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Possible sleep disorder?

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  • Posted By: libretto
  • February 1, 2011
  • 00:01 AM

I have been having strange episodes before sleep for a couple of months now. Basically it happens when I try to get to sleep. I'll be fully awake lying in bed and suddenly my heart will start beating incredibly fast, my entire body feels like it's trembling (I don't know if it actually is or not) and my skin feels cold and numb. If I try to open my eyes it is very difficult and looks like I'm underwater. I can hear an extremely loud rushing/buzzing noise which feels like it's right inside my head. I'm conscious, but can't move or make any noise. This all happens at once and lasts a couple of minutes, after which I am fully awake with no lasting symptoms other than confusion. It happens 3-4 times a week.
My doctor could not explain and concluded it was probably nothing. I am still worried though so came here to seek help. Do you think it is just an average sleep disorder or does it sound like something more specific you recognise? Am I just being dramatic?!
I am female, 21 years old. Not on any medication. Medical history: briefly suffered with temporal lobe epilepsy 3 years ago due to an infected bone in my ear, this was resolved after an operation but I still have regular ear troubles.
I'm very sorry for the long, rambling post but it's so hard to explain. Any advice or comforting words would be appreciated!

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