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What could be the cause for sudden vibration of the body during sleep?

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Hey, My wife for the last 4 months has started to vibrate really hard in her sleep and it has completely destroyed any hope of our getting a good nights sleep. we went to our doc and they tried to put her on PROZAC! The vibrating seems to be coming from her vaginal region - what could be the cause and cure
Posted Sun, 15 Dec 2013 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Hello, I will try and help you! Detailed Answer: So, this is not the typical question, but I will try and help you sort this out. But first, I have a few questions for you / your wife: 1. Do you notice the "vibrating" or is it that she notices the vibrating and then wakes you up? 2. Is she having any abnormal vaginal discharge, itching, or odor 3. Is her blood pressure currently under good control? 4. Is there ANYTHING that changed / occurred 4 months ago - even if it seems unrelated? Please let me know these answer. I might have more followup questions for your wife, but lets start with these questions first.
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Follow-up: What could be the cause for sudden vibration of the body during sleep? 21 hours later
Yes sir, she has noticed the vibrating but she just thought it was her heart(pulse) running away. My wife doesn't notice the increased vibration in her hips like I do when we lay down to go to sleep - she still feels it all over. She knows it's vibrating but I feel the whole bed vibrate and its so strong - I literally wake up from a deep sleep. Also - as she goes deeper into her sleep, she really seems to get a stronger and stronger vibration. I've even accused her of having a "toy" in bed - she adamantly says hell no she doesn't and says something is medically wrong. We've tried the drug for "RLS" (Requip) for 2 months with no change - she's been on blood pressure medication for 2 months now and we haven't noticed any change. Her blood pressure seems to be under control now so at least that's one thing that's come out of this. No sir, there's been nothing really significant happen in the last 6 months, we have a 15 year old and a 10 year old that keep us running all over the place with football etc.... But that's a normal routine for us we are truly involved with our boys. Last week - I sent XXXXXXX (my wife)to a chiropractor because she has had a curvature in her back since her childhood. At 43 years old - we thought that maybe her calcium level was low and her back muscles were deteriorating so - she may be pinching a nerve. She is currently in a spinal decompression 6 week program to hopefully correct that and maybe fix this buzzing. We are grasping at straws here trying to diagnose this and getting pretty desperate! We've been married for 20 years now - we are each others best friend - and never really argued but I'll tell you- this lack of sleep really has us on edge. Thanks for any help you can give and look forward to hearing from you. Cole (inquiring husband)
Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 7 hours later
Brief Answer: Thank you for the information... Detailed Answer: Cole, This is a very interesting question. I think that something is actually going on and it would be easy to attribute it to some form of RLS, but she has not responded to treatment. Based on my limited research of the problem, she has a "periodice limb movement disorder" = PLMD. This is more than just RLS. If you simply google "PLMD" you will find information on this condition. Anti-depressants can actually make it worse. It can also be associated with spinal disease. I also found evidence that it is associated with iron-deficiency anemia. Finally, it is most pronounced during the deepest phase of sleep, called REM sleep. Here is what I would recommend: 1. She needs to see a Neurologist. The chiropractor is not going to help. 2. She needs labs that would include: testing of thyroid function, CBC, iron levels, and ferritin levels 3. She possibly needs an MRI of her spine to evaluate for disc related disease. It is commendable that you care enough to get her help. This is probably affecting her sleep (causing day-time drowsiness) but it is also affection you too! If I were to see a patient with this complaint, the above plan is exactly what I would have them do. I hope that this helps!!
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