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Old 09-23-2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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panic attack nocturnal vs seizure?????

For as long as I can remember I've had something that happens to me after being asleep only for maybe minutes. I fall asleep fine and then find myself on the floor. I'm always holding my stomach but don't know why. I grab all the blankets & take them with me and my husband cannot hold me down, I fight him and fly out of bed. I make weird body contorsions and just violent all over my body. I sit on the floor awhile and gain my composure and get back in bed and want so badly to sleep because I am so tired . But as soon as I fall asleep this starts all over again. This will go on all night long believe or not. Every 5 minutes or so until I give up and cry. A few times I was aware of it wanting to start and woke up and tried very, very hard to stop myself from doing this but no success. It's like an electric shock through my body and mind that I cannot control. It feels like it starts from my stomach and that's why I find myself holding it but there is no pain. I know, this doesn't make sense to me either. Within the last few weeks it has gotten to be everynight and all night. My new GP gave me a card for a neuro for epilepsy and sleep disorders which I have an appointment with next month. The only strange thing I ever experienced besides this was when I was a younger & driving in car with my parents and there was that strobe effect from the sun and trees I would space out. I would not know who I was, why I was there ect. I never told my parents I had this because it just lasted a few seconds. I am 50 now, in perimeno and it's been too long having this strange thing without a diagnosis. Does this sound familiar to anyone please.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:43 AM   #2
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Re: panic attack nocturnal vs seizure?????

It sounds like a seizure. There are types of seizures that cause an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach and increased heart rate, and things like that, so you feel like you're having a panic attack. I've had these seizures a few times where it feels like my stomach muscles are tightening and my heart beats really fast. I mention this because you were wondering whether it is a panic attack, and you mentioned the feeling in your stomach.
Are you awake during these episodes?
The major thing that makes it sound like a seizure is that you get very tired and sleepy afterwards.
Good luck. It sounds like a very upsetting thing to experience every night.

 
Old 09-24-2008, 12:37 PM   #3
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Re: panic attack nocturnal vs seizure?????

Thank you so much for replying. I can't believe you said about the stomach tighening. I have gotten this in the daytime and went to a therapist about anxiety but he said it doesn't fit the classic panic attack. I feel it just coming on in my stomach and my muscles all tighten there and I notice a rapid heartbeat. It's a weird feeling and I just want to sit very still and stare. I get very spacy. But in the nighttime, very shortly after falling asleep my husband says my body contourts and I fly out of bed. Sometimes I'm in such a light sleep and realize I'm going to have one of these "fits" and I try with all my body and mind to stop it but I can't. My husband even gave me a little xanax one night & it did nothing. I'm just wondering though if anyone would even have seizures all night long, every 10 minutes or so. I go through this pattern for a few weeks and then I'm okay again for a while. I know it's not night terrors because I don't even get a chance to dream. I'm just worried that at the sleep study if the neuro does one it won't happen.
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Re: panic attack nocturnal vs seizure?????

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I'm just wondering though if anyone would even have seizures all night long, every 10 minutes or so. I go through this pattern for a few weeks and then I'm okay again for a while.
I was the same exact way for years before I had my first gran mal seizure. It wasn't so bad at first, though. I was just having some small motor seizures on my right side once in a while, and they would come in cycles of a few weeks to a few months. But then when I was 19, they got so much worse. They got more intense, and I was getting them very frequently. The night of my Gran Mal, I couldn't sleep hardly at all because I kept waking up every half hour or so (or less) from the whole right side of my body tensing up really hard. My shoulder was actually getting sore from all the muscle contractions. But then one of those seizures generalized and went into a Gran Mal seizure. I've been taking meds ever since, which has helped a lot.
Let us know how everything goes after seeing a Neurologist.
Good luck!

 
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Re: panic attack nocturnal vs seizure?????

hi im responding because mines a little different then yours what happens to me is if i nap during the day time i have very vivid and scarry dreams and i think people say things to me and when i finally wake up which takes me forever it seems like i have to fight myself to wake up and i ask my husband and kids if i said anything to them they said no mines very scarry too and for the life of me i cant wake myself up and have to fight it for 3 yrs the drs kept saying mine was panic till i found a neuro dr who said its seizures im going to a specialist and i hope he does a sleep test on me if so how long does a sleep test last and do you have to be in hospital and i too get the stare feeling too .
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