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Episodes similar to fainting, but not lose consciousness

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I hope someone will be willing to answer my question. I have a 28 year old sister who was born with deformed legs. After some surgical operations she was able to walk on her own from childhood. Recently she has been having very disturbing or rather unusual episodes where she slowly falls to the ground. she loses control of all her muscles and slowly falls. This happens even when she is sitting down, she will slowly lay down as if gravity is pulling her.
I can only call this falling down because this is different from fainting. She keeps conscious during these episodes but cannot speak nor control her body.
Can someone please assist, any suggestion will help greatly as no one, including our doctors have a clue of what is happening.
This is affecting her really bad because she cannot be where she wants, when she wants as we cannot predict when her episodes will start. They happen at least four times a week, and an episode lasts for a maximum of 5 minutes. Thank you in advance!
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replied October 20th, 2013
Thank you for consulting our forum. I have to agree that it does not look like a fainting. There is one question remaining however. Is she truly conscious or she just has her eyes open? Based on the answer she could have either an epilepsy or a cataplexy (a symptom on narcolepsy). Both conditions are managed by neurologists. By Andre Strizhak


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replied October 25th, 2013
Thank you for the reply! She says she is aware of everything that is happening around her during these episodes. I believe her too because when this happens and we are around her, she stares at us as if she wants to say something but she cant. Thank you again for your response.
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