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Hello! I am posting this to hope any doctors or anyone sees this, I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for the past few years. but thats not what i want to ask Today I had like a sleep paralysis but i was awake. I have a cold and i was coughing when my brain from the side starting to hurt really bad, and then my head just fell i couldn't move my body or my head or move any muscles. i stayed like that for about 5 minutes. there was tears in my eyes. also i felt sleepy like i wanted to sleep badly but i wasn't' sleepy before that or after i regained my body movements. I could think like i am gonna move my body but i couldn't. this happened one time before which lasted longer for about 1 hour. its like sleep paralysis but its not. anyone know what it is

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Hi Khalidwahedy nice to meet you and welcome to the site. This doesn't sound pleasant at all but there are no doctors or any professionals on this site only fellow users. Even if there were you couldn't be diagnosed over the net. You need to speak to your own doctor - have you seen a medical professional yet?

As this is a mental health site I presume you suffer from this. Can we help at all? If not I hope you find some answers to your troubling symptoms. Lil x

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Thank you I signed up because i saw a few post about mental health which alot of people are suffering from including me. thank you but today i am feeling a little better than somedays. i am also here to help anyone because i know how hard it is especially for people from a background or culture who do not believe in mental health problem

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I am glad you are feeling a bit better today than you have been. There seems to be an increasing number of people, especially young ones, suffering mental health issues. This is combined with cuts in the NHS services so it's a toxic situation in the UK I'm afraid.

This is a very safe site to talk about and discuss these issues as we all understand on here. We are all fellow users and support and help each other. We have members on here from all over the world and the culture issue can be very difficult for some of them.

Whilst you are waiting for more replies please familarise yourself with the rules of the site. You will find these in the pinned posts. Thank you.

There is also lots of information on the site so have a look round it.

Also if you wish to keep your posts and replies in the community only you need to click on 'community only' when you post. Otherwise they could appear in full anywhere on the internet. To amend your post click on the little downward arrow underneath it. Lil x

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Hi,

I had a similar problem to this when I was going through a prolonged period of depression and anxiety. I came to realise with help from a therapist that this was disassociation and a way of my brain coping with a situation when I'd had enough. Coming to realise this lessened the anxiety I connected with the paralysis and helped for me. I'd still recommend you see your GP about it as this is only my experience.

Best wishes.

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thank you for the reply I wasn't sure what it was or if anyone else had experienced it. I have the worst GP on the planet they do not help with much of the things i am going through

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Hello Khalidwahedy ,

I have just read your recent post and I can understand the power of depression and anxiety to influence our sense of physical wellbeing. It is said the mind body connection is very strong.

You have not said how old you but without wishing to alarm you further? Have you considered the possibility that your paralysis had a physical cause? You may have had a mini stroke? It might be worth getting checked out by your gp to get some peace of mind? I know you said your gp was not very sympathetic ? But your description of what happened to you sound very real and quite frightening? It is all to easy to put everything down to mental health issues . This is not always helpful and illness can be missed?

Whatever the cause ? What you experienced sounds very disturbing? So I hope you will find some answers soon.

I would also add that I have no medical training nor do I have experience of strokes? It is probably more likely to be anxiety related? But it is best to get checked out?

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I am 23 and I had a very serious motorbike accident two years ago, I broke my leg into 8 pieces, femur, knee, wrist, hand, fingers and I had some muscles injury to the neck, i was tood by doctors at the hospital to do MRI check on my chest but everytime i have been to my GP they ignore my request. And this thing that happened to my is the second time the first time was very long. And sometimes i feel like it's happening but it's goes away

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Have to agree with spzgirl51 here.

I do have experience of stroke within my family, and although I am not medically trained, this is my understanding of the condition:

Mini strokes, or TIA's (Transient Ischemic Attacks) are serious and are often the precursor to a full stroke. Ischemia means a restriction of blood flow, in a mini stroke this restriction is to part of the brain and is caused by blood clots forming somewhere in the body, often in one of the chambers of the heart, or following surgery. The clot then breaking away and travels usually to the brain (but they can go anywhere) and blocks the blood supply off, which is a thrombosis. This is not to be confused with a haemorragic stroke, which is caused by a bleed in the brain and that one is often severely debilitating or even fatal.

The symptoms of a TIA can be very varied and often even medical professionals can fail to diagnose them properly (take it from me, that happens), but they include vertigo, fainting, and I suppose just about any brain function could be affected. I don't want to worry you, because there are no doubt many other causes for the problems you have had, possibly even migraine-related or to do with the drugs you are taking. But if you have an increased risk of blood clots forming, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, smoking, previous incidence of stroke, recent surgery, then it's something to be looked into and there are plenty of drugs to prevent future problems.

I hope that you don't have this problem, and you probably don't but it needs to be checked out medically, with an assessment of heart function and probably a brain scan. Good luck, anyway.

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Thank you I was looking for something like this, I have had two surgeries and when I had my last one which was not that long ago I lost feelings in those muscles, I think you are probably right about the blood clots.

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Yes, it is a possibility and I'd get some medical advice as a matter of urgency. Your GP may simply advise that you take low dose (75mg) aspirin daily, to reduce the clotting factors in your blood, or prescribe a stronger anticoagulent like warfarin.

If you do feel unwell with the possible onset of a stroke, call an ambulance immediately and make sure the door is unlocked if you are alone. You can always cancel the ambulance if it's a false alarm. Treatment within the first hour is critically important as there are clot-busting drugs that can be administered which will prevent brain damage, it is almost miraculous to see someone who can't even speak make a complete recovery after treatment. But it has to be done quickly.

When my mother had a TIA, I called the ambulance and they advised she take 4 aspirin pills straight away, these were 300mg tablets. I don't know if that is still the advice, so I'd suggest you check up on that as well.

Strokes can also affect other organs of the body, so it's worth getting a check up if you think anything is wrong.

It might seem like I'm doomwatching here, I don't want to worry you but I failed to recognise the symptoms when my mother had her last TIA and now she's dead and I have to live with that. So I hope you can understand why this concerns me.

All the best,

Mark.

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Honestly I was just looking for any information and this helps me alot I usually ignores things like this because even when I go to my GP they just tell me to take Co-codamol. I am sorry to hear about your mother. sometimes i know when its happening and other times it just happen without any warning now I have a better understanding of what to do and take it more serious than just hoping that it would go away or get betters. Thank you again

Khalid.

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Hi Khalidwahedy I think you should go and see a doctor and tell them about your serious accident and the fact that your gp has denied you the chance to get an MRI in the past? Be calm and reasonable but stress your recent feeling of paralysis. It maybe important that you get checked out soon? I would even consider making a trip to A & E especially as its the weekend soon? It has the bonus that you are seen by fresh eyes and will not just be dismissed by your gp as you described earlier?

Good luck x

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spzgirl51 Hello, My doctor has all the information about my accident and i still have to tell them every time I visit them. I am going to see my doctor about it hopefully he will understand it if not I will visit A & E. Thanks for the Advice.

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