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I am new to the board, but I have been having a problem with sleep paralysis for over 25 years. I know that what I have is definitely sleep paralysis because I have done research in books and on the internet. I have typical "frozen body" where I cannot move, but I can hear everything going on around me and I can sometimes see things, albeit fuzzy. Also, this only happens when I am in a prone position (on my back) asleep.

Now, I have a new twist which is quite scary. I have never sought medical help for the paralysis because in everything I have read it seems to be a pretty benign disorder with the greatest problem just being that it's scary while it's happening. According to sleep and neuro forums, sleep paralysis doesn't seem to have any medical effects. BUT, yesterday I was taking a nap on the sofa - prone position - when all of a sudden I felt like I was having "brain squeezes". Then my head started involuntarily bobbing up and down- hard! I also experienced a buzzing sensation in my head. And I could feel my body twitching. During the whole episode, I was also experiencing the sleep paralysis.

Upon waking, my 12-year old son, who was watching TV on the couch next to me, said that I was talking in my sleep, my head was moving and my body was twitching. He said it only lasted for about a minute. At this point, I had a headache and I felt very tired. Is this an epileptic seizure? Should I get to a doctor ASAP?

I know this sounds weird, but I have never had this happen before with my sleep paralysis and I am quite scared.

I am just trying to see if there is anyone out there with a similar or exact situation.


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