I am a 29 yr old male who is active and in shape. I used to run track (hurdles) in college and started developing problems as a senior. During races and sometimes during physical intense activity my body would start to feel like I cannot control it and my brain is kind of stuck (almost like my body is frozen). My right foot would turn in almost like cramping but with no pain. I would have to stop running as i could not get my body to keep moving-5-6 seconds later it would go back to normal. Lately I have been experiencing the same thing but while lifting weights. When I bench press and strain my whole right side gets weak and my right foot turns in and I cannot lift anymore for about 5 seconds. I get the feeling of my body is frozen for a second and then it goes away. It is very hard to explain but it’s almost like my body freezes and I cannot move for a period of time. I know it is happening when it is happening but can’t seem to prevent it from coming. It does not happen all the time just particularly when I am straining or doing something really physical. Any help would be much appreciated!
i have something very similar to you and i don't know what it is. what happens to me is whenever i stand up really quick, the right side of my body stiffens up and my right wrist stiffens inward towards my stomach for like 5 seconds then the body stiffening goes away just like what you said. Also just like you i can also feel when the body stiffening is going to happen but i can't do anything about and it's very annoying! and i'm hoping this is not something really serious, can somebody please help us with our problem thank you!
Well that is great!-well not you having those issues but at least I know I am not alone. I tried to explain the feeling the best I could but it is very hard to put it into words. Hopefully someone can give us some guidance. Have you ever gotten someone to look at your nerves or got a test done or anything? I think that is my next step.
I have a frozen in time problem also. Whatever I am doing, no matter what time of day or where I am at, my body freezes in place. I hear what others are saying, know where I am at, but I can't tell anyone and I have to fight the feeling from within. Is there any cure for this? Why is it happening? One Doctor tried to tell me I was having a seizure, but this is NO SEIZURE!. He put me on seizure medication and it did not help, but seemed to make it worse. Needless to say, I stopped that medication and told the Doctor that that was not what was going on. The Doctor got upset, would not listen to me, and refused to help me anymore.
No one seems to have figured out what cause this, but I started checking my medications that I am on and was surprised that my blood pressure medications had some bad side effects. I noticed after I started on it (had not used it before), and I got curious. I would not advise it, but I stopped taking my blood pressure medication until I go back to my Doctor tomorrow.
I had one minor feeling of my body freezing, but it was over quickly. It seems the feeling of my body being frozenin time hasn't happened, but that once since I stopped that medication. I suggest you start checking your medications and what the side effects are. Please don't sotp taking the medications, but make sure you Doctor listens to what you are saying and show that doctor what the side effects are. It seems my blood pressure medication has side effects on the neural system that may be triggering thos episodes. I will let you know what my doctor says about it.
Whenever i change motion of my body i.e. from sitting to stand up & walk Or from walking to run, quickly my body get stiffen & freeze. It happens mostly in the area where I have no comfort zone i.e. outside my home in an open area. Possible solutions what I think are:
1) Aerobic exercises
2) follow this link for Baba Ramdev's anulom vilom pranayam yoga
These two things will help you a lot. But consistency is required.
I started the same symptoms in 2000 during football practice and started to realize it happened as made sudden movements ie start running from a sitting position. My right side stiffens up, right hand like points at my face, right cheek raises as if im smileing and right foot comes in... it only last for about 5 seconds and as everyone has said I can feel it about to happen.
I tried figuring out what this was for a few years but ended up giving up. I had 2 MRI of brain, an EEG by a Neurologist, and several blood work. All though I now have hypertension I was completely healthy during all these test. Dr. also tried saying it was seizures and tried multiple of medications.
I believe it to be related to stress levels or anxiety... I can go months without ever freezing up but as I get stressed out it begins to occur with regularity. It just happened to me badly, which caused me to start my google search. My daughter screamed while in the shower (due to cutting herself) and I completely froze in my attempt to run from sitting on the couch to the bathroom.
I remember it happening in an attempt to run across the room to answer the phone... Which makes me believe for sure it has to be related to anxiety
I was so relieved when I saw this today and found that I'm not the only one with these strange symptoms. Like others, I first noticed this during track in jr. high. When the gun went off, I would feel frozen up and would drag my right leg and curl up my arm and feel like my head wanted to turn up and to the side. How distressing and embarassing for a teenager! I would try to my best to cover it up (still do) .This still happens sometimes when rising from sitting to standing, particularly when it is in quick response to phone, door bell, etc. Happens more when under stress or have had a lot of caffiene. Has anyone seen a doctor that had an explaination? Or tried any treatment that works?
this has been happening to me since i was 12 years old i am now 27 when i first said something about it a doctor told me that it could be a heart problem but then he changed his mind and said he has never seen this before years later i asked another doctor and what he told me was to stop doing the things that make this happen i was in shock that he eve told me that if anyone ever finds out the cause of this please post it
Me too, 3 years now. Pretty sure it's coming from my spine. Whole left half of me frees, arm turns in, face gets stuck and sometimes I feel it in my throat. Can always feel it coming on and cracking my back seems to help alleviate it faster (i can force myself to awkwardly get my hand behind my back and crack it/) If i crack my back it goes away in 5 seconds. If I do not the episode will last 15-20 seconds. Has happened to me snowboarding and even once on my motorcycle on the highway.... not good.
It's my senior year of high school and my sudden lock ups have started happening more frequently during the summer. Everytime I sit up and walk or start to run; my left side of my body locks up and my head clenches downwards for about 5 seconds and then my body goes back to normal. My lock ups have happened since I was 13 years old during track when I ran but not from walking and it rarely happened until now. But now it happens everyday. I can stop the sitting up lock ups by just standing up and standing still for a second and walking slowly and it won't happen. Also, I tested myself by staying sitting in the chair for a long time and then by sitting up really quickly and walking fast but it doesn't happen. It only happens when someone rings the door bell, or if i'm in public.
Hi Everyone, I came here from a random google search. I believe that at least some of you probably have "myotonia" which is a symptom of abnormal muscle spasm or stiffness. If your symptoms started in/around adolescence and continues into adulthood, then most likely you have either "myotonia congenita" or "myotonic muscular dystrophy". If you do NOT have any muscle dystrophy (weakness, loss of muscle, etc), then MC is more likely although a very mild form of MMD is possible too. In order to confirm the diagnosis, you should go see a neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular diseases. Family practitioners and even general neurologists may not be very helpful since these are rare diseases.
I am a physician but not a neurologist. One of my family member developed myotonia around 11, with random muscle stiffness episodes that only occur at the time of sudden movement (standing up from sitting, running from standing, sprinting, etc) and only last for a few seconds. It is NOT seizure because myotonia is muscle spasm (limbs/face "locked" and hard to move) while seizure is jerky, repeated muscle movement. For the same reason, it is not paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (abnormal "movement") as mentioned in a prior post. Google "fainting goat" and you will find an animal disease affecting the same gene as human myotonia congenita. It's usually harmless although it requires some getting used to. The symptoms can be prevented by warming up. Bottom line: you should see a neuromuscular disease specialist to get a clinical diagnosis, and 100% definitive diagnosis would require genetic tests. I would choose not to do the genetic test unless you are thinking about prenatal screening, since there is no cure.