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    Sometimes called a pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis), these are small intestinal worm parasites that infect the intestines of humans. It is the most common worm parasite infestation of children in the UK. Read more →

    Hi I am 57 and I have been told by my partner and grandchildren, that I snore very loudly. In fact so loud, that he can hear me from down stairs while watching TV. I also have a very disturbed sleep pattern, and wake several times at night. I am always feeling tired too. I don't drink or smoke, please could you advise me on what to do.





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    I am 60 years old. Male. I have just watched pixie snoring issue and I now know I have the same problem and have had it for at least 15 years. Other symptoms include excessive nasal fluid running down my throat and a cartilage growth in my right nostril. My suffers more than I do from disturbed sleep. What should I do?





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    I am 47 years old male. I had a heart attack in 2005 and another in 2009. Since these attacks i have had excessive sweating all over my body especially my torso. I have told my GP but do not seem to be taken seriously. Iam not working since the last attack and dread the thought of working with this condition. I wake up during the night with wet bedding and have tried to sleep in a cold room to no avail. So my nights sleep is constantly disturbed. I have 9 medications listed below: clopidogrel 75mg bisoprolol 2.5mg citalopram 20mg simvastatin 40mg asprin 75mg irbesartan 300mg ramipril 10mg glyceryl trinitrare spray (hardly used) I want to ask for a second opinion from my GP but do not know who to be referred to. Peter





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    I havent slept with anyone since my last partner over 12 months ago, and not long ago I felt two little lumps whilst shaving. I had obviously disturbed what ever it was,and it felt like a fleshy lump,I asked a few friends and they all said it was ingrown hairs and they had suffered the same. Ever since though I have been paranoid,but due to the fact that nothing more had ever appeared or caused me any discomfort I hadn't been to a doctor. As I have now met someone else I feel I could sleep with I'm now paranoid that I'm not healthy down below, so I got the mirror out to check,and just above the entrance to the actual vagina,the skin seems to be a bit on the white side,as its been so long,and I have had no symptoms I can't decide if its still lookin healthy or not! HELP PLEASE!!





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    I once had a big lump, and that lump ended up being just this huge pimple.. I popped it and everything u see in a pimple came out!! Just imagin it 3 times more..

    Hi, I had some dental treatment done a few months ago and I'd noticed my sleeping pattern had been disturbed , if I did sleep I'd have weirded dreams. My mind wasn't resting . This caused me to have headaches , I was feeing very tired and worn out. I'd approached my GP. He prescribed me some sleeping pils. I didn't take them. After about 3 months the problem was getting better, then unfortunately I again needed dental treatment . And again the same problem has occurred. Iv spoken to my dentist he's saying it's highly unlikely it's to do with the treatment. Im more than positive it is.I'm I right?? Can the anaesthetic have caused this to happen?





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    am 18 yrs old, whenever my penis is erecting it bends side ways to the left no pain though but am disturbed is this normal?





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    A lot of dick's have a slight bend when erect. If it does not cause you any pain or discomfort then it is nothing to worry about and does not affect your performance in any way. Rest assured you are perfectly normal and have nothing to worry about. You will find that your partner will maybe not even notice it anyway.

    You should go see a doctor and see what they say.

    I'm a 14 year old white-british female and i sleep a lot in he day. SOMETIMES at night i feel like i am tired but i am not at the same time, and sometimes cannot get to sleep until 5am-6am which is when i have to get up for school. In the daytime i feel sleepy, weather i got to sleep with ease the night before or not, and tend to sleep a lot. My social life is being ruined and i only have a few hours a day with my family. At first i thought it was narcolepsy but i reaserched and the symptoms are similar but not the same. Please could someone tell me whats wrong and how i can prevent it? All help is appreciated, thanks. :]





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    Hi millie, my 37 year old husband has Narcolepsy but we have learnt there are about 80 different types of sleep disorder. You should push your GP for a sleep test where you spend a night or two being monitored in hospital. Hope this helps

    Hi Im Millie aswell , i have had Narcolepsy since i was about 6 or 7 i used to find it really hard to get to sleep but then in the day i was really tired and even falling asleep at school in the day, i dont know exactly how i first got it but the doctors seem to think it was from a virus that attacked my immune system , i also have Cataplexy which is when I laugh my brain thinks its going to sleep , it is definitly worth going to your doctor as i am now on medication that helps with my condition a lot , without taking a lot of it , i am also on medication that helps with sleeping , anyway i hope this might have helped you xx :-)

    Although I'm happy to see the subject publicized, I can't help feeling uneasy with it classified as "embarrassing". As far as I can tell from the descriptions I read so far, there's a wide range of symptoms and some really only relate to being a woman in your late 30's - early 40's. If the symptoms take over your life, then it becomes a problem. I would say there are far more complaints about mood swings or PMS due to hormonal imbalance, aches and pains that make you fear you suffer from a terminal disease, highly disturbed sleep or oversleeping, and doctors who dismiss you with antidepressants, implying that it's all in your mind... Constipation, frequent urge to urinate and vaginal dryness, I never thought of them as too embarrassing, they're so common everyday things for men and women alike, excluding vaginal sensations, which are very common among women and usually nothing to do with STI's. What makes the whole thing embarrassing? Are there women reading this with symptoms that are usually perceived as such? Or feel embarrassed for a diagnosis of Perimenopause? I would like to know your opinions on this. Thank you.





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    You are absolutely spot on! After spending a year seeing an ENT, a Neurologist and a Rheumatologist I was finally diagnosed with perimenopause after my doctor dismissed me as too young at 42 despite telling him that my own mother had totally gone through the menopause by 46. I am astounded by the amount of women of my age being given antidepressants for anxiety when they are probably experiencing hormonal fluctuations. I am definately with you on this, definately not an embarrassing condition but a misunderstood one! Thanks

    Is it normal for sleep walkers/talkers to be fatigued all the time?? My fiance is a chronic sleep walker and talker and has been his whole life... he constantly compains that he is tired all the time which I think may have somethign to do with his sleep walking and talking... any help please??





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    Hi Karen I'm no expert or Doctor but I did post on here a few months ago regarding my own night terrors and I like to pop back every now and then to remind myself - its not just me! I thought I could easily answer your question with a simple yes! Even though he's 'asleep' he's kind of not, as far as I know you're in a mid state of sleep (if you get what I mean) if you read up about it on Google you will find a lot of us night terror people are always tired, same as your fiancé it seems. I think he's in the first stages of sleep (I can't remember what it's called sorry!) I kind of came on here looking for a cure. I've been to the Drs too - she said she would look into it and call me (she never did) she said she had never even heard of this problem before. So I can't advise you on how to help him and again the Internet isn't much use I have found and believe you me I have trawled through website after website without finding anything if any help. Just wanted to say that yes he's probably fatigued due to the sleep walking. I hope this helps! Lauren x

    Hiya when I'm a sleep I talk and sleep walk and I moan and scream and snore and when I walk up I don't no I done it I get told by my mum is they anything anyone can do about it because it annoys other people in the house.

    I had snoring issues and had my self tested, I found the results frightening. essentially my blood oxygen level drops by 60% when I sleep. I am now on cpap but I am now terrified to go to sleep. and rarely manage more than 5 hours of broken sleep. I hate the idea of anyone seeing me like this. I am Darth Vader. I would really just like to know if there is another way. getting drunk is not an option.





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    I would rather sleep next to someone with a mask and the quiet humm of a CPAP machine then loud obnoxious snoring that wakes me up!

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    I have had night sweats for a year now, and disturbed sleep. I am 41 and believe it is peri menopausal symptoms, how can I stop these and get my sleep back? Also suffer mood swings and panic attacks and frequent urination..





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    Hi, I have been sufferring with itching, for a few years now. Its stopped temporarily but now its only on the left labia and part of the surrouding area. Its at its worst at night, this leads to a very disturbed sleep pattern, I must sleep barley 3-4 hours most nights. Please help





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    iam 25 and can sleep for england i have disturbed sleep some night and it takes me ages to fall asleep everytime i go doctors they tell me am fine but clearly am not, i go to bed about ten ish and wake up just before lunch all day i will be so tierd that sometimes i can just go back to bed i have also for the last two yrs suffered from tension headaces i have them everyday am really starting to get down about it as my doctors dont take any notice of my concerns someone help me





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    i am 23 and i have the same problems i go to bed at about 10pm but i have to force myself to stay awake and due to work have to get up about 8am but i really struggle to get up! im so tired all the time i affects me at work with my concentration! its really frustrating for me and my partner as i just carnt stay awake! i also get alot of headaches too! i have been to see a few doctors about this and they just dont seem interested in my problems! if anyone have any answers please help!

    hi my husband snores really badly. its tearing our marriage apart ! because either i get no sleep and get up in the morning hating him or we end up in seperate beds which is making us grow apart please help as we're to the point where i want to divorce him. i have a 7 month old baby too so thats even more disturbed sleep. is there anything i can buy at the chemist that will work ? i was looking at a silver ring that is placed on the little finger that is supposed to work it was quite expensive though can you tell me do they work ? if not what will ? please help.





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    I am 62 years old and healthy. For as long as I can remember have suffered from intense itching on my lowere outer labia. There is no discharge or odour. Over the counter preparations specifically for this problem do not help. My sleep is disturbed and the itching has been so severe that I have been known to break the skin inmy sleep. Piriton does help but can't keep taking this. I never use bath products, usually shower & wear cotton pants. Help





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    hi im 18 i have disturbed sleeps every night waking up about 5 times that i remember, i have been told i talk in my sleep and also sometimes sleep walk. i wake up and i am still tired or if i am not tired in 2 hours i am tired again. i drink plenty of water have a healthy diet, i have been to the doctors been tested for diabetes and anemia. i am mostly angry and upset most days dure to this. i also get really bad tension headaches which could last for 2 days and make me sick. is there anything i can do to make this go away?





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    Hi, im worried about the size of my labia. it has made me suffer anxiety and depression all my life, it causes me pain in every day life and especially during intercourse. I have problems with thrush, BV and water infections on a regular basis. It causes me to have disturbed sleep and im so embarrased. Can anybody help me?





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    I have been having night terrors since I was very young. I am 24 now and live with my boyfriend who is finding my problem annoying as it disturbs his sleep! Sometimes I can remember what I dream about usually someone in the room trying to hurt me other times I have no idea and my boyfriend will wake me which is a horrible feeling as my my heart is racing and feels like its coming through my chest!I can have a small conversation or have a full on screaming fit and jump out of bed to find the light. I spoke with my doctor who says its common and is stress related. He said to sleep with the window open and not to watch tele in bed none of this works!! Im so tired from disturbed nights I feel like freak!





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    I'm so glad there are others who have this (in the least selfish way). I have been having night terrors since I was little but are more aware of them now that I am sharing a bed with my fiancé. The main thing for me is spiders and bugs EVERYWHERE but have had different ones involving a man floating above me and my fiancé leaving me. I too am a happy person although I work a lot, I have 3 jobs and I feel tired a lot, whether it's disturbed sleep or working a lot or a combination of both I don't know. I am more worried recently as I have physically grabbed my fiancé and I would hate too properly hurt him. The first few terrors I had around my fiancé I used to be terrified and would have to cuddled and calmed down but now I tend to fall straight back to sleep leaving him confused. Please tell me these will stop?!





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    I'm not sure if I'm correct but it could be the way you sleep. I fall into sleep paralysis sometimes, I'm not sure if you know what that is but it's when you are dreaming while being awake kind of like hilucinating and this happens when you sleep on your back so maybe if you change the position you sleep in to a more comfortable relaxing one it will slim your episodes of night terrors.

    As a passionate animal welfare advocate I'm worried about the ethical aspects of HRT and how it is obtained, however my hot flushes are driving me mad at aged 55. My sleep is constantly disturbed and the sweating is rather embarrassing whilst at work. The prospect of years of this is rather daunting. Is there an ethical solution please? Common remedies have not helped at all.





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    I am 40 have been on HRT for 6 + years but have had the menopause symptoms for about 15yrs, it is good that I don't seem to have as many hot sweats but I am still feeling very tired,disturbed nights sleep, weight still goes up and down, memory I don't think is as good as it should be, but the main problem is being so tired can you help, I do have other problems, I am a paraplegic with a Urostomy, I also think I have stones, but waiting to get this checked, and I am on lost of medication.





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    Hello Frances. Not actually having a go at you personally. In fact kinda slightly disturbed that you took it so personally, but re-reading the post I can understand that you did so. I was also disturbed by your familys' reaction to this. I have had some experience of this when a family found out their son was gay. As a trusted friend I was able to point out to them that the person they were talking to is the same person they were talking to before he "came out" and that nothing had changed in the real world. Luckily this worked and he is fully accepted by his family. But beliefs are so hard to overcome and (more on topic for this site) it's hard to convince a lot of the women on this site that they realy don't have to worry what their vulva looks like. Its the belief structures (for want of a better term) that probably cause you the most problems and is the reason I need counselling. Did I just turn my problems into your problems! I just hope I make sense to someone.

    There are many different reasons why people bed wet, but it is often to do with brain training. We are using a bed mat alarm with our daughter, which is teaching her brain to wake up when she starts wetting. Over time her brain will pick up that it needs to wake up BEFORE she wets and eventually the brain reduces the amount of urine so that her sleep is no longer disturbed. Desmotabs are a synthetic hormone that help to reduce the amount of urine, treating a symptom rather then curing. However for some people, this hormone is not produced and can work. Good luck, and don't give up!





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    Its normal. I have been having the same issue dont really get disturbed





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    I'm not sure if I'm correct but it could be the way you sleep. I fall into sleep paralysis sometimes, I'm not sure if you know what that is but it's when you are dreaming while being awake kind of like hilucinating and this happens when you sleep on your back so maybe if you change the position you sleep in to a more comfortable relaxing one it will slim your episodes of night terrors.

    hi, i have some spots on my vagina and im 15 years old and very disturbed by it, i dont know what it is or how to get rid of it, i cant tell anyone not even my parents, please help me :(





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    I think everyone gets spots like that from time to time, they should go on their own, but if they don't or they become sore/hurt you should tell a doctor.

    I am 38 years old and I am not sure what is going on with me. For the past 6 month or so I have episodes in my sleep where I wake up yelling for my husband to help me then I swallow a lot but I don't remember any of it ever.. but I can tell when I've had them because I am tired the next day..I've been to several doctors they say its anxiety or a panic attack .. I went for a sleep test they said I have a little bit of sleep apnea I had an attack while I was at the sleep clinic they said it happend in the realm of sleep where you start to dream but I don't remember it ever.. I feel funny almost every day. . I just want to be me again... :(





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    when i eventually go to sleep i sleep for 3 hours at most and my body will jerk and bad nightmares that scare me so much i wake myself up and when trying to go back to sleep its same nightmare so i stay awake how get i get help as i have ask doctor for sleeping pills he says i cant give u them cos they are a class A drug i have had sleep problems since i was a little girl and im still suffering how can i get help for this





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    Hi, I'm going to say that it sounds like it could possibly be a symptom of depression (but you'll need to go to your GP to get this checked properly). However, I have a similar problem known as delayed sleep syndrome: I do not get to sleep until around 5-7 am daily and this is my natural sleep pattern. My neurologist told me that I have one of the worst cases ever recorded and am currently being put under study. I am also allergic to melatonin and will not wake up until about 3-4 pm if I sleep at all (I tend to go days without sleep, my longest being 6 nights). I have also been told that I have a deranged sleep pattern - this could apply to you too I guess? It is a serious condition that you should probably look into getting checked as well. You could also be suffering from anxiety. I know this response is over a year late but I thought it would be useful to others.

    I don't think this sounds like a sleep attack. I have narcolepsy and diagnosis is via a sleep study. If it is beyind normal sleep will the doctor send him for a sleep study?

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