Myoclonic means ‘muscle jerk’. Muscle jerks are not always due to epilepsy (for example, some people have them as they fall asleep). Myoclonic seizures are brief but can happen in clusters (many happening close together in time) and often happen shortly after waking.
In myoclonic seizures the person is conscious, but they are classified as generalised seizures. This is because the person is likely to have other seizures (such as tonic clonic seizures) as well as myoclonic seizures.
Our video shows what a myoclonic seizure might be like. A young student is getting ready to have some breakfast in the morning before she goes to college, she has a myoclonic seizure as she is about to eat her cereal.
What does a myoclonic seizure look like?
Watch this video to find out what it feels like to go through a myoclonic seizure.
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