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~Liz
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been sleepwalking for a couple of years now, and just recently my doctor told me that there is some connection between sleepwalking and migraines.  It would be ok, if not for the fact that I've done some very dangerous things while sleepwalking, such as trying to cook, walking to the beach, swallowing quarters, tacks, a battery, and so on.  I'm wondering if anyone here has the same problem and if they have any suggestions at all to help.  I've put alarms on all of the doors and windows, which helped for about 5 months, but then I "learned" how to turn them off...  I also put all of my meds in a comination lock-box, but I guess that the combo gets remembered even during sleep because not too long after I got it I would find it open in the morning.  It's such a scary thing, I would love any suggestions at all.
 
Thanks,
~Liz
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
PRN meds: Tylonal #3 and Tramadol


Annuk
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 3/28/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Ooooo Liz,

That is a toughy! I wonder if a Sleep Specialist would be the way to go here - talk to your Doc about that - especially in the light of the dangers you put yourself in!

I used to sleepwalk as a teen, I would go into my parents bedroom and pick up my Mum's hairspray and spray it round the room telling my parents that I was catching a bus lol!!! Thankfully I grew out of it.

take care

Ann
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~Liz
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 3/28/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ann,
 
I have been to a sleep specialist before and he wanted to catch one of my episodes while I was hooked up to an EEG, EKG, and something else.  I ended up staying the sleep center for a week, but I didn't sleepwalk during that time and they said staying longer than that likely wouldn't be helpful.  One thing they were able to tell me was that my NREM cycle was "off." I'm not too sure what they meant by that.
 
My doctor has talked about sedatives and anti-psychotic meds to stop the sleepwalking, but I've been on them before and still had my episodes.  My doctor said that most teens grow out of sleepwalking, so I'm holding out hope, but it's a hard thing to cope with in the mean time.
 
Lol, I have some funny sleepwalking stories too.  One time I sat at the table with 4 buttered pieces of toast.  I was holding one piece up to my ear and I insisted that I was talking to my boyfriend on the phone when my dad asked me what the heck I was doing.  He said I carried on a conversation for about an hour!  The whole family said they wished that they had caught it on video so they could send it to America's Funniest Home Videos *eye roll* lol
 
Thanks for the reply,
~Liz
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
PRN meds: Tylonal #3 and Tramadol

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