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Old 06-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #1
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Symptoms of possible early onset

My husbands father had alzheimers and his older brother waa diagnosed at age 55 with early onset. naturally i worry about my husband.
All of a sudden his sleep pattern has changed. While asleep he now has rythmatic body jerking that can go on for hours. His entire body or certain body limbs will jerk in this rythmatic pattern. He is scheduled for a sleep study next friday and im hoping the data will reveal something. Ive been sleeping with him for close to 33 years and this new sleep pattern has just started within the last couple months. It will awaken me from a deep sleep usually one hear after going to sleep and it can keep me up because it jerks the entire bed. He does nto wake from it but it will get so bad i will have to go to another room just to get some sleep. If anyone knows anything about this or possible association with alzheimers

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Old 06-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: Symptoms of possible early onset

What frequency are these jerks? As in several a minute or one every few minutes. Sleep Apnea comes to mid if it happens with longer intervals. I have no idea what it would be if it was more frequent. Glad he is going to the sleep center for diagnosis.

As for it being a symptom of early Alz... I doubt it. I have never head of that type of physical symptom. Slight behavioral changes are the earlier symptoms you see with Alz... most have no symptoms until they are well into the disease. If he is concerned he could go to a memory assessment center or cognitive testing center.

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Old 06-09-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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This sounds like myoclonic jerks to me. You could google myoclononis to see if that is what you are describing. I believe there are medications available to control this, so I would suggest that a visit to your doctor might help.


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Re: Symptoms of possible early onset

my husband jerks while he sleeps all the time. i would never even have thought of dementia . he went for a sleep study and found nothing. i am glad to hear your husband is going. please let us know what they find. by the way, we sleep on twins that are next to each other. he still wakes me up. good luck and i hope it is not serious.

Old 06-20-2011, 04:25 PM   #5
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Re: Symptoms of possible early onset

Do you know if your husband's father and brother also had these types of movements? Also, does your husband experience these movements only while asleep, or also while he's awake? I don't know if Alzheimer's would cause these symptoms, but I do know that other neurological conditions could. It could also be a sleep related condition. Maybe the sleep study will show something. Good luck to you and your hubby!

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