I could do away with it). He has essential tremor and at times it is hard to eat, he shakes so violently. We had no idea that this jerking is part of PD. He has other symptoms so he may have been right to begin with. I pray not.
Sherma "

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