I used to laugh heartily, you know, laugh hard, sometimes at length, and your stomach muscle hurts, etc, like everyone I know. In the recent years, every now and then, something would really *strike* me funny, and I'd laugh hard... but then while laughing really hard, I lose all my strength, and I practically collapse! Sounds funny and typical, bu no! I can't for the life of me stand on my own two feet. When I'm laughing and it really gets going, I almost seem to convulse a bit, because I'm losing control, and I need to hold onto something before I fall! I mean, I'm not concerned that it's a disease or anything, but I'm just curious as to why this happens... am I the only one? I was thinking because I'm laughing so hard, my diaphragm is getting a good sudden workout, and the wind is being knocked out of me??
When was the last time you did a treadmill test or had a complete physical? I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the symptoms...who do you know reacts that way from a good laugh?...I don't know anyone so perhaps there is something more going on? good luck.
Hi, it does sound strange, right? I do get regular blood work or physical with my dr. every 3 to 6 months. All my 'numbers' are good, blood pressure, blood count, etc. I'm healthy, i've been told. The best way to describe this laughing thing would be like... have you ever heard Asians talking about Chi? I feel like when I'm laughing really hard, and start breaking down like a crumbling tower, all of my chi has left! I don't quite know the true meaning of chi, but this is the way I can describe it. Thanks for posting!
Look into a condition called "laughter-induced syncope" (pronounced SINK-uh-pee). "Syncope" means "fainting". From what I understand, it has to do with sudden change in blood pressure and oxygen supply to the brain. Ask your MD about it; it's a medically recognized condition that is relatively benign... unless you're falling down and breaking bones all the time, that is.
Thank you for posting, Midwest1 ! When I do laugh hard and 'break down' vertically, it's just the oddest thing. It's more frequent now. Practically every time i laugh hard from the heart! But i don't feel lightheaded or feel like i'm going to faint at all. My knees just give out. When i just laugh, a light laugh or a passing quick laugh, I don't fall or anything. Just when I REALLY think something's funny... and it just strikes me funny, and my knees give out! What can I say?!
WOW, Leeleelanilou ! As per your advice, I looked up symptoms of narcolepsy. Sure enough, what I'm describing sounds very much like cataplexy! Thank you for being so perceptive and posting! WOW, who would have thought that it might be narcolepsy? My dr. hubby thinks I just have great sense of humor. He certainly does not think I need anti-depressants (a treatment for cataplexy). But if these symptoms persist, I am going to see a specialist! Thank you soooo much for putting a name to something I just thought only I experienced! I hope my posting helped anyone with similiar questions!
You're welcome. I just took an SMLT for narcolepsy & it turned out negative. What they did was timed how long it took me to go to sleep during the day. They would give me 20-30 minutes to try to get to sleep & then they would come wake me & ask, "Did you sleep? Did you dream?" They did this 5 times through out the day. Although doing a trial run at home wouldn't be the same as having a SMLT because you have no way of seeing your brain activity, it would help you to know if you need to go to a Sleep Center for testing. Sometime when your hubby's home ask him if he'll help you do it. You have to stay awake at least 1 hour in between naps. Hubby should record how fast you fall asleep. He should let you sleep between 20-35 minutes depending on when he thought you were actually asleep. He should write down the time he woke you. Then you need to try to remember if you slept & if you had a dream. People with narcolepsy go into delta sleep too soon after falling asleep. They can dream during a 20 minute nap during the day. They seldom get the restorative sleep that they need to stay alert during the day.
leeleelanilou, thank you again. When I lay down to sleep, I'm KNOCKED OUT within minutes. I'll have to take your advise and see if I do dream during short naps. I've ALWAYS been a heavy dreamer, and dreams are always too vivid. I smell, feel, taste, etc in my dreams... and sometimes dreams can really manipulate the mood of the day. Since you took an SMLT ( to test for narcolepsy, right?~ BTW, what does SMLT stand for?) you said it tested negative. So u r not narcoleptic... Are/did you experience similar experience like me? Laughing and etc.. cataplexy? The reason I ask is because if the test came out negative, and you seem to have symptoms like cataplexy.. that's gotta be ruled out. then what? what could it be?
I'm sorry, I got my letters turned around. The test for narcolepsy is a MSLT (multiple sleep latency test). The reason that I had a sleep study was because I have Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I became so tired at the end of August that I ended up in the hospital. I was also being treated for severe depression & the Psychiatrist they assigned me didn't believe that Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue were viable illnesses. He told me that most people who are diagnosed with those are more than likely suffering from lack of sleep. (duh!) He told me that I had symptoms of Narcolepsy because when I was younger I would have sleep paralysis, I got weak in the knees & will fall to the ground if I get frightened suddenly (like from when my hubby would wait for me around a corner & jump out at me), I go into mini sleep periods during certain activities (like the things you could do almost on auto pilot, e.g., driving a familiar route, unloading the dishwasher, etc..), I dream a lot & remember these dreams in vivid detail, sometimes upon falling asleep I see things that are not there (like a man peeking in my bedroom window) & I'm so fatigued that it has lessened the quality of my life. My test did turn out neg. but I'm not so sure that it was done correctly. The man that did the test had a severe neurological disorder & it affected his hands & speech. He never told me to go to sleep on the first test so I lay there about 10 minutes before I thought, OK, I think I'm supposed to go to sleep now. Usually they do an audio/visual test to make sure the leads & speakers are working. I guess at the end of this test they're supposed to say, "Good night" & he didn't until I asked him to clue me in. In the past 3 days I have remembered dreams after being woken up within 35 minutes. I'm on Concerta for my daytime sleepiness so I guess I'm being treated for Narcolepsy. I hope I explained this OK for you.
Leeleelanilou, hope you will feel better, and I hope the medication works for you. I have not experienced anything out the the ordinary besides my laughing phenom... Thank you for your attention, and I hope you'll get better!!!!