Jerking of the legs

About three months ago my legs started to constantly jerk (you know the feeling that you get when you're almost asleep and all of a sudden your body jerks.) Well that jerking has driven me crazy for the last three months.  Some days are better than others of course; however, the jerking is constant when sitting or laying down. It completely interferes with my sleep. Some night's I can't sleep at all. I have no idea what is causing this to happen. 

Parkinson's disease runs in my family on both sides. I've wondered if that could be a reason. 

I've had RLS and this is not the same.

Anybody got any ideas?

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  • mouchetmmouchet Posts: 44
    edited 07/29/2019 - 9:42 AM

    Edited by Sandra for medical advice

  • I was going to suggest RLS, but you've mentioned that you've experienced it previously.

    However, it may still be RLS that's causing it, but if you have any doubts, absolutely seek medical advice.

    I've had RLS for a while now, but at times, my feet will literally fly up into the air leaving the mattress completely.  It was so bad that my cat refused to sleep at the foot of my bed.  Since then, it's become a little milder again and the cat has returned, but RLS continues (and the cat thinks it's an animal under the quilt moving so attacks my feet).

    But as I wrote, absolutely seek medical advice if you have any doubts.

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  • tym4772 - There are many things that can trigger "jerking of the legs".  I'd suggest you first discuss with your PCP.  If you want to get into more discussion of specialists to see, please private message me.  I'll gladly discuss based upon my on experience.

  • SpineyKD23SSpineyKD23 IllinoisPosts: 23

    Any changes to your medications? I had undiagnosed jerking movements in various parts of my body. The only conclusion made was a possible side effect of the many medications I began taking. Mine was not constant though and it would come and go. Mostly occurred when I was very tired or trying to relax my body. It eventually went away on its own. When I was younger I had less aggressive, but persistent leg muscle twitching and jerks due to nerve irritation that then affected my leg muscles. Start with your primary doctor then maybe a neurologist.

  • I experience exactly the same symptoms, I don't feel like this is standard RLS. However, I find that taking Requip helps immensel , but it will por you to sleep so it's not great if you just want to lounge around the house. 

    One workaround that seems to help in the short term is to lie on a hardwood floor and stretch out those gluteus muscles. Take a chair and put your legs up on (edit to remove link)and then watch TV with your legs on the chair for a couple of hours. The stretch should allow you to relax until it's time for bed.

    Of course, work in some regular exercise as much as you can. 

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