Strange rhythmic feeling before sleep...

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/28/2006 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have asked a couple of doctors about this, but I'm still without answers. Anyway, here goes.
Every other day or so, I get a strange rhythm in my body before sleeping. It's not my heart, but I think it has something to do with the vascular system. I'll be lying in bed for about 15 mins or so and it begins. It starts in my legs first. It's a kind of pulsating feeling that begins gently, gradually increases and spreads to my whole body. The pulsations travel up and down the length of my body. It usually lasts for about 30 seconds. When it reaches its peak it has an effect on my heart causing palpitations, then it subsides and I can go to sleep.
When this first happened I thought it was an earthquake (i live in one of those regions). I woke my wife and told her "earthquake!" She woke up and said there wasn't one, so I just went to sleep. The next night it happened again. This time, I thought it was my wife shaking the bed, but it wasn't. Also, I lifted my hand to see if it was shaking and it wasn't, but the weird rhythm was still there.
As I know, the vascular system responds to the heartbeat by contracting and relaxing to cope with the pressure changes when the heart beats and recovers. I'm wondering if this system can get out of sync or spasm causing these symptoms.
One doctor suggested it may be muscle spasm, but my muscles are totally relaxed during each episode.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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   Posted 6/5/2006 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   


               Well, for what it's worth there's an extra bit of info.

I can minimize the problem if I flex my muscles at diagonally opposite sides of my body, i.e. left leg + right arm and vice versa.

If I squeeze my right hand into a fist, I get a strong pulse on the inside of my left elbow. Figure that out. I can't.

I know. This all sounds weird, but it's also very disturbing. I have to go through this every night at the moment and it's stopping me from sleeping.

I wonder if this is the right forum...?


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   Posted 6/5/2006 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,  It does seem odd...It could be a spasm or spasticity of the muscles.  I have MS and have alot of spasms and often it can happen when they are even relaxed.  Or perhaps anxiety?  I dont know... It only happens at night when your in bed relaxed right before your ready to go to sleep?  That is strange...


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