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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

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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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 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? I'm pretty scared

Why do I have all the symptoms for sporadic fatal insomnia? I'm 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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I'm scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so that's why I asked about it?

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I'm scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so that's 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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Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Nausea: Nausea can come along with many types of conditions. However, it's not a symptom leading to the diagnosis of any kind of fatal insomnia [an exceedingly rare condition anyway]. Here's a site with all kinds of information about nausea: http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/vomiting_and_nausea/article_em. Htm. ...Read more

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Is headache a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Holy cow!: When u hear hoofbeats on the bridge don't think first of unicorns! :). ...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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I wonder if decreased hearing and dizzyness I any symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Dizziness & deaf?: Your question is not entirely clear. If those are your only two symptoms it is suspicious for ménière's disease. See a local ENT to evaluate your hearing and balance problems. ...Read more

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If the body temperature gets cold and hot is that a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

If the body temperature gets cold and hot is that a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

These are irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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I must ask is changes in mood a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familila insomnia?

Mood is irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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I have Asperger syndrome can that create all the symptoms that I have felt for sporadic fatal insomnia?

I have Asperger syndrome can that create all the symptoms that I have felt for sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: What are your symptoms which you say is due to fatal insomnia.
Fatal insomnia is very rare. Symptoms starts with insomnia in middle age. Fever, headache, attention and vigilance, memory, get impaired. Hypertension, increased breathing and heart rates, sweating, and slightly increased body temperature.
These symptoms are so vague that people with anxiety might think they have this disease. ...Read more

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For 4 months ago I started to see that my left pupil has go smaller than the other is it not a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

For 4 months ago I started to see that my left pupil has go smaller than the other is it not a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: Fatal insomnia is very rare. Symptoms starts with insomnia in middle age. Fever, headache, attention and vigilance, memory, get impaired. Hypertension, increased breathing
and heart rates, sweating, and slightly increased body temperature are also other sign or symptoms of this rare disease.
The above symptoms and the majority of them might be caused by anxiety too.
Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a hanging eyelid be a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

SFI is the. ..: Non-inherited version of fatal familial insomnia. Both are prion diseases such as creutzfeldt-jakob and mad cow disease. I am not aware that a hanging (drooping?) eyelid which is called ptosis is in anyway related to sfi. ...Read more

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Is restless legs a symptom of fatal familia insomnia and sporadic fatal insomnia?

Not likely: Rls syndrome is unusual feeling of needing to move legs when trying to sleep. Reversible causes could be anemia or low red blood cells. Can be idiopathic (reasons uncertain) and falls in movement disorders and some parkinson drugs help. ...Read more

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I haven't slept in 6 months and my symptoms keep getting worse and worse. My body and brain burn. Do I have sporadic fatal insomnia? Please help!

I haven't slept in 6 months and my symptoms keep getting worse and worse. My body and brain burn. Do I have sporadic fatal insomnia? Please help!

You can't be: Diagnosed on-line. If you haven't already had a sleep study then this is extremely important. Your physician can consult with a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I think I have sporadic fatal insomnia when I lie in my bed it feels like my brain won't let me fall asleep what are the early symptoms of this disease?

I think I have sporadic fatal insomnia when I lie in my bed it feels like my brain won't let me fall asleep what are the early symptoms of this disease?

Unlikely: Many anxious people when they go to bed instead of shutting down their brain and try to sleep they start thinking about every thing. ...Read more

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Is dry mouth and dry throat a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is dry mouth and dry throat a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Dry Mouth: Dry mouth and throat can come from many, many causes. It is not a diagnostic sign of fatal insomnia. See the following site for more likely possibilities: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-dry-mouth. ...Read more

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Is dry mouth dry nose and dry throat and that you bleed smaller a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familia insomnia?

Is dry mouth dry nose and dry throat and that you bleed smaller a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familia insomnia?

Familial insomnia: The symptoms you list have no relation to insomnia. You can learn more about ffi, a very rare, familial disease at this site: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/fatal_familial_insomnia
insomnia is very common. If you have it, see a sleep disorders doctor to help figure out what the cause is for you. There are many causes. It is very treatable. ...Read more

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How rare is sporadic fatal insomnia?

How rare is sporadic fatal insomnia?

SFI: Only 8 cases have ever been diagnosed as of july 2005, so it is extremely rare. ...Read more

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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

Sfi: In my 30 years of practice, I have not seen one case. Researching the history showed there were less than 100 cases ever reported worldwide. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sporadic fatal insomnia?

How to know if I have sporadic fatal insomnia?

Sleep study: I am assuming that you mean sleep apnea which many people have. It is not typically fatal but could be because it involves stopping breathing during sleep. The way to identify this is through a sleep study which can be set up by your PCP. There are many efffective modes of treatment so it is not something to worry about. Just get checked. ...Read more

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How can you get diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

How can you get diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

Autopsy: Univ of Chi: This condition can result from a genetic abnormality or in non-genetically compromised individuals who have a protein strand, a Prion, that does not fold correctly. The condition is progressive and ends in death. Most diagnosis depends upon observation of changes in the functioning brain and confirmed upon autopsy. Gene testing only positive in the familial form. The condition can be acquired. ...Read more

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How many people have been diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

How many people have been diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

Ultra few: I do not know, but do know it is so incredibly rare. Something like less than 10 sporadic cases, and only a few dozen families with the abnormal gene. ...Read more

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Has anyone in sweden got fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

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Has anyone in sweden got fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Hard to say: There are only about 100 people alive with ffi (estimated), and a handful of sfi diagnoses. Considering some of the cases are in europe, there's a chance they may be in sweden, diagnosed or undiagnosed? ...Read more

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What are the odds of someone having/developing sporadic fatal insomnia right now?

Very low: Sporadic fatal insomnia is very rare. In 30 years of medical practice I have not come across a single case. It may be related to a very rare illness called creutzfeld-jacob disease. ...Read more