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Are Muscles Spasms symptoms of Jackson's (partial) Epilepsy?

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For about 15 yrs I have struggled with a problem that has gotten no better or worse. My childhoold doctor dismissed it as nerves, but I have come to realize it is obviously not.
I will get a feeling that something is about to happen (not a smell or taste, just a "feeling"), then I will experience muscle jerking down one side of my body (face, legs. hand, arm). It happens on both sides, but NEVER the same time. Lasts about 10-15 seconds each, never losing consciousness. Happens much more when I am active.
MRI clean. EKG inconclusive to anything. Could this be Jacksonian? Is there anything I should ask to have done? Thank you so much.


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replied June 19th, 2006
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It sounds as if you are experiencing partial epilepsy (Jackson’s epilepsy) but this condition requires evidence via a proven EEG. A CT-scan and an MRI are used afterwards to confirm an organic cause for epilepsy. You can consult a neurologist.
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