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Learn About Myoclonus and Opiates

Opioids have been used as a treatment for pain and recreational use for a long time. What you may not hear about is the chronic twitching and muscle contractions in the legs and other body parts that happen following opioid use. Myoclonus and opioid drugs can each trigger one another. Learn more about myoclonus and how it affects the body.

Effects of Myoclonus

Myoclonus is defined as the twitching of a single muscle or group of muscles. It is caused by a fast contraction or relaxation of the muscles which is involuntary and brief. Such involuntary movements are normal. They are often referred to as myoclonic jerks and may include:

  • Hiccups – jerking in the diaphragm
  • Stimulus-sensitive movement – includes a twitch or spasm caused by external factors like unexpected noises or sudden change of light
  • Hypnic jerk – usually happens during first phases of sleep as an involuntary body spasm

Frequent and intense myoclonic jerks may be a sign of neurological or nervous system disorders including Parkinson’s, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, or others. It can impact a person’s ability to eat, walk, talk, or even sleep. Treatments can be done to help provide consistency in sleeping and eating while providing a reduction of systems. Typically, Clonazepam, and other medicines, can be helpful for this condition.

Relation to Opioids

Opioids in the form of morphine or heroin can cause dependence and addiction. People who experience chronic pain due to widespread and persistent episodes of myoclonic jerks are susceptible to develop this condition. Giving attention to this problem is important when considering overdose risk. Opioids can have negative reactions with medications for an existing condition of myoclonic jerks and it may be necessary to seek treatment for opioid addiction in addition to the myoclonus.

Moving Ahead

There may be many questions about how to overcome addiction and get past some of the challenges, including myoclonus. The best thing you can do is admit a problem exists and seek treatment. If you are not sure where to turn, there are programs which provide quality treatment and support systems designed to help you find your way back to sobriety and recovery.

The Serenity Recovery Center can help you make decisions about where to take your next steps. We provide a safe space to heal and move past addiction. If you are tired of missing out on life and want to work towards wholeness and sobriety, call us now. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions: 844-339-6964.