Imagine my shock and joy at finally having a real name for my terrifying experiences!!! Unfortunately, this naming didn't come from my physician but from, OF ALL PEOPLE, Sylvia Brown. She is a psychic who makes regular appearances on the Montel Williams talk show.
She happened to tell a woman in the audience that what she was experiencing is called "Catalepsy".
I immediately looked for this condition online and found this website ("WrongDiagnosis.com"). What a wealth of information I've found!
One symptom I have that I didn't see a reference to was my inability to speak or call out for help. If I could make any sounds, my husband could usually shake me and the episode would pass; my body would return to normal and I could go to sleep.
I also noticed that, just prior to sleep, I could tell if I was about to have an episode because I'd get a loud buzzing in my ears.
Like other things I've read, I am awake and aware of my surroundings during the episodes but am totally helpless to move, speak, or call out. Even sounds were nearly impossible to make without extreme concentration.
I'm really hoping there are others out there who are experiencing these episodes so we can share information.