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    Old 03-18-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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    what is a Muscle jerk?

    what is a Muscle jerk?

     
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    Old 05-30-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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    Re: what is a Muscle jerk?

    According to one source, a muscle jerk is like a twitch or a spasm.
    It is a sudden, involuntary movement of *a limb*.

    I stressed * a limb* because they said if it's a full body spasm, then it's considered to be a seizure.



    Here is their explanation:

    Jerking limbs is a symptom that is often considered synonymous with spasms and convulsions.

    Spasms are involuntary movements of muscles and can differ in scale and intensity. Tics or twitches are considered to be smaller versions of spasms, while a full body spasm is known as a seizure.

    Convulsions and spasms can manifest themselves through head spasms, facial spasms, jerking limbs, body spasms and twitching. Some causes of these disorders include epilepsy, breathing difficulty, brain inflammation, head injury, stroke, whooping cough, breath holding in infants, fever, febrile convulsions, meningitis, encephalitis and alcohol withdrawal.

    Jerking of limbs, spasms, or convulsions can be treated through providing treatment for each type of seizure. For example, spasms or convulsion that have been brought about by alcohol and drug withdrawals can be treated through detoxification, while if the cause is Wilsonís disease, then it can be treated with chelation. If there is a reason to suspect that the convulsions are brought about by hypoglycemia, the individual can be treated with glucose intravenously.

    If you are witnessing the start of a seizure (full body spasm), then it is best to first check the individualís airway, breathing and circulation (ABCs of any medical situation). Ensure the patientís airway is clear and focus on giving care to the patient and protecting him or her from harm. Put a towel under the head so as to prevent injury and loosen his clothing, as well as move any hard or sharp objects away from the patient. Restraint or forcing a hard object into the patientís mouth should not be done as the patientís teeth might get chipped or his jaw fractured. Once the patient is secured, a doctor must be contacted immediately.

     
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