Sleep attack with loss of balance and dysphasia

Posted by poojerrt @poojerrt, Nov 20, 2017

For the past 3+ years I have been experiencing what I call sleep attacks. These are not narcoleptic in nature, are associated with slurred, slow, speech, and cause a loss of balance that makes me walk with my feet apart like a drunk to compensate. I feel a sudden overwhelming desire to sleep I cannot resist. I know I have a few minutes to pull over and park or make coffee for morning and brush my teeth before I have to close my eyes and give in. Last evening (usually but not always in the evening), it hit me about 8:30, I was out by 8:40 and then woke up at midnight unable to go back to sleep. I’ve seen a neurologist who tested ,e for MS, Myasthenia Gravis and other neuromuscular disorders and found nothing except neuropathy on the bottom of my feet. I feel ,Ike I’m walking on paper all the time tho, not just when I have a sleep attack. I’m a retired RN and have researched everything from narcolepsy to brain tumors to sleep wake disorders and nothing fits. What is this?

@poojerrt This really is perplexing. I hope you can find out the reason for this fairly soon.
If you have not been seen by someone at a major medical center I suggest you try that. I went way too long with no diagnosis up here near Manchester NH. If I ever go a long time again with no diagnosis I will head right down to Boston. I ended up going there anyway but I spent almost a year and half not knowing what was wrong with me.


Hi, @poojerrt –sounds frustrating going through all these tests, research and overwhelming desire to sleep, without a concrete diagnosis.

Others who have talked about sleep challenges may have some insights for you, like @anon56837187, @jimhd, @sarahe, @sandytoes14, @oldkarl and @ryman. Hope you can all meet up here in this discussion.

You mentioned the doctor ruled out MS and Myasthenia Gravis and some others. What other disorders were ruled out at this point?



You certainly have me stumped! I assume you’ve had all of the appropriate imaging studies, blood assessments, ENT doctors, etc. Isn’t it amazing how many different possibilities are out there? ! I’ve had many of the same tests you have, and like you, I’m not done yet. The neurologist has suggested I see a specialist who combines neurology with nasopharyngeal medicine. I need to pursue that one.

I hope you (and I) find the answers.



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Hi, @poojerrt — just wanted to say I’m thinking of you today and wondering if you are still having your sleep attacks?

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