So I've been dealing with an issue with my sleep for a while. I have bad insomnia and one of the main issues is as I start to doze off, the muscles in my body (mainly upper body) suddenly violent contract or "seize up" and it makes me shoot up in bed. Sometimes I can fight it off, but I get this physical tension that seems to build up in my muscles and the only way to get rid of it is to engage all of my muscles to release the tension. It either does it by itself or I have to do it just to be comfortable. This happens every few minutes. I've seen doctors, taken several different prescription medications (including controlled substances), and done sleep studies. And nothing has helped. I haven't gotten more than 4 hours of sleep in a night for the past 2 months. I'm constantly fatigued and my mood slowly degrades to where I lash out at everyone for no reason. I can't afford to keep going to doctors only for them to either not know what the problem is or prescribe another medication that won't work. Does anyone else have this problem and if so, have you figured out what the cause is and how to treat it?
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replied December 1st, 2018
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Everyone experiences hypnic jerks of some kind, but they usually are benign and aren't disruptive to sleep. What you are describing is exceedingly rare. You might consider asking for a referral to an MD sleep specialist possibly in a teaching hospital. Good luck.
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