Being around this woman felt like he was attending a meeting, by the ringing of cell phones must be turned off. British women are experiencing a strange syndrome that left him paralyzed suddenly heard the sound every time the phone rang.
For Caitlin Wallace (26 years), the sound of ringing phones can surprise him and experience an unwanted reaction. Each time feel surprised, facial muscles, legs and eventually the entire body was paralyzed for a few minutes later.
In conditions of collapse or paralysis, Wallace could still hear the sound but could not speak or see. Level of paralysis depends on the level of surprise, but the most severe level it is almost like someone in a coma.
Women from Liverpool was first experienced the sudden paralyzed attack in February 2010, when suddenly he fell and did not move. Her husband, John (35 years) thought him a stroke, then took him to the James Cook University Hospital.
The doctor did a scan with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but did not find any damage to the blood vessels around the brain. Wallace eventually was referred to a neurologist, and he also diagnosed a neurological disorder called cataplexy.
This disorder causes muscle paralysis, with different triggers. There can be recurrent with laughter, anger and fear, but in the case of Wallace’s surprise, including the trigger was heard suddenly the phone or meet old friends.
“I could collapse just because my phone rang. A few months ago I also recur in the supermarket when suddenly met an old friend who has 5 years of nothing doing,” said Wallace, as quoted from Dailymail.
In addition to suffering from cataplexy, Wallase also diagnosed with narcolepsy.Abnormalities of the latter is more associated with sleep habits, which makes Wallace could easily fall asleep at inappropriate times such as during eating.
Dr Paul Reading, a consultant neurologist from James Cook University Hospital said that in general, cataplexy and narcolepsy are interconnected. Cataplexy usually are only found in people diagnosed with narcolepsy.
“People with the disorder narcolepsy lack a compound in the brain that regulates sleep cycles, so that person can fall asleep at any time. Cataplexy narcolepsy was found only in people and can be triggered by many things such as emotion, shock and sometimes anger or frustration,” explains Dr. Reading.
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