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I know someone who sometimes has jerks on awakening. The jerks are invisible but she feels them only inside the arms/shoulders. Sometimes in the legs.

If the light from the sun are strong and it blows outside and the light is shining sharply on the tabel or a white piece of paper she can get this jerks.

She has had an EEG perform and it's normal. But she didn't sleep on the EEG, and I have read that the most safe way to the diagnosis of JME is a sleep deprivated EEG on awakening. Has she this type of epilepsy or can it be something else?

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replied December 22nd, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description, it seems that your friend might be having a form of epilepsy called myoclonic epilepsy. Such a condition is associated with body jerks like movements when exposed to light (photosensitivity), when a person is stressed or excited.

The other possible causes include restless leg syndrome, general anxiety, depression, endocrine disorders like hyperthyroidism ( can be associated with hyperactive reflexes).

You might consult with a neurologist, who can examine your friend , gather a appropriate complete history and decide upon the treatment measures.

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