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What causes paralysis state in body when the mind is awake in sleep?

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Posted on Thu, 17 Jul 2014
Question: Dear Dr. I will try to explain this health issue as best as I can. When I'am sleeping at night time my brain wakes up to a conscious state, my body is in a paralysis state and I can't move!! my mind is awake but my body isn't. I have to literally fight to move something on my person, like an arm or leg. Once I can do that then my body and mind can move around normally. however, this really frightens me a lot and think that there is something very wrong with my brain!!. To be sure, I never been tested for sleep apnea, could it be related to that or something else? Looking forward to hearing from you, thank you Doctor.
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Answered by Dr. Eris Ranxha (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not sleep apnea

Detailed Answer:
Dear
I am sorry for the symptoms you are suffering.
I read your symptoms carefully and those aren't related with sleep apnea because sleep apnea is a situation when the patient is unconsious and dosn't understand what is happening to him.
I would strongly reccomended that you schedule a brain EEG and send it result to me.
Anyway if it is normal you should absolutely contact your psychiatrist and start reducing slowly lexapro because you are suffering the side effect of it, pseudo parcinsonism syndrome
Hope my answer will help you
Best regards
Dr Eris Ranxha
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Eris Ranxha (4 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Eris Ranxha for responding back to me. I have had this condition on and off before I started Lexapro. Perhaps I should have included this with my original question. Furthermore, it seems to start from the back of my neck, and it takes a little time to collect my bearings too. Dr. what is a EEG? and is parkinsonism syndrome life threating? thank you and looking forward to your query.
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Answered by Dr. Eris Ranxha (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Schedule examination's

Detailed Answer:
Dear
pseudo parcinsonism syndrome isn't life threating so you don't have to worry too much.
EEG is electroencephalogram which will exlude any epileptic seizure
As your symptoms start from the neck it will be wise to schedule an cervical MRI.
Anyway as it is reversible I don't think you need to worry too much.
Schedule an neurological exam with your neurologist because clinical exam gives a lot of information to confirm or exlude parcinsonism
Hope my answer helps you
Regards
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Brief Answer: Not sleep apnea Detailed Answer: Dear I am sorry for the symptoms you are suffering. I read your symptoms carefully and those aren't related with sleep apnea because sleep apnea is a situation when the patient is unconsious and dosn't understand what is happening to him. I would strongly reccomended that you schedule a brain EEG and send it result to me. Anyway if it is normal you should absolutely contact your psychiatrist and start reducing slowly lexapro because you are suffering the side effect of it, pseudo parcinsonism syndrome Hope my answer will help you Best regards Dr Eris Ranxha Neurologist