It Had To Happen Sooner Or Later
Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:43 AM
[Addendum: 1:00pm the next day]
Writing this the next day, in hindsight, I wish I had the sense to just go and do the toe wiggle myself. I do recall rubbing my calfs, but this did not seem to help in any way. Am I right in assuming that it needs to be an external touch? Having rubbed my own legs to no avail, but having my wife touch my toes and successfully waking up the legs? Admittedly, this confuses me. Why? Does this make sense to anyone?
Posted 06 June 2008 - 08:27 PM
In all seriousness though....I'm so sorry to hear you are now experiencing this. Most cataplexy starts from the head down, so this is definitely a nonclassical attack. Do you think maybe it was a partial sleep paralysis episode?
And I guess it would only make sense that a wife's touch would probably spark a different kind of emotion or zap in the brain that could 'flip the switch' back on.
I would definitely keep your doc in the loop about this. I wish you all the best!
Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:12 PM
Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:59 PM
My sleep doc thinks it's odd. What's new?
You posted this several months ago. Anything since then?
Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:26 PM
External touch doesn't work for me, although I have to say that my skin gets extra sensitive like I'm on the drug ecstacy and everything feels really good (never taken it but it fits descriptions I've heard.)
But it doesn't make me move. Your wife probably just started towards the end of the attack. But try it again next time...maybe you've found a great shortcut for yourself in ending your C. Who knows?
I just sit there and mentally try and wiggle my toes until they move. It makes my feet & legs tickle, but I know once I can move them that it's almost over.
Welcome to C! My motto: Cataplectics do it on the floor!
Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:27 PM
I can always feel my C coming. In fact, I can feel what part of the body it will affect and sometimes see myself falling in my head before I do, like a dress rehearsal so I get it right and don't hurt myself. I've had very few spontaneous attacks but those have happened on occasion.