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"Falling" sensation and legs jerking waking me up.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Sleep Problems
You know those dreams where you fall and you wake up with your heart pounding.

Its happening to me very frequently, and I don't recall a dream. Sometimes it happens several times a night.

I also experience my leg jerking and waking me up. This happens in the middle of the day while I'm fully awake too.

Once in awhile I take an ambien for sleep, and it doesn't seem to stop these things.

anyone going through anything similar?



  • its called myoclonic jerks /{IT WONT HARM YOU}
  • its called myoclonic jerks /{IT WONT HARM YOU}
  • Straker's totally right. And while they are annoying they're basically harmless, though they can be be a sign of neurological problems. I had them many times a day/night prior to my fusion surgery. Which makes sense given that my nerves/spinal cord were being squished. But within a week of my surgery they had all but stopped. Now it only happens occasionally as I'm falling asleep, which is totally normal. Given your spinal issues, I'd say it's pretty normal.
  • Communicate you for distribution? Is that even english". Sounds like something 1 would get from a chinese distributer,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Wth? No offense but are we now getting spammed from foreign computers?Or did they just mess up your meds. Go to the er cause I think your having a stroke. :)
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  • Anyways.... Yeah, I have them all the time. In fact, they are so frequent when I start to go to sleep, that I can actually time them. Just starting to drift, and in the back of my mind, OK, here comes the right shoulder....ah, there it is.

    Now, that being said and actually being rather intrigued by them, I have had some that are so violent that I have woken my wife out of a dead sleep with them, and in two separate cases, almost fallen out of bed.

    I restarted Gabapentin (Neurontin) recently and have noticed a marked increase and strength increase of the "spasm". I don't know if that is to e expected, but oh well. So long as it does not do that to my heart or bladder ;-P

    Best Wirshes,
  • When this happens to me, I realize that I was not properly relaxed. As I fall asleep, my muscles relax some, and that causes the sense falling.

    Relaxing your muscles when you are laying down is very important to the resting and healing process.

    Could this be the case with you?
  • jerks, twitching and restless leg syndrome is a magnesium deficiency....

    take magnesium citrate at night before going to bed....

    drugs deplete magnesium from the body....
    Live to Pray
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