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Please Someone Tell Me Whats Wrong!

Posted In: Sleep disorders 5 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 9, 2007
  • 00:58 PM

since i was about 16 years old (i'm 22 now), sometimes when i'm falling asleep my whole body goes stiff, and i cant move a muscle even though i'm aware its happeneing, and i can hear fuzzy sounds and its like a vibration all over my body especially my head.. I cant open my eyes or talk and i can hear myself shouting what i want to say but nothing comes out. then suddenly, its like i jump out of it. which is weird, cos the only way i can describe it is like having a defribulater on me when i jump out of it cos i get a pain where my heart is, feels like an electric shock, as if its being started again. does anyone know what this is. the doc says it might be sleep paralysis, but is it so extreme as this? cos what i've read about it, it doesnt sound like it. sleep paralysis apparently is the none movement bit, but whats the rest of it??? id be grateful for anything you can help with. thanks so much.


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  • I am not sure, but some of the symptoms do sound like sleep paralysis. I have get the problem where during the time I am sleeping at night, sometimes when morning hits I am awake and can feel my surroundings, but cannot move.
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  • It is narcolepsy.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 02:16 AM
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  • Wow.. I posted on here yesterday (if you want to see it, it's titled "is this sleep apnea?", actually I'll post it below!). I was so suprised when I read your post just now because it sounds like we have similar things going on. Well, read.. >> It will always happen when I am falling asleep at night. I will be just about to fall asleep, and then it's almost like I become conscious in my mind that I'm not able to breathe, and for a second or so I struggle to tell myself to breathe. On a night when this happens, it will happen repeatedly (maybe 5-10 times) before I am finally able to fall asleep. (I never realized it before, but during that second or two, I can't move the rest of my body either). This all first started happening about 5 years ago. For the 4 years or so it only happened once in a while (maybe once a year). Now, it's happening about once a week or so. This is the wierd part. When it started 5 years ago, it was a little different than it is now. In that moment where I would start to not be able to breathe so well, I would get this buzzing in my head - not JUST the sound of a buzzing, but it felt like I could actually feel this buzzing in my head. Like an electrical wave or something. That's how it happened the first few times. Lately (the last 6 mos or so), this buzzing hasn't happened. I'd love to know if this sounds like sleep apnea. I'd also love to know if anyone else has had this "buzzing" experience. I'm sort of relieved to know that you've experienced this "buzzing" too (I thought I might be crazy, maybe imagining it or something). I haven't considered sleep paralysis - I'm definitely going to check that out now.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2007
    • 11:49 AM
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  • There are many theories on what you are experiencing, depending on whether you are into new age theories or not, but my experiences were like yours and I was told it was narcolepsy with cataplexy. Narcolepsy is where you have to sleep and cataplexy is the paralysis you experience, when you can hear everything going on, but your body betrays you and you cannot partake in anything. It used to scare me because I knew that there was no way I would have been able to escape from my home, if it caught fire. I was told by one doctor it was a migraine! The weird thing is, I don't seem to get it now, and I really don't know what has changed except for the fact that I no longer have depo provera. I was also told that I may have been having TIAs at the time, so who knows. The attacks seemed to stop when I changed to a different form of contraception instead of having an injection that lasted months. I tend to get the side effects of all drugs though, which can be very annoying. I now have complex sleep apnea though, and use a bi-level device for breathing at night time. A good pulmonologist who deals with sleep apnea may well be able to help you. Good luck in your search.
    mumzie 32 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 04:22 AM
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  • Sleep paralysis can occur on its own or be associated with other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy (if you have narcolepsy, you have a lot more problems than just the sleep paralysis). Various sensations and hypnagogic hallucinations can happen along with it--some visual, some auditory--so you don't necessarily have another condition just because you're also experiencing sounds and feeling things. I don't have sleep paralysis as much anymore, but when it occurred frequently I'd often hear a loud popping or a scream or see lightning looking stuff. Sometimes it felt like something was pulling on my legs. It's really scary! My sleep specialist prescribed a lose-dose antidepressant to control my constant vivid dreaming and that also seemed to help reduce the episodes of sleep paralysis.
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