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Insomnia, shaking, head pains. Can anyone help?

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  • Posted By: fishbowl
  • January 10, 2009
  • 01:24 AM

A friend of mine (male, sixteen) has a history of insomnia. It stopped for a while, but is now starting up again within the past couple months. Recently, he was at a social function and complained of his head hurting. His face turned a deep red and grew very warm, saying his head felt as if it were on fire (however, he was not hallucinating that it was), and began shaking uncontrollably. He lost consciousness for a few moments, but gained it back, not remembering have done so. Since then, there have been similar episodes where his head is hurting, his face turns red, and he shakes uncontrollably (he is sometimes unaware of this shaking). He fell asleep standing up, leaning against his girlfriend, but didn't realize he had. He complains that he's extremely tired most of the time. We're very concerned about his condition and would like to know what's going on. Does anybody recognize the symptoms and are aware of what the cause is? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • ive not a clue with this but the face symptom is generally called "flushing". Maybe that will help your searches The falling asleep while standing makes me think of "Narcolepsy" this causes insomina and excessive daytime sleepiness.. but i cant think of any conditions in which a facial flush occurs too with it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy Maybe he should see someone who specialises in Narcolepsy.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 03:11 AM
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  • umm half my last post didnt post for some reason.. i also said to check out Narcolepsy as your friend has many symptoms and that could be PART of the problem with the facial flushing another part. Ones with Narcolepsy fall asleep in weird places, get insomina and have excessive daytime sleepiness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy Narcolepsy commonly starts in teens. Someone who specialises in Narcolespy could hold the answer for your friend.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 03:59 AM
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