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Can Myoclonic Epilepsies kill people ? how much does it exactly hurts people ?

I wanna knw more.Please dont google it and paste the whole definition here.thx.

Is it one of d worst disease ever or can it be taken ?

Please tell me d side effects of this desease..

Thx alot...
HOW TO CURE THIS DESEASE ?sorry forgot to ask..

Myclonic epilepsy shouldn't hurt anyone unless they fall or hit something as a result of a seizure. Epilepsy doesn't really have a "cure," but with medication it can be controlled.  (+ info)

Does smoking marijuana help control Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Hi i was wondering if smoking marijuana will help control my epilepsy.

It really helped me, but I also know people who it made worse. You won't know what it does for you unless you try it, which I won't condone or condemn you doing.  (+ info)

could I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or Restless leg syndrome?

So I went to the neurologist today about my muscle spasms i had for a year, he says that i probably have restless leg syndrome because the spasms are worse more at night and i move a lot or i could have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy..... but to have the epilepsy, don't i have to have seizures? I never had a seizure once, and if i don't really feel like i have the syndrome because my spasms are bad the whole day, it just seems a little worse at night, most nights are fine.......somebody help please, i'm 16 years old if that helps you

The thing with JME is that if you have it, the muscle spasms you're having ARE seizures. With RLS (restless leg syndrome) you would feel like you have ants crawling up your legs or like you HAVE to move them. With JME, it's like your muscles just have a "hiccup". There's no warning, you don't feel the muscle priming most of the time, it just happens. That's just a quick, split-second misfiring in your brain that makes it happen. And a seizure IS a misfiring in the brain, no matter how short. There are actually many types of seizures.  (+ info)

What is Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers?

initials M.E.R.R.F.

MERRF syndrome (or Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers) is a mitochondrial disease. It is extremely rare, with an estimated prevalence of 1/400,000 in Europe, and has varying degrees of expressivity owing to heteroplasmy.
It involves the following characteristics:
* progressive myoclonic epilepsy
* "Ragged Red Fibers" - clumps of diseased mitochondria accumulate in the subsarcolemmal region of the muscle fiber and appear as "Ragged Red Fibers" when muscle is stained with modified Gömöri trichrome stain
* short stature
* hearing loss
* lactic acidosis
* exercise intolerance
* poor night vision

The MERRF syndrome is caused by a maternally-inherited mutation at position 8344 in the mitochondrial genome in over 80% of cases. This point mutation disrupts the mitochondrial gene for tRNA-Lys and so disrupts synthesis of proteins essential for oxidative phosphorylation. Like many mitochondrial diseases, there is no cure for MERRF and treatment is primarily symptomatic. High doses of Coenzyme Q10 and L-Carnitine have been tried with little success as therapies in hopes of improving mitochondrial function.

Myoclonus with epilepsy with ragged red fibers: A rare disorder of mitochondrial metabolism characterized by myoclonic epilepsy and ragged-red muscle fibers. Mitochondria are the part of the body cells that produce energy.
Symptoms include:

# Incoordination
# Myoclonic seizures
# High level of lactic acid in blood
# Optic atrophy
# Jerky eye movements
# Dementia
# Hearing loss
# Short stature
# Weakness

Myoclonic epilepsy and ragged-red fiber disease (MERRF)
An A to G transition mutation at nucleotide pair 8344 in human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been identified as the cause of MERRF. The mutation alters the T psi C loop of the tRNA(Lys) gene and creates a CviJI restriction site, providing a simple molecular diagnostic test for the disease. This mutation was present in three independent MERRF pedigrees and absent in 75 controls, altered a conserved nucleotide, and was heteroplasmic. All MERRF patients and their less-affected maternal relatives had between 2% and 27% wild-type mtDNAs and showed an age-related association between genotype and phenotype. This suggests that a small percentage of normal mtDNAs has a large protective effect on phenotype. This mutation provides molecular confirmation that some forms of epilepsy are the result of deficiencies in mitochondrial energy production.
http://www.mitochondrial.net/showabstract.php?pmid=2112427  (+ info)

In the summer i was diagnosed with juvenlie myoclonic epilepsy could a seizure happen at night?

this past summer i was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. could a seizure happen at night or in the afternoon? most of the seizurs i had were in the morning. i am on medication. i haven't had a seizure since the summer.

Yes they can happen any time. I'll send U some sites too. It is generally outgrown.

This syndrome typically arises after three years of age and is considered benign because children usually outgrow it by adolescence. In most children with benign rolandic epilepsy (BRE), seizures are infrequent and in some cases do not require medication. Characteristic manifestations of the syndrome begin with a sensation at the corner of the mouth and drooling, followed by jerking of the mouth that can progress to the rest of that side of the face, and sometimes to that entire side of the body. Although children remain conscious during this type of seizure, they are usually unable to speak for a period of time during and after the seizure. Seizures occur more commonly at night, especially during particular stages of sleep.

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME)
This syndrome typically begins in late childhood or early adolescence. It is characterized by mild myoclonic jerks as the individual is going to sleep or waking. Children describe intense feelings of jumpiness that generally subside after about 30 minutes. In addition to the myoclonic seizures, children with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) may also have periodic tonic-clonic seizures


This is a world of information 4 U. I hope this helps U.  (+ info)

Could I have Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

I have twitches 5-15 times daily. I can feel the twitch building for about 1-3 seconds before it actually happens. I get them mostly on my upper body and I don't know why. I am 13 years old. I have been having these just before summer. Our family doesnt have enough money to take me to the doctor and we dont have medical insurance, so please dont tell me to go to the doctor.

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Why do I have nightmares and myoclonic twitches together?

I always twitch like a a crackhead when I have nightmare. Why is that?
You're all wrong. It's because there's a giant boot chasing me through a field of broccoli.

Because of fear. If you had no feelings attached to the nightmare, then you would not twitch.  (+ info)

I am suffering in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy for 17 years.?

Now i in keppra ( levetiracetum-500), and take daily 1500 for last two months. But i fell very weak, depressed, angry, cant keep my concentration.After starting the medicine, two times i become fent after convultion. Is there anyone who can help me?

Unfortunately finding the right medication and dosage for control of your epilepsy is done by trial and error. You need to tell your doctor what your experiencing and he may up or down your dosage or may find an alternative.
I just got taken off Depakote (500mg 2 a day) and now almost 5 months seizure free. Heres hoping that continues.
I went thru alot of meds before they came to Depakote! Phenobarbitol, (SP) Lorazapam, Felbatol and mixtures of them.  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me what a myoclonic seizure is?

I have googled it and looked on webmd and found nothing. Any information would be appreciated. My 2 year old nephew is having these and the Drs are not being much help to his mother. Thank in advance.

There is no loss of consciousness during this type of seizure. It is often associated with single or repetitive jerking motions of the muscles (myoclonus). Myoclonic seizures are primarily observed in young children and infants. They are more rare in adults.

Google "myoclonic seizure in children'.

I hope this helps.


'People with Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy have myoclonic seizures (quick little jerks of the arms, shoulder, or occasionally the legs), usually in the early morning, soon after awakening. The myoclonic jerks sometimes are followed by a tonic-clonic seizure. Absence seizures also may occur.

Some people with JME experience seizures that are triggered by flickering light, such as strobe lights at dances, TV, video games, or light shining through trees or reflecting off ocean waves or snow. These are called photosensitive seizures. Occasionally, myoclonic seizures are also provoked by factors such as decision-making or calculations.'  (+ info)

could i die from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

could i die from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

No. It won't kill you.

For a little reassurance and some more information, see the following Web site: http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/epilepsy_juvenilemyoclonic.htm.l  (+ info)

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