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Fatal Familial Insomnia  

2011-06-15 11:37:26|  分类: Fatal Familial I |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Rarely, some people do suffer from a sleep disorder called fatal familial insomnia, wherein a person cannot sleep and thus develops insomnia of a severe type. This insomnia has been affecting people without any notice. It occurs often in the middle aged group and records show it is more common at age 50. Fatal familial insomnia is a genetic type of disease. If you have this condition your children will have a fifty percent (50%) possibility of developing the disease.

 

The soul origin or the mechanism of the disease is due to the mutation of a gene. Later on this develops into a prion disease, wherein its nature is related to the “mad cow disease” or Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and a laughing disease called “kuru” which is commonly found in tribes that are cannibals, located in New Guinea, and also Alzheimer’s disease. The prions are related to the nature of specific protein molecules that has the ability to induce death.

The discovery of fatal familial insomnia dates back only 10 years ago and was known only that time as a different kind of disease because its symptoms resemble many other diseases such as the encephalitis, end-stage alcoholism, dementia, and others. Its main symptom is the sleeplessness itself which in turn resulting to symptoms of increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, hyper production of sweats, the motor function is disturbed resulting to faulty coordination of mobility. Its cause have been said to be from transmissible from airborne transmission.

Fatal familial insomnia’s is manifested in four stages. The first stage has symptoms include of sleeplessness of a sudden onset, panic attacks, phobias, and the duration is four (4) months. Next stage is wherein the person experiences lack of sleep and inability to catch up for the lacking hours of sleep. The symptoms in the first stage worsen and a new symptom, that is hallucination or false belief (either visual or auditory), and the duration of more than five (5) months. Then manifestations of weight loss occurring rapidly, diminished mental performance, and the total insomnia with the duration of three months falls under third stage. Finally, the fourth stage is wherein the patient is suffering under the condition of dementia and of inability to respond with the duration of six months. Then the patient eventually dies with death due to total sleeplessness and progression into coma.

But the difference with dementia alone and with the dementia associated with fatal familial insomnia is that the patient is fully aware of what he or she is undergoing.

Now with the advancement in technology, science has found its way to diagnosing the fatal familial insomnia However, there is still no cure for it, only symptomatic managements are given.

It is best for someone who cannot sleep to consult a medical physician right away for further evaluation and prompt management. Suffering from the fatal familial insomnia is indeed a terrible experience since there is no cure yet, and the condition makes the sufferer in long agony

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