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Brain Stem Damage?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2010
  • 07:01 PM

I usually take showers, but at my mom's I always found myself relaxing in the tub. I told my friends once and they laughed. Unfortunately, I realized why it was so "relaxing." When I leaned back on the opposite side of the spicket, the weight of about half my back and my head was pressing my brain stem to the tub. Picture being in a kind of sloppy and aggressive sleeper hold on your brain stem, but for up to a half an hour at a time!

One time, I came out and my whole upper body was faintly twitching, and when I hold my hand out, it's obviously shaking. Between Christmas and New Years, I got what looks like the start of a hemi-facial spasm. The muscle that lifts my left nostril, raises my left cheek, and squints my left eye twitched when I use them at all. I guess I could say the same for my arms and hands. If I stay perfectly still, they don't move at all. Is this nervous system damage? A result of muscle weakness? It was starting to get a little better over time, but now I fell asleep in the bathtub because I didn't get enough sleep and it's back to square one.

Do you think that I should wait it out a few weeks as I did before and keep an eye on it? I'd certainly go to the doctor if it got worse. Last time it got slowly better over 3 weeks. After three weeks, the spasms in my upper body were completely gone and the facial ones had faded about 50%.

If you don't think that the two things are related, please speak up. I'm pretty sure they are, but just saying.

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  • I usually take showers, but at my mom's I always found myself relaxing in the tub. I told my friends once and they laughed. Unfortunately, I realized why it was so "relaxing." When I leaned back on the opposite side of the spicket, the weight of about half my back and my head was pressing my brain stem to the tub. Picture being in a kind of sloppy and aggressive sleeper hold on your brain stem, but for up to a half an hour at a time! One time, I came out and my whole upper body was faintly twitching, and when I hold my hand out, it's obviously shaking. Between Christmas and New Years, I got what looks like the start of a hemi-facial spasm. The muscle that lifts my left nostril, raises my left cheek, and squints my left eye twitched when I use them at all. I guess I could say the same for my arms and hands. If I stay perfectly still, they don't move at all. Is this nervous system damage? A result of muscle weakness? It was starting to get a little better over time, but now I fell asleep in the bathtub because I didn't get enough sleep and it's back to square one. Do you think that I should wait it out a few weeks as I did before and keep an eye on it? I'd certainly go to the doctor if it got worse. Last time it got slowly better over 3 weeks. After three weeks, the spasms in my upper body were completely gone and the facial ones had faded about 50%. If you don't think that the two things are related, please speak up. I'm pretty sure they are, but just saying. 30 views, no replies? Is it because nobody has any idea? Needless to say, I've stopped doing this, but for a few days, I've been off balance, leaning to my right. It gets much worse when I play Xbox and later in the day. This morning, I was totally balanced. My tremors are back to being hemifacial, my upper body isn't twitching anymore, it's fine.
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    • January 19, 2010
    • 03:13 AM
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