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laughing makes my legs bounce then they give out????

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  • Posted By: conroe,texas
  • June 18, 2010
  • 00:57 AM

when i laugh my legs begin to bounce up and down and then i fall on the ground because they give out, it isnt painful and i cant control my laughing when this happends...for the first time here recently on june 19th it all started the same laughing, i fell over and leaned back up after that, my arms and hands crapmed up i couldnt speak right then my entire body went limp. when my body went limp my face him the ground and cracked my jaw. plz plz plz help me. i have yet to find a Dr. that knows whats wrong with me.

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  • Crazy! I get something very similar. It doesn't happen everytime I laugh but quite often. It feels like my body from the waist down...mostly legs I guess...just go limp like I am going to fall. I have to actually hang on to something for fear of falling. People have actually watched them buckle on me but I have so far been able to hold myself up. Then people continue to make me laugh cause they think it's funny. I am sort of worried. If you find anything out let me know. I asked a neurologist I was seeing once and they said it is not common but they have heard of it. I also have narcalepsy.......that might have something to do with? Do you also get severe back head pain while laughing? I do in lowest part of back of head.....unbearable pain.......weird......
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  • It's been a while since you posted, but have you looked into cataplexy? If not, then you should definitely check it out. It's temporary partial, or full-body, paralysis triggered by emotions. Laughter is the most common trigger. It's usually associated with narcolepsy. Basically, laughter triggers the REM part of the brain to turn on, and REM tells your muscles to lose all voluntary tone. You do not lose consciousness; you just can't speak or move. After it passes, you recover the ability to speak and move 100%.
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  • I experience the same. It happens either when I laugh or express a very deep truth. Whatever it is, it is definitely emotional. It seems to have increased in the past few years. Initially, while it was surprising, I was able to be relatively prepared for the "collapse", a "Woody" moment as my family has come to call them, as in Woody the toy doll. However, in the last year or so the episodes have become increasingly more unpredictable and have interrupted my work day on several occasions. Any direction, guidance, would be greatly appreciated!!! Crazy! I get something very similar. It doesn't happen everytime I laugh but quite often. It feels like my body from the waist down...mostly legs I guess...just go limp like I am going to fall. I have to actually hang on to something for fear of falling. People have actually watched them buckle on me but I have so far been able to hold myself up. Then people continue to make me laugh cause they think it's funny. I am sort of worried. If you find anything out let me know. I asked a neurologist I was seeing once and they said it is not common but they have heard of it. I also have narcalepsy.......that might have something to do with? Do you also get severe back head pain while laughing? I do in lowest part of back of head.....unbearable pain.......weird......
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