This is probably by far one of the rarest types of sleeping disorders around. This is an inherited disorder that has only been located in 28 families internationally that have the dominant gene for it. The offspring of a parent(s) of producing the condition is about 50% and there is no cure for this. The age of onset is around the ages between 30 and 60 and the disorder’s time frame runs between 7 to 18 months. This disease has 4 stages that it experiences and 1st stage of the ailment starts off with the sufferer treating increased insomnia resulting in severe panic attacks, and various sorts of phobias, this stage lasts about 4 months, 2nd stage sufferer handles hallucinations and panic attacks become more obvious and lasts about 5 months, 3rd stage Complete and total wherewithal to sleep. And follows with drastic weight loss and lasts about 3 months, 4th stage Dementia sets in and progressively becoming irresponsive and mute over a course of 6 months and this is the final progression of the ailment.
This sounds a lot like Alzheimer’s because if you notice the time frame it’s a lot less shorter than the actual time span of somebody who deals with Alzheimer’s because the sufferer is addressing it for several years in place of every twelve months where the ailment progressively degenerates the mental capacity to such a degree that the sufferer has a difficult time with memory.
As far as treatment is involved sleeping pills don’t have any effect for people suffering from Fatal Familial Insomnia and not even non-medicinal therapy does not work either. Medical science has no idea why it’s a fatal disease and how they can create effective remedy options to combat this issue. And more efficient genetic testing for diseases that are inherited to determine what can be done medicinally and therapeutically to deal with this sleeping condition.
It’s a matter of how much attention the medical world takes note of this and pushes the funding to finding a remedy and effective genetic testing of homes and tracking diseases through successive generations to be in a position to have some kind of record of the ailment passing down through generations or skipping generations which is what some diseases have done in some families when you’ve got a disposition for certain matters.
This doesn’t get nearly as much attention as all the other sleeping disorders because of it being rare, and only turning up in lots of people and births making it not rare enough for it to get the recognition as regular insomnia and to be in line for the remedies. That are presently around to help those 60 million people who are handling some sort of sleeping complaint(s).
With the way medicine is going it will be a matter of time before medical science catches up and helps the many individuals who are searching for a remedy of being deprived of a restful night’s sleep. The moment a cure is found is one more person who will be helped to have a good night’s rest.
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