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Catalepsy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007
  • 02:07 AM

It was recently brought to my attention about a medical condition known as catalepsy. In definition, catalepsy is a condition characterized most often by rigidity of the extremities and by decreased sensitivity to pain.(Wikipedia) Interested, I researched more into catalepsy and found many things that were shockingly resembling myself.

It is to my understanding that "cataleptic shock" happens when a person is emotionally heighted, and emotions includes excitement, happiness, anger etc. Now, I've always thought that my conditions were normal. Here is my story.

Ever since I was young, whenever, I feel very happy, laughing away and stuff, my hands sometimes get numb. And this numbness isn't the kind of static numbness that one feels when blood flow to a muscle is blocked, no the numbness I feel is a kind of melting numbness. I begin to lose control of my muscles and I can't do anything with my hand. I realized the same for when I feel excited as well and when I am stressed. My fingers and occationnally my whole arms and legs, never my body though. At least not yet. I can't write during this period of numbness. Can't hold a pen , can't hold anything. There was once when I was holding a cup of coffee and laughing away at my friend's joke and I lost control of my hand and *SPLASH* there goes my favorate shirt.

Another suspicious example is when I do my homework(I am still young). I get overwhelmed when I have so much work to do and it's late at night and I can't see myself finishing my work in the morning. I get so "scared" I can't write, then I can't move my arms, then I drool, then my legs do the same thing. I thought this was a normal thing for everyone to have but I realized from my "small" survey that it IS NOT!...

Sometimes, when I wake up, My hands get the same thing too. Heighted emotions while dreaming? I don't know. But I do know at all times of this "seizure" I am fully AWAKE and consious. I don't know how this is related but I was once in septicemic shock once (no I didn't die). It was due to the "dirty" needle used for my vaccination in a public hospital. But that was a couple years ago. I have "numb hand syndrome" since I was a kid.

Now, I don't know what causes this, it doesn't run in my family but what I do know however is, that I have very "funny" sleeping patterns as I am constantly under stress of working. *I need to be an A student*. Sometimes I sleep a lot, sometimes I don't sleep at all. Sometimes..well most of the times my sleeping times are inconsistent from day to day. I once stayed up for up to five days just studying without sleeping.(it was crazy)

Narcolepsy is usually associated with catalepsy but I just want to re-confirm that I don't have narcolepsy. I might have catalepsy or I might just be over-exxagerating and freaking out. I don't know anything for sure. So I am hoping some people could help me out and give me some experiences to compare with and stuff.

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  • wow shocking..its like you are describing me!but believe me you are more lucky than i do..I've beeb recently diagnosed with at least three medical conditions including bipolar,catalepsy,multiple personality and post traumatic srtess disorder!imagine how frustrating it is for me and how many medications i take.beleive me am the definition of a zombie.however i noticed that if i dont take caffeine and eat fruit and veggies it slightly imroves!hope you will feel better soon.....crazy76
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2007
    • 11:17 PM
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  • Narcolepsy is usually associated with catalepsy but I just want to re-confirm that I don't have narcolepsy. I might have catalepsy or I might just be over-exxagerating and freaking out. I don't know anything for sure. So I am hoping some people could help me out and give me some experiences to compare with and stuff. I have the narcolepsy with cataplexy (not to be confused with catalepsy). Narcoleptics do not get the latter stages of sleep that is considered the complete rest of the body, when the muscles are paralyzed. So, sometimes this stage breaks in during waking hours- mimicking the "restful sleep stage" causing complete muscle paralysis. If I am standing- I fall where I am, I cannot call out or make sounds; I know what is going on, but can't communicate. These episodes started years ago with just slight tremors of my chin and neck- mostly when I found something funny. Now they seem to be brought on by laughter, anger or feelings of relief. Very hazardous and life threatening. I have had two episodes while driving, but was able to get off the road before becoming completely paralyzed.
    glynda 3 Replies
    • February 25, 2008
    • 05:19 AM
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