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I am suffering from chronic sleep disorder. Suggest me the remedy

I have a sleep disorder the doctors only diagnsis that I have chronic sleep disorder. I have been dealing with this for ten years. i have been researching this problem for over three years I finally find out what is wrong because if I do not take any medication i will not sleep. I tried to go without medication from time to time thinking if my body get tired enough i will fall to sleep. It did not work it get worse i could feel all my organs shutting down my brain will not shut down unless i take some ambien that is the only medicines that work. i have tried every medicines over the counter they do not work so they said i suffer with depression . I had taken every depression medicine their is. I finally find out what is wrong with me which I have fatal familiiar insomnia the doctors do not believe me so I am reaching out for help to find a doctor who believe me before I die. Please help me!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, Doreen Talbott
Asked On : Thu, 8 Jul 2010
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Hi, Thanks for the question
I do believe in your symptoms or sufferings you are going through. Sleeplessness can occur in both depression and familial fatal insomnia. But, you have additional symptoms that do not match with that of familial fatal insomnia. Moreover, the course and progression of your symptoms also do not match clearly with familial fatal insomnia. Most importantly, hopelessness, worthlessness, nihilism up to delusional level can very well occur in psychotic depression in which patient do not believe in doctor rather than believing in his belief. Sometimes, in treatment resistant depression, one medication after need to be tried, thyroid function test can help, Taking tablet regularly in adequate dose and duration is the key for relief of depression. Genetic testing will help for diagnosing familial fatal insomnia. Below is the presentation about familial fatal insomnia.
The age of onset is variable, ranging from 35 to 60, with an average of 50. However the disease tends to prominently occur in later years, primarily following childbirth. The disease can be detected prior to onset by genetic testing.[5] Death usually occurs between 7 and 36 months from onset. The presentation of the disease varies considerably from person to person, even among patients from within the same family.
The disease has four stages, taking 7 to 18 months to run its course:
The patient suffers increasing insomnia, resulting in panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias. This stage lasts for about four months.
Hallucinations and panic attacks become noticeable, continuing for about five months.
Complete inability to sleep is followed by rapid loss of weight. This lasts for about three months.
Dementia, during which the patient becomes unresponsive or mute over the course of six months. This is the final progression of the disease, after which death follows.
Other symptoms include profuse sweating, pinprick pupils, the sudden entrance into menopause for women and impotence for men, neck stiffness, and elevation of blood pressure and heart rate. Constipation is common as well.

I wish and I am confident that if you persist with regular treatment with psychiatrist, it will definitely help. Thank you in anticipation.

Answered: Thu, 23 Jun 2011
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