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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my boyfriend thinks i have a sleeping disorder can i tell u my symptoms
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Yes, please describe your symptoms.
User :   I have sleeping pills i can fall asleep not stay asleep i twitch and shake myself and him awake I wake delusional scare him not think im in my house get tired during the day sleep alot more than normal shakey for no reason lash out when irritated i also have anti depressant meds
Doctor :   Ok
User :   trazodone and citalopram
Doctor :   Since when are you noticing these problems?
User :   over the last year
Doctor :   Can you describe the twitches that you have?
Doctor :   Do you mean jerking of limbs?
User :   I wake myself up with a sudden whole body twitch
User :   Yes i thought it was normal to he said it wasnt
Doctor :   Do you wake up regularly from a sound sleep?
User :   yes always
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   32
Doctor :   Do you have thyroid problems?
User :   not that i know of
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Myclonus described as single jerk can occur during sleep, and that is normal.
Doctor :   But usually a person doesn't wake up from a sound sleep due these jerks.
Doctor :   Other forms of involuntary jerks can occur while sleeping, described as periodic limb movement disorder / restless leg syndrome.
Doctor :   One cannot predict what type of disorder you have, (if its actually a sleep disorder) without the help of sleep studies(polysomnography).
Doctor :   Literature also points out that such symptoms can occur with the medications that you are presently on.
Doctor :   Hence based on your description alone, it's not possible to diagnose if you really have a sleep disorder.
Doctor :   I hence suggest that you report to your treating doctor.
User :   its not my legs its my whole body
Doctor :   Sleep studies(polysomnography) with modification of the present medications may help in diagnosing and planning the further treatment.
Doctor :   As mentioned earlier, a single jerking of the limb is normal and that doesn't mean a sleep disorder.
Doctor :   However recurrent such jerks awakening you from a sound sleep may be a sleep disorder.
Doctor :   hence sleep studies is recommended.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested
Doctor :   * I mean single jerking of the body
Doctor :   is normal, described as myoclonus.
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