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Hpynic Jerks

Hi All,

Do any of you suffer with hypnic jerks? The jerks you get before falling asleep?

I seem to get them in the day time.. They started when my anxiety started so not sure if its related....

It literally feels like my head has one for like a split second.. its horrible then fills me with panic :(

I do feel like im jumping onto other things now, I am not sure whether my mri would have picked this up you see... I am worried its something like epilepsy :( x

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Hi fedup

You are really going through it , I was so hoping once you had those results it would give you peace of mind , as I am sure the tests you have had done are so accurate , that its impossible to do any more

I have those sensations have for years as well as my legs jerking when I am dropping to sleep sometimes , which makes me think , hang on whats happening here then :-/

But it passes ,so the answer is not a lot !

This is your anxiety & you are so tuned into every feeling & with every feeling you feel your body is going into instant panic

I no its not nice & I do understand how fearful it is , I do wish you could be reassured that you are fine , you have had great care , scans done , you name it & they have given you the all clear . they would have picked up if there had been anything

I woke up with a banging headache this morning , actually woke up with one :o

Straight away my head started thinking , hang on here , this isnt right , I shouldnt be waking up with a headache , Oh goodness this is a BT it has to be !

Unlike you I am not brave enough to have scans & I do admire you that you have been

But I have to say wait , how long have I been suffering now , & relistactly do people suffer this long if something is really wrong & I am not a doctor but I no the answer is no & I have to keep telling myself that till the fear passes , its not easy but you can do it

Hopefully when you have more counselling this is going to help , you have fixed on a fear as we all do & you are feeding that fear which creates a cycle that can be hard to break

You are alright , try & tell the sensations to do one , you are not listening , I no not easy

Sorry this might not be of any use to you but we are reading , we no how you feel & we no this will get better

Let us no how your counselling goes , fingers crossed it gives you a lift again, its early days but it will help :-)





I often get these as Iam falling asleep but so does my other half and he often jerks a bit when sleeping but he is healthy :-) stay positive Hun I will send that article xx


I get them when I'm falling asleep always have but these happen in the day :( I do wonder if I'm just exhausted?? X



This happened last time, when I got a clear MRI I felt fine for a day then moved onto heart issues :(

Do you have them when your awake?? That's the weird thing you see I am getting them like in the afternoon when I am sat at my desk...

I know what you mean about thinking the worse.. I had that this morning, I felt sick when I woke up and thought o god I've got a bug or o god maybe they missed something.. rather than being 'normal' and saying im hungry or its 7am!

I suppose I just wanted a bit of reassurance to see if anyone else had had them...


Sorry this is a bit late , I am missing the news feed , got so used to looking at that rather than my emails , yet I didnt like it to start with :-D

Yes I get it in the day as well , I get so many sensations , I get one that feels like a bee buzzing in my head sometimes as well

I have had so many over the years & dont get me wrong like the headaches at the moment they do up nerve me , but I work hard to accept it has to be anxiety

You come & ask for reassurance there is nothing wrong with that & if it helps to get you through which I hope it does , thats even better :-)

Hope you are feeling relaxed now :-)





Feeling better thank you :) hope your having a nice evening xx


Hi Anxious me...

Thank you :)

I am at work which is better than 8 months ago! However I am not feeling great... just had something to eat though so hopefully will start to feel a bit better...

I use to be like that, I remember just before Christmas trying to make Mince Pies and just getting what felt like exhaustion and giving up.. was horrible. I have to look back though and think well nothing happened and I am still here.. Ive just started reading a Mindfulness book which I am hoping will help as I do have a target to be better for my wedding in April :) x


I find it hard to concentrate when reading it but am forcing myself to...

I was just explaining to Loopy that I have the all clear for pretty much my whole body I need to realise that it is anxiety now and cure that!

I've been offered Citalopram but never taken it... I get scared taking any medication.. My minds that strong that my mouth starts burning when I take it...

I am so much better than I use to be but am going down a slippery slope at the moment.. It got to the point about 8 moths ago where I couldn't be left alone, I didn't want to shower as I was scared something would happen and make my other half sit there in the bathroom with me!

I am now able to shower by myself with no one in the house which is a huge improvement for me! I forget that I've come quite far but still feel really bogged down when I don't feel very well...

As I said I am pretty sure its anxiety as when I am truly distracted - for example went surfing in June didn't have a symptom once whilst I was actually in the sea... only when I sat on the sofa when I got back... same as when I am driving no symptoms when I am concentrating and moving but as soon as I stop and my mind stops paying attention to driving boom my symptoms hit...

My mum has always said if I actually wasn't very well it wouldn't happen like that, they would be there constant or happen when I am distracted and having fun...

I have started to keep a diary and its always when I have a bit of downtime at work my symptoms come on strongest or when I get home and I relax...

Sorry for the huge ramble! x


Well I had balance testing and they do this thing called caloric testing.. god almighty it was the most awful thing I've ever experienced! I started screaming, kicking, shouting I am going to die!!! It induces vertigo you see and my dizziness has never been that bad and I survived that so yes it can get worse but I didn't die lol!

Smiley faces just a : and a ) next to each other :)



same here for a good few years i was getting the jerks to which was just put down to epilepsy but now i get jerks on a daily basis and they are frightening because they send my anxiety and panic attacks off and i start getting even more jumpy and sweaty and cant control the jerking of my body,but after tests etc they cant find nothing all the gp wants me to do is next time get someone to film whats going on recently i have been rushed into hpsital 4times in a couple of months but after hours of waiting in A+E i have calmed down and evrything comes back ok but thy have found out my heart rate is very high 200/300bmp to which is 70% of me having a stroke and or pacemaker and i am only 44 male


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