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Posted by Bruce on September 23, 2000 at 20:39:49:

In Reply to: Open to all.................. posted by Leathan on September 22, 2000 at 08:00:10:

: Hello ,

: I get predictable head and shoulder jerks/shakes/quivers.... They occur when these parts of my body are supported - for example when in a chair but most commonly when I am lying down. As I say they are predictable 95% of the time. I might get the odd head jerk during the day but it's minor and not as forceful as the ones I get at night time before dozing off...

: I also have thought block where I stop in mid sentence although I am fully aware of what I want to say.

: Also I have a tremor in my hands -left mostly. But also in my right hand - noticed when using my touchpad ( mouse ) on my laptop woth my right hand fingers. But as I say left hand shakes when holding something like a book.

: Also I get fatigue easily or rather I feel drowsy but fight through it. I get the need to sleep / rest during the day. The fatigue/drowsiness can be quite arresting. Recently I have had sleep paralysis and what I think was a hypnagogic dream where I was half asleep if that's possible - the dream was sort of threatening!!

: current diagnosis is cfs but do u people have these symptoms too? The CFS Secialist says cfs overlaps with MS and maybe Parkys...

: regards ,

: Leathan

Leathan, I just checked a site for the CDC (Center for disease control), a federal government branch, on CFS. Even though we Parkinson patients have a few symptoms in common, there was no mention of Parkinson's in the discussion about CFS. We do have tremors and might feel weak or fatigued if the medication isn't working, but most of the symptoms listed for CFS are not likely to be seen in a Parkinson patient. The CDC stated the criteria for diagnosing CFS varies throughout the country and the diagnosis of CFS depended on excluding all other medical conditions that could cause fatigue. Some of these conditions are: untreated hypothyroidism, sleep apnea, side effects to medicine, previously treated malignancies, unresolved Hepatitis B and C infection, major depression, alcohol or substance abuse and severe obesity. The CDC defined chronic fatigue as severe, disabling fatigue for six or more months plus impaired concentration, short term memory loss, sleep disturbances and musculoskeletal pain. Take care, Bruce

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