How Long Is A Typical Cataplexy?
Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:48 PM
The reason I ask is sometimes when I have a spell my torso stops functioning for 2 or more days. I shake or my head drops forward then my body is limp and I can't talk for a few minutes but I can hear everything around me. After that I can't walk or sit up for hours or days. My limbs and torso feel like they are full of cement. Sometimes my head is too heavy to hold it up- just like a newborn baby. It isn't painful except when I try to force myself to sit up or hold my head up properly before the muscles are ready. The shortest spell has been 2hrs the longest has been 7 days. Does this happen to anyone else? Is this really cataplexy? or could it be something else?
Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:29 PM
Posted 04 July 2011 - 04:02 PM
Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:59 PM
The one thing I do notice, which might be part of what you're feeling, is with the more severe ones i.e. major ones which include my entire body, the affects are severe, and the intensity with which it effects my muscles means they are weakened significantly. The first time I had a major one, I spent a week learning how to walk again. I think my body has gotten used to it somehow, because now it only takes about 1 to 2 days, during which time, everything is very heavy and so week, it feels like I wouldn't be able to move my body part if I wanted to, but I can, it's just hard.
So the actual attack lasts a short time, just long enough to zap the muscular system, like lightening hitting a power line and killing the power. How long the power stays out might be what varies for people? I'm just guessing here, and thinking out loud, I don't know anyone else who has cataplexy, so I can only go on what I experience.