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Can MBS manifest during sleep?

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by DWA, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. DWA

    DWA New Member

    All of this is new to me. Just found this resource. It is all fascinating, but I'm not sure it applies to me. I've ordered Dr. Sarno's book, and have spent countless hours studying up the last week, but I am curious what more experienced folks think of my "case". I have no chronic pain per se, but about 9 years ago, in my early 40's, I developed my first symptoms of what was eventually diagnosed as Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy (Lots of tests, but no known cause). Essentially, the nerves in my feet are slowly dying off causing numbness and general uncomfortable feelings. The progression is slow and steady and I have two failed EMG's so I guess there is no chance this condition is MBS related. That said, as it worsens and impacts my quality of life I have begun to obsess about finding a cause or a cure for it. This creates a syndrome of googling symptoms, researching, and creating anxiety, depression, fear etc. These "flares" are self created I believe, classic MBS I now think. I've had a few of these spin-outs over the last couple years as the condition worsens. I am in one now that I wonder if it is MBS created or an actual progression of my disease. Three weeks ago, out of nowhere, my hands began to go numb in my sleep. This has never happened before to me, my Neurologist thought maybe a non related carpel tunnel situation, but that has since been ruled out. I am anxious about all of this, and in a bad cycle, but I can't break out of it. Since the first night, it has been multiple episodes of numbness in one or both hands each night and it happens quickly after falling asleep. Getting back to sleep is near impossible with all the fear/anxiety. No problems with my hands during the day. Once awake, shaking and clenching my hands moves some blood and quickly resolves the numbness. My question: Can the fear/anxiety cycle that I am currently in (MBS) be working subconsciously in my sleep and causing these hand related symptoms? Every night? Has anyone else had MBS related symptoms that manifested during sleep? Thanks.
  2. HattieNC

    HattieNC Well known member

    Hi and Welcome DWA!

    You will find a lot of information about various forms of neuropathy on this forum along with success stories. For almost two years, I had burning/shooting/pains and numbness in my feet and toes. I had an EMG that diagnosed me with Peripheral Neuropathy of unknown cause. The doctor wanted me to take Gabapentin, but after I read the side effects I decided it wasn't for me.

    It turned out that mine was TMS and it went away once I started practicing TMS techniques. I was also cured of carpal tunnel. Here's a link to a thread on this forum that you might find beneficial. Please don't give up hope!
    http://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/beginning-to-think-that-neuropathy-is-the-new-back-pain.18667/ (Beginning to think that neuropathy is the new back pain)
  3. DWA

    DWA New Member

    Thank you for your response and posting the link. I had found that thread a few days ago and it did offer some hope. Unfortunately my symptoms have been slow and steadily progressive (they don't come and go and they are never better or worse during a day). Two separate Boston Area Neurologists performed EMG's and both showed moderate to severe Polyneuropathy in my lower legs and feet. There is no cure for IPN. That said, I recognize MBS related symptoms when I obsess about it and that causes the secondary "flares". Learning to control them through MBS training is now my goal. Incidently, I tried Gabapentin too on the advice of my Doctor and it did nothing for me. I have tried everything, but presently take nothing for the numbness/discomfort. Again, thanks for the encouragement...

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