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Suggestion on Sleep disorder as a symptom

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 25, 2007
  • 05:13 AM

I suggest and I’m begging you to create a site where the symptoms can be enumerated and possible diagnoses can be given. That would be a great help to both the patient and the doctor and your site will surely increase in popularity. I'm suffering from sleep deprivation eversince my accident last 6Sep03 which left me deaf and disabled (because I'm not able to balance probably because I’m deaf). I think a brain trauma resulted in having to suffer what the neurologist in the Philippines termed as myoclonus where I couldn't control my right hand. Although I could control my left hand, I couldn't control the tips of my fingers that's why I eat like a pig. I've undergone Occupational Therapy in 2 hospitals in the Philippines but I feel it's not helping me for the Therapist just tells me to relax. I asked myself, is this how you conduct Occupational Therapy to your patients where you just tell them to relax to achieve control? I feel using Psychology to cure something Physiological is inappropriate. What is happening to me is purely Physiological. That's why my Father and I researched the internet often. There's one drug that my dad researched and the doctor heeded, it's called Piracetam (generic name Nootropil). It helped a great deal to reduce the shaking, but after a while, its effects weren't as dramatic. I think my body has developed immunity which I also read holds true. I’ve taken a drug my dad researched for Myoclonus called Sodium Valproate whose side-effect is that it makes you feel drowsy, I thought this was what I needed for I'm not getting enough sleep. There are times when I couldn't sleep at all. I’ve read in the internet that lack of sleep is not age-related (which is a common misconception) but a symptom, so that what is happening to me is most likely related to my accident. I’ve taken Clonazepam (which I read was the first drug of choice for Myoclonus) for quite a while but it doesn't seem to work.
Before when I would attempt to button my blouse my nail bled and my right fingers would hurt. But I think thru constant practice and the right medication this doesn't occur anymore.
I was prescribed an anti-depressant to deal with my sleep disorder but it didn’t work. My current neurologist doubled the dosage combined with an anti-epileptic/anti-myoclonus drug and after 2 days I took a medication for Parkinson’s she also prescribed and this caused me to fall asleep earlier (really fall asleep) although I still wake up early, I still could not control my hands, and this effect lasted only 2 days.
People think my problem is not a big deal, but it’s really bothersome for me, because even if my eyes are really sore, I still couldn’t fall asleep.

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