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Doctor insights on: Fatal Insomnia Symptoms

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Is low temperature (95-97 degree) which fluctuates in that range, a symptom of fatal insomnia?

Is low temperature (95-97 degree) which fluctuates in that range, a symptom of fatal insomnia?

95-97: Unlikely to be a problem. Do you know what your heart rate might be? That will give you a better idea of 95-97. If not related to any symptoms, relax and enjoy life. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

What is the symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: Sporadic fatal insomnia is believed to be a prion disease that cause degeneration of the nervous system. Symptoms include disrupted sleep and daytime hypersomnolence, abnormalities of the autonomic system, abnormal movements , imbalance speech and swallowing problems. Abnormal behavior may be assumed to be due to psychiatric illness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fatal familial insomnia?

What are the symptoms of fatal familial insomnia?

Familial Insomnia: Fatal familial insomnia is a human prion disease -- rare, transmissible, invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease with accumulation of a misfolded host protein (prion) in brain tissue. Symptoms: disrupted sleep w/daytime sleepiness; autonomic dysfunction; motor problems like myoclonus, ataxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and pyramidal signs. Patient develops progressive dementia w/psychosis too.. ...Read more

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What is sporadic fatal insomnia? What are the sign and symptoms of it?

What is sporadic fatal insomnia? What are the sign and symptoms of it?

SFI: Sporadic fatal insomnia is a very rare, transmissible neurodegenerative disease characterized by the accumulation of a misfolded protein (the prion protein) in the brain. Symptoms include disrupted sleep, autonomic dysfunction, and motor abnormalities including myoclonus, ataxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and pyramidal signs like clonus on exam. There may be peculiar behaviors too. ...Read more

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I just wonder what is the first sign or symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

I just wonder what is the first sign or symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Insomnia: It is very, very, very rare & is characterized by progressive insomnia associated w/ extreme changes in personality & behavior eventually resulting in dementia & death, usually over the course of a year or two. It's related to mad cow disease & creutzfeldt jakob disease & is caused by accumulation of misfolded prion proteins in the brain. You don't have it. ...Read more

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Why do I have all the symptoms for sporadic fatal insomnia? Im pretty scared

Why do I have all the symptoms for sporadic fatal insomnia? Im pretty scared

Scared enough: To go see a doctor? That will be the only way to find out. If you are too scared to go see a doctor, because you don't really want to know, then that's ok too. There is no treatment for it anyways. The only benefit of seeing a doctor is to find out you are wrong and you don't really have it. In that case, you will still have to figure out what you really have. Will that be worth it to you? ...Read more

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I don't think I have fatal familila insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia but i got all the symptoms so what can I be i have?

A sleep disturbance: Get a consultation with a doctor certified in sleep medicine. She may have you do a sleep study to get an idea of what is going on. It is important to get good sleep for the normal functioning of the body. ...Read more

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Im scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so thats why i asked about it ?

Im scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so thats why i asked about it ?

Scared enough: To go see a doctor? That will be the only way to find out. If you are too scared to go see a doctor, because you don't really want to know, then that's ok too. There is no treatment for it anyways. The only benefit of seeing a doctor is to find out you are wrong and you don't really have it. In that case, you will still have to figure out what you really have. Will that be worth it to you? ...Read more

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But anxiety is a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia that i know?

But anxiety is a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia that i know?

Health Anxiety: Health anxiety can make people fear having serious physical illnesses when these are not actually present. Such people worry a lot about physical sensations, and misinterpret them to mean scary things. They persist in asking about particular rare diagnoses despite repeated reassurance of not having them. Family physicians and psychiatrists can work together well to help such people find relief. ...Read more

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