Hello Gus and Beth,
Thanks you for your write-back. I appreciate it.
Please see below my answers to your questions:
- Yes, he dialyzes in the center.
- His calcium has been found low for months from his lab work and thats why his neph suspected that the low calcium could be the main cause.
Below is more about this symptom:
After some research by myself yesterday, I found that those were not shakes as seen in some dialysis patients at the center. Rather, they are more like Myoclonic jerks or Myoclonus. They are involuntary twitching of a muscle or a group of muscles.
(quote) "Called [action myoclonus], this type is characterized by muscular jerking triggered or intensified by voluntary movement or even the intention to move. It may be made worse by attempts at precise, coordinated movements."
Beth -- you're right when mentioning about neurologic problem. The jerks described above was exactly what happened to my Dad for 2 days (when I mentioned "recent"). So, as scheduled, I took him to the Dr. at 3pm yesterday, and guess what, those jerks did not repeat even once in front of our doc. You can guess how intriguing things turned, and the doc had his eyes wide open with full of Huh?. Before the visit though, they jerked him up to 2:30 pm at home, once every 2-3 minutes !!!
Anyhow, I thank God that those myoclonic jerks were just temporarily. Dont know if that also had to do with too much caffeine -- he drinks strong coffee and twice or 3 times per day. On the day he went to the doc, he quit coffee and he quit coffee the evening before too. Maybe that helped a lot.
And Beth, you are right again when you mentioned the change in medication! Thats what we suspected too -- because one of his cardiac meds has lab change -- this could be the culprit that brought about his weird reaction or myoclonus-like side-effect.
Again, I'm so glad he is now back to normal though still a bit weak like most dialysis patient. But big thing is no more hand-jerks, shoulder or face-jerks.
Thanks again Gus and Beth for your post.