DrDiana wrote:Does anyone here feel very symptomatic, or have new symptoms, when they sleep on their backs? Have you ever woken up feeling "paralyzed" with the inability to move or even speak? Thanks for your help!
I had to stop sleeping on my back in early adulthood because both my arms would go paralyzed to my sides (not numb) and immoveable, so to get up in the morning I'd have to kinda throw my body to one side until I got it into a position where it loosened up. Then it would be gone once I finally got it into a different position (which tells me it's not an MS brain lesion...). I still had it at least at the time of my MS dx, but I have to sleep propped up due to reflux nowadays (yet another non-MS issue), so I don't roll onto my back by accident any more to test it. And of course, I never went to a doctor for it.
In fact, I told my family about it in case I'm ever lying on my back unconscious in a hospital bed for an extended period of time. And I've always notified my dentists/beauticians that they may have to help me out of the chair if they keep my head back too long. Seriously.
All my adult life I've assumed that my body's lifelong weirdnesses were due to my many other medical issues. In fact, the main reason I didn't get diagnosed with MS for 30+ years is because I've always assumed that most of my problems were due to a couple of childhood whiplash incidents. And I had always read that whiplash injuries are likely to cause any number of problems later in life. I treated them on that assumption, and my approach usually worked.
euphoniaa wrote:DrDiana wrote:Does anyone here feel very symptomatic, or have new symptoms, when they sleep on their backs? Have you ever woken up feeling "paralyzed" with the inability to move or even speak? Thanks for your help!
Yep, it's a cervical thing with me.
Can you tell me if you can speak during these episodes? Thanks so much!
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