Does anyone scream yourself awake, just as you drift off?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by RicksChic, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. RicksChic

    RicksChic New Member

    Only recently, I've begun screaming in horror just after drifting off. Sometimes I cry, as if I just saw somthing terrible. It happens over and over, until I just get up. It takes so much out of me. It's involuntary screaming...sometimes I'm awake quick enough, but cannot stop the scream from happening.

    PLEASE...someone me with this

    Kim
  2. supergirl99

    supergirl99 New Member

    it sounds really frightening. I don't have this (thankfully), could it be anxiety? Have you tried relaxation techniques/cd's? It may help.

    Hope you get it sorted
    x
  3. mosherpit

    mosherpit New Member

    when this happens? I know it happens to me fairly frequently and fortunately my husband will wake me up and "save" me from whatever was scaring me in my dream.

    It is an awful feeling though, it is like you really were in danger and takes a while to "calm" down and go back to sleep.

    I never really thought about it being related to the Fibro though...
  4. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    Could it be a side effect of your meds?
    Have you had a sleep study done?
    Hope this disappears soon!
    Mini
  5. s--raquel

    s--raquel New Member

    Kim,
    I have had a similar problem off and on in the past...
    Mine was diagnosed as night terrors.(sp?) These are like
    nightmares, but you can't wake yourself up during them...
    They mostly happen in early childhood...and children don't remember what they have had the nightmare about...

    I was in my mid twentys when I started having them...
    I would fall "half-way" asleep...could hear what was going
    on around me...but would be COMPLETELY UNABLE TO MOVE !!!
    During this time, I would hear horrible sounds or see awful
    things running thru my mind(Vivid and graphic and scary!!!)

    While I was trying to wake myself up, I felt unable to move
    or speak or even breath at times...
    my husband found me screaming and would try to wake me up...

    so mine seem different than what children have as "night
    terrors...But my dr. said that's what they are...
    stress might be a cause at times, but more likely my brain
    chemicals are out of wack and messing with my sleep...I've
    tried to pin-point what the triggers are(Because they are
    HORRIBLE! don't want to trigger them again ever...!!)but
    no luck so far....
    hope this helped...sorry so longggggg...
    raquel
  6. mrdad

    mrdad New Member


    I will have "body jolts" just as I'm drifting off to sleep
    but don't know what causes those either. I think they are
    fairly common to many on the Board.

    Have you had a change in Meds or added any to your pro-
    tocol?? Sometimes I wonder oft times if the Meds can be
    as much of a hinderance as a help depending on the In-
    diviual or the circumstance.

    Glad though that you seem to have a supportive relation-
    ship. Hope you can figure this out, but if it is a new
    event I'd try to trace things back to what you are now
    doing differently.

    Best wishes,
    MRDAD
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    posted on this. I wonder where those vanishing posts go. Must be some special electronic black hole.
  8. RicksChic

    RicksChic New Member

    Thank you all that responded. Well, the screaming is under control. I started back on my Ambien...I had been out for several days because I couldn't affort the refill yet. But, I don't know if I was screaming as a result of withdrawal from the Ambien, or if the Ambien has just been controlling the sreaming. Either way, I'll buy the Ambien before food, if I'm in that predicament again!!!! I didn't think I would have withdrawal symptoms since I take Kadian(a timed release morphine). If the Pharmacist on here reads this...would you know? Or anyone else that has learned this?

    Thank you all for your support. I've been reading the boards for a long time, but never really participated. I wish I had...it really helps. I tried to find a support group nearby, but living in such a small town, there are none. Small to me, anyway. I lived in Cincinnati until 2 years ago. Now I'm in Follansbee, WV. A rocks throw from Steubenville, OH (where Dean Martin is from).

    Kim
  9. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    That use to happen to me all the time; I should say it happened to my husband. He thought the neighbors would think he was killing me or it was domestic abuse or worse. I think you were right about the brain chemicals being down. With the Ambien I stopped that behavior immediately. I was still having bad dreams so the Dr. put me on Nortryptilene and that was successful. I did have a reason though, in 1982 a man on parole broke into my house and tried to kill me. When I was falling asleep, I could just see him step out from the laundry room with a nylon hose over his head.