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#1 Colts18

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:06 AM

Hi all, I am new to this forum and came across it browsing some symptoms I've been having. Sorry for the long post, but I believe the details may be important. I am 26 and about two years ago (when I was 24) I began having sleep terrors. It was right at the time I had gotten married and I began seeing/having hallucenations (i.e., human-like figures, me there are animals in the room, etc.) while "asleep." My eyes would be open and I could see my surrounding environment, but the dream state would overlay my reality. I would typically scream and scare my wife to death while saying "someone is in here." My wife would also tell me that I kept clinching the muscles in my neck during my sleep the entire night where my head was visibly moving up and down. I usually would wake up with severe neck pain, presumably from this behavior.  I then had several episodes where I ran out of bed, not fully waking until I hit the floor. I did go to the University's doctor (where insurance is covered), and they diagnosed me with sleep terror disorder. Furthermore, they discounted it as stress since I am in the midst of getting my Ph.D., and that I was a newlywed. Since this point I still have night terrors (even though my stress-level has reduced drastically) and the following other symptoms have emerged or at least have become more noticeable:

 

  • Extreme fatigue (where I dose off or fight to stay awake if I sit down during the day, class, and at night)
  • persistent dry coughing (3 to 4 coughs per minute, been present for more than two years, gets worse when I'm going to sleep)
  • some days I feel as if I can't move my facial muscles to make an expression
  • slurred speech and stuttering (I have my days where I'm fine and others where it seems like I can't form a sentence, I teach so this is an issue)
  • occasionally drool will fall out of my mouth when talking (very rare, a few times a week at most)
  • handwriting goes from big to extremely small (depending on the day) 
  • constantly clinching either my quads, triceps, or neck (when I'm awake)
  • when I stand up after sitting for awhile, my posture is usually leaning forward 

Not sure if this is paranoia after reading symptoms for PD over the past few months or not. I am not generally one to go to the doctor. I have had a close friend mention some of these symptoms when I voiced concern. My wife thinks I'm being paranoid. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:33 AM

To me your situation appears far too complex and nuanced to be reliably diagnosed by our eager band of  amateurs and commiserators speculating from their respective armchairs during commercial breaks in Cathy-Lee & Hoda and Kelly Rippa programming.  I'm afraid you'll need to visit with a skilled professional to get to the bottom of this mystery.  My very best wishes for a positive outcome and early resumption of sound health.         R.   (in good cheer)


Edited by Rogerstar1, 15 November 2013 - 12:08 PM.


#3 sarahjo

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:49 AM

I would say even though some of your symptoms are alike some of ours I think you should see a neurologist to be sure, once you read symptoms you notice more, but there is a forum on this sight called asked the dr. He could give you more of a direct what to do next. Best of luck, I pray you don't have, this..... but if you find out you do we have a lot of ppl who will welcome you with open arms. great support group on this sight. God Bless



#4 Jlc

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:12 PM

Roger is right. This calls for the expertise of a movement disorder specialist.

The only thing I would add is don't let anyone convince you that this is in your head until you have seen a specialist.

Best of luck. I am in a similar situation myself. I'm currently up sh*** creek without a boat and too tired to tread water lol.

#5 metfan31

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 05:34 PM

Sorry Colts18,
Really the best advise is to see a doctor. Yes there are some common symptoms but not enough to make a determination as to what it is. I can say I was Dxd with YOPD this year and I am 33, maybe one or twos things you mentioned I had, but that means nothing, PD effects us all differently.
Good luck (not as in Andrew ;-) ) I like Peyton myself

Richard

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:20 PM

Hi Colts18,

 

Agreed...your case is to complex for our expertise here in this YO forum.  I ditto the others here...seek professional help to get a diagnosis.  PD is very different from individual to individual (although there are common threads).  Be careful of the internet or you will diagnose yourself with all kinds of things.  Sometimes knowledge is too much power or power to the negative! 

 

Hey Metfan...didn't know you were diagnosed at 33...same for me...although that was 12 years ago!  Keep going...you're gonna do well...

 

Peace and hope,

Mihai (Michael)






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