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Suggestion On Sleep Disorder As a Symptom

I suggest and I’m begging you to create a site where the symptoms can be enumerated and possible diagnoses can be given. That would be a great help to both the patient and the doctor and your site will surely increase in popularity. I'm suffering from sleep deprivation eversince my accident last 6Sep03 which left me deaf and disabled (because I'm not able to balance probably because I’m deaf). I think a brain trauma resulted in having to suffer what the neurologist in the Philippines termed as myoclonus where I couldn't control my right hand. Although I could control my left hand, I couldn't control the tips of my fingers that's why I eat like a pig. I've undergone Occupational Therapy in 2 hospitals in the Philippines but I feel it's not helping me for the Therapist just tells me to relax. I asked myself, is this how you conduct Occupational Therapy to your patients where you just tell them to relax to achieve control? I feel using Psychology to cure something Physiological is inappropriate. What is happening to me is purely Physiological. That's why my Father and I researched the internet often. There's one drug that my dad researched and the doctor heeded, it's called Piracetam (generic name Nootropil). It helped a great deal to reduce the shaking, but after a while, its effects weren't as dramatic. I think my body has developed immunity which I also read holds true. I’ve taken a drug my dad researched for Myoclonus called Sodium Valproate whose side-effect is that it makes you feel drowsy, I thought this was what I needed for I'm not getting enough sleep. There are times when I couldn't sleep at all. I’ve read in the internet that lack of sleep is not age-related (which is a common misconception) but a symptom, so that what is happening to me is most likely related to my accident. I’ve taken Clonazepam (which I read was the first drug of choice for Myoclonus) for quite a while but it doesn't seem to work.
Before when I would attempt to button my blouse my nail bled and my right fingers would hurt. But I think thru constant practice and the right medication this doesn't occur anymore.
I was prescribed an anti-depressant to deal with my sleep disorder but it didn’t work. My current neurologist doubled the dosage combined with an anti-epileptic/anti-myoclonus drug and after 2 days I took a medication for Parkinson’s she also prescribed and this caused me to fall asleep earlier (really fall asleep) although I still wake up early, I still could not control my hands, and this effect lasted only 2 days.
People think my problem is not a big deal, but it’s really bothersome for me, because even if my eyes are really sore, I still couldn’t fall asleep.
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replied September 26th, 2007
I made various searches and posts to various forums so that I may be able to share my ideas and hopefully may generate the interest of a web programmer perhaps? I just find it such a pity that the power of the internet is not being maximized for the purpose of diagnosis. Since I observe that there seems to be a general fear to self-diagnosis, I thought that access to the website that will implement this suggestion be limited and make the referral field in the registration section a requirement. There is already a website like what I had in mind but is limited to one symptom and quite complex, so I know it’s possible and just needs enhancement. Financing of this suggestion can be done if they are coursed thru medical institutions. I foresee that this suggestion will benefit tremendously both the patient and the doctor. It would limit the trial and error phase and lessen the frustration of both doctor and patient. I don't see it coming soon, so it wouldn't benefit me, but maybe in the near future, for setting up that kind of website will greatly enhance the field of medicine, mainly neurology, for the brain is a very complex organ.
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replied September 27th, 2007
Not a big deal? sounds it to me, its a lot to cope with, and i admire it when someone like yourself can manage to deal with it even though it must be very hard. Although i dont know much about your condition so dont have much input on it, sorry
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replied September 28th, 2007
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very well put Smile my heart goes out to you for all of your struggles, and perserverance, if that's how you spell it Smile you sound very strong and admirable. keep up the good work Smile and i agree with as_essex_86 as well, in what she had to say Smile very admirable Smile
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replied September 28th, 2007
Reply to Ash_essex_86 And Kmabethy2005
Appreciate very much the support. I do hope there's more of you around though.
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replied September 29th, 2007
She??? Im a guy lol
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replied September 29th, 2007
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oh sorry, i was thinking ash as in ashley Sad sorry lol won't happen again i promise *sigh* LOL
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replied September 29th, 2007
Ash is in ashley lol but im still a guy
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replied September 30th, 2007
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my bad, i have a niece named ashley, it's probably just natural to automatically think that way Sad my apologies Smile did you find out anymore on sp or ghosts? lol
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