A 25-year-old male asked:
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no one here thinks that i have sporadic fatal insomnia. i think of this disease everyday. maybe i'm psychotic. what can i do to ease my mind?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
SFI: Read as much as u can about the illness. Occupy your mind with other things that can be more rewarding.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Marianna Post
16 years experience Family Medicine
See Counselor: See a psychologist or psychiatrist. Is there a possibility that you have a rare fatal disease...? Sure, but do you really think one will diagnose something like that without physical exam, good complete history and complete testing? End line- if you that concerned, go see a doctor.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan answered
33 years experience Sports Medicine
See neurologist: Sporadic fatal insomnia as you are aware is a very rare genetic disorder referred to as a prion disease. Progressive insomnia is its hallmark. Genetic testing is the most definitive. A neurologist may be able to do some simpler, less expensive test that would suggest that if all is normal and your history is not compatible with sporatic fatal insomnia no further studies are required. Sleep well.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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