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    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Read more →

    I'm 42 yrs old & since i was 17 I've suffered periodically from psychosis and have been prescribed chlorpromazine, olanzapine, quetiapine, and am currently taking risperidone. my symptoms are hallucinations in my peripheral vision, paranoia, audio hallucinations, constant anxiety, fear & suspiscion. my moods are erratic and extreme. And at times I'm so manic that I'm climbing the walls & too hectic for people to deal with. my problem is i can't seem to find the right anti psychotic meds that work without causing Parkinsonism, muscle/joint stiffness & pain and my limb coordination is getting pretty poor now. i can be completely sober and will stagger like I'm drunk. I've spoken to gp's & psychiatric doctors & get nowhere. it feels like I'm being fobbed off, ignored & made to feel that my side effects are just imaginary. please can there be any alternative treatments that work without making me feel worse. thank you all. peace...





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    HI , ive had a similar problem with the same diagnosis , medication after medication appointment after appointment and all dead ends. no difference in my mental health and no explanation from any health professional , scary to think gp's and doctors don't have the slightest concern , any advice would be really great.

    I am a 25 year old female and have suffered with stress/anxiety and insomnia on and off for the last 5 years. I have recently been prescribed propranolol for the 2nd time from my GP which i am refusing to take as on several occasions it has given me strong palpitations. I was also prescribed Zopiclone to help me sleep (7.5mg) - this is also the 2nd time i have been prescribed this and it worked wonders the 1st time. This time it worked for 2 weeks or so until i started waking suddenly in the night screaming/shouting with no recollection why. This wasnt much of a problem so i carried on taking them, until i suffered hallucinations recently. I woke at around 4am to see a man in a white coat stood at my bedroom door, as i moved closer he faded away but had the face of my late grandad... i then saw in the hallway an lady with a big head dress floating up and down and turning to look at me. Although this doesnt sound scary i found it so disturbing i darent continue taking the Zopiclone incase it happens again. Has anyone else suffered hallucinations from Zopiclone?





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    Hi i am 27 and just started getting pannic and anxity attacks i have also been prescribed propranolol 80 mg and i have been getting sweet's cold hand's and feet sore head's dizzy ect i am goin to my doc's tomorrow to see if he can take me of them as they are doing me no good i yet have not been prescribed zopiclone i get diazapan 5 mg to help me sleep they do the job am sorry i cant answer the question for u but i no not to get them from my doctor.

    Hello, I am 13 and I think I might have some mental health problems. A year ago I was suicidal, and self harmed a few times on my waist. The harm was quite bad, leaving scars for a few weeks however since this was a year ago I don't know if I should tell anyone about it. On the NHS website I have roughly a third of the symptoms of anorexia and a few of bulimia. I have very low self esteem which affects me and makes me feel really down. I have a few symptoms of schizophrenia, like auditory hallucinations, mood swings and my way of thinking. I have no idea what to do, I can't tell my parents, I honestly think I have a problem.





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    Hello, I am 13 and I think I might have some mental health problems. A year ago I was suicidal, and self harmed a few times on my waist. The harm was quite bad, leaving scars for a few weeks however since this was a year ago I don't know if I should tell anyone about it. On the NHS website I have roughly a third of the symptoms of anorexia and a few of bulimia. I have very low self esteem which affects me and makes me feel really down. I have a few symptoms of schizophrenia, like auditory hallucinations, mood swings and my way of thinking. I have no idea what to do, I can't tell my parents, I honestly think I have a problem.





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    I am 21 years old and recently have been feeling tired all day long from the moment I wake up to the minute I go to bed. I am going to sleep usually by 10 at night and wake up around 6 so get roughly 8 hours sleep a night, but cannot stop yawning or have the energy to do anything. I also suffer with hallucinations on waking up, seeing figures in my bedroom and on occasions see figures laying in bed with me. The figures are often scary and disturbing like something out of a horror movie. I have seen that these can be symptoms or narcolepsy. I suffered with severe depression 2 years a go and also suffer with migraines which I take propranolol (beta blockers) for. Do you think this could be narcolepsy or something else, or am I just being silly?





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    I would say these are definite signs of possible narcolepsy & would suggest you ask your GP to refer you to a sleep centre/clinic for tests, My 1st symptom which I had for a long time prior to diagnosis was sleep paralysis with hallucinations but on going to sleep, only once when waking, i never thought about it too much until now really but as a child & adult, I've always been able to close my eyes & be out like a light, I used to think this was cool when I was younger when I had an event or something to do which I couldn't wait for so I'd go to sleep to make the time pass quicker lol!! It was always said & I agreed that I happened to just love sleep but now I can see where narcolepsy was lurking in the background, at 23 when the sleep paralysis appeared & stayed , I was going through a very stressful time as my mum had left my dad & it happened to be 6 weeks prior to me getting married & I then began to suffer from panic attacks & depression & was given propranolol which were a god send 😊 no 2 narcoleptics are the same & we all have varying experiences but I would firstly say you are definitely not being silly & you should visit your GP to discuss being referred, it was a good 10 yrs from the sleep paralysis appearing to then have mild symptoms of cataplexy which over time increased to severe attacks but lastly of all, the tiredness began but again slowly & mildly over time to become more severe, hope this helps & good luck xx

    I am 23 year old women and have been suffering panic attacks, and anxiety for nearly 7 years. As it got worse each year, I have been suffering stress and depression when I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome), I lost weight, suffered depression GP prescribed me anti-depressed tablet and it made me even worse and now I am diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - with painful migraines, multi-sensory hallucinations, memory-loss, fearful thinking and trouble communicating and concentrating. Currently, I am taking medication (my GP prescribed me an epilepsy tablet)and it's making me even worse - side effects. Now I dont know what do anymore, it seems like no-one can help me, as I asked for help and one is not listening me nor understand me. I have seem my GP so many times and I have seem my neuologist twice, told me I should take one of the epilepsy tablets and if it does not work, I should try another one- so another words "try an error". I totally upset (low self-esteem, and confident), I dont know what to do, and it seem like my life is over because it is effecting my education, my piano studies, and my future career . I have done everything I could think of, especially acupuncture and herbal pills, and it does not help my problem even though it does not harm me at all. I have heard and know that this epilepsy problem cannot be cured at all, but if I need to cope with this, I would like to know how. Please help me what should I do?





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    Im oly 13 but i have the same sort of problem as you. i get alot of panic attacks, i get depressed easily and i also have the migrains which cause me to get a really bad head ache then i cant feel my body and cant move it in any way and my speach gets slurred then im sick a few times? . i am also often down and i dont like meeting new people as i get paranoid that they will hate me. and im also at the moment not eating as i hate my body and ive deleted all pictures of myself and cant look in the mirror without breaking into tears? your the first person who it seems to have a similar problem to me and i wondered if it is anything like what you exsperance only its really effecting my school work as i cant consentrate in lessons because i get destracted and my eyes keep dieing and i get really tired? please can you help?

    Arinola, i'm so sorry to hear that you have all this to deal with and feel like no one can help. it really does sound to me like the medication you have been trying does not suit you. Perhaps you need to speak to someone as well as looking into different medication (you know better than anyone if the medication doesn't suit you, so fight your corner). you could look into speaking to a counsellor (which with your GP's support should be arranged for you, also look online for local NHS mental health groups or charities such as mind to help you) I myself suffer from depression and had high levels of anxiety, weight loss, bad sleep, trouble concentrating or even getting out of bed and negative thinking, the list goes on and it was all tied in together- physical symptoms that came from my mental and emotional health issues. i tried medication, it didn't seem to be working for very long and therefore i went to my GP many times, I was persistant, when i felt that a particular doctor didn't understand or perhaps was not as sympathetic or helpful i politely asked the receptionist to see if i could speak to a different doctor. anyway to cut a long story short, my medication was increased, but this alone wasn't enough. for certain symptoms to stop and improve i needed to speak to someone who understood, the person i spoke to gave me coping strategies and really listened to me. they helped me to really understand the condition, why particular things were happening and what i could do myself to make things better. I would recommend counselling or CBT - cognitive behaviour therapy. I cannot sing its merits enough, i very very rarely have panic attacks now, and slowly but surely i feel like i'm getting my life back on track, and i'm finding the real me again, able to enjoy life! I wish you the very best of luck Arinola, keep fighting to find what works for you and remember you are never alone, if there's no one close that understands there are professionals out there and your average joes posting things like this online that do understand. take care

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    I also have asthma as well as a heart murmur. I don't always take my medication but last night I did take montelukast for asthma and had one of my most frightening hallucinations within 2 hours of taking the tablet. If anyone takes Prednisone in acute cases of asthma, many people find that they suffer very broken sleep, night sweats and hallucinations while they are taking it. I had a bad reaction to it the last time it was prescribed and have had hives ever since (4 years now!). But I didn't have asthma as a child and didn't know I had a heart murmur until 4 years ago yet have always suffered hallucinations.

    This is very much what I get too. I suffer from hallucinations and sleep paralysis and have done since I was tiny. I have noticed that if I lie on my back this is when I have the worst and most frightening hallucinations. Last night I saw a woman and a man coming towards me on either side of me and it terrified me. I screamed so much that I have a sore throat today. I had to sleep with the light on. It is nearly always people that I see and particularly faces but never anyone recognisable. Sometimes they look at me in a curious way but other times they are menacing. I am beginning to wonder if they are actually real as my hair was cut in my sleep the other day and once when I was little my parents found me on top of a high mantelpiece and had no explanation for how I could have got up there on my own!

    Have you tried taking Parlodel? I didn't have much luck with it, but it is an option. Many people react differently to it than others. I had hallucinations and nausea on the pill, but I am now using Dostinex, which makes me just as nauseas. I would try to avoid surgery as much as possible. Their techniques are nearly flawless, but there is always a risk... Take care and good luck!

    I've been waking up to a man standing over me. Scares me to death!!! I did sleep walk as a child. I had this experience a few months back also. I'm on Cyclobenzaprine, which is a muscle relaxer. My doctors told me I'm having hallucinations from the medicine. I was just wondering if any of the other people posting are on any type of medicine that may cause hallucination??? Just a thought.

    i have had surgery for mouth cancer and also radiotherapy it has left my face disfigured and have extensive nerve damage i have hallucinations inside my mouth feeling all different things like flowers ,dead bodies ,maggots rolls of carpet trains running round tracks all in my mouth i cant eat solid food i am suicidal with pain have seen numerous doctors but none of them have an answer for me has anyone else experienced the same .





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    My doctor diagnosed me with schizophrenia even though I'm 16. I've no hallucinations but I do have a very fixated "delusion" which I don't want to tell. I'm pretty sure he has a wrong diagnosis and would like for him to re-diagnose me. I've seen about 8 or 10 counselors/psychologists and 5 psychiatrist's. Im beginning to not trust my doctor now, like all the others I've seen. The last person I saw I thought wanted me dead and so even though I don't believe it anymore I don't want to change the doctor I have now incase I come across another bad doctor. The doctor I have now has been good...at least until now. And so I'm not sure what I can do but I do not accept the diagnosis of schizophrenia.





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    It does sound a bit like schizophrenia - paranoia that people are out to get you, trust issues - classic symptoms. When you're first diagnosed with something that troubles you, you'll probably deny the diagnosis because of some sort of stigma associated with that illness. I urge you to trust your doctors - they have a medical degree and really know their stuff, and I highly doubt they want you dead. My father is schizophrenic, so I know a lot about the illness.

    See a counsellor but do not mention the previous diagnosis. The problem of mentioning a previous diagnosis is people will naturally assume you are in 'denial' if you deny having the disorder, even if it is the case that you do not actually have it. The counsellor will help with whatever causes the behaviour or belief that a previous doctor saw as a 'delusion'. Maybe he/she will come up with a different diagnosis than schizophrenia or avoid using diagnostic terms all together. I recommend a clinical psychologist.

    I have been doing part time work in 2011 I feel that I have recovered significantly to look for full time work I am no longer anxious or scared or nervous I don't have any delusions or voices in my head and I don't have hallucinations. I am very positive at the moment and really want to get my life back on track and forget the past and come off state benefits. I still take my medicine but which is wise because I don't want to relapse, I function well in the autonomy of life, when I told my GP that I was normal again he said that normal can't be defined because everyone is different. Thanks.

    My son is 10 years old and has been suffering with severe migraines every 6 weeks for the past 3 years. he has been taking Propranolol for 3months but not had any change. At the moment he has small warning signs that he`s about to start with one. He forgets who he is for a few moments r becomes vacant. He has also been rushed into hospital as he had hallucinations and passed out. He was also confused about who he was where he was and who I was (mum). he takes 10mg imigran 1 as soon as it starts then 2nd dose 1 hour later. He takes 2-3 days off school each time. We have been to the GP peadiatrician and a apecialist at the London Migrain Clinic but nothing at the moment is really helping!!!!





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    Does this sound like Paranoid Schizophrenia: For as long as I can remember I have had voices in my head some saying mischievous but harmless things, some dark things. I have anger issues, I get angry very easily which I have an urge to get violent and I get episodes of severe paranoia which I believe everyone is out to get me. I'm getting a HIV test soon and I've been getting worried about it and the Voices and paranoia have almost quadrupled in frequency and intensity plus I've been getting visual hallucinations. I've been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at three but I've heard that Schizophrenia can co-exist with Aspergers. If anyone can give any advice it'll be a great help.





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    Its not schizophrenia if you had schizophrenia it would be constant

    Sometimes Doctors will not have the time orr the right questions for an accurate diagnosis. For example mine is is under the general label of 'psychotic disorder'. The voices may be the result of some psychological problem, Your anger issues could be the stress of the voices etc, mood swings could possibly be similar to Bi-Polar. I would suggest visit your Gp and explain clearly your.symptoms , and ask for a referral to your nearest Mental Healthteamareceive the treatment that can help ease your mind. Persistence may be necessary as, of course it's hard to convince them that the issues may only be in the mpind, but they still feel and seem very real. An alternative / supplementng like psycho -therapy. I did for 2 years

    im 22 and have psychosis ive only just come to terms with it im on anti psychotics and anti depressants for the rest of my life. I hear Voices and have hallucinations i see and speak to people that aren't there. So its hard for me to keep friends and make friends and have had fallout's with my family in the past. I don't leave the house on my own and have Panic attacks on a regular basis and have bad night freights , which make we wake up screaming also i sleep 2 days a week and cnt sleep properly i spend most of my time rocking back and fourth with agitation. So if anyone would like to ask me any questions i'd be more than happy to answer them.





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    It's more than likely that you're not lazy, the sugar is causing the tiredness. I know it's easy to say, but you need to stop the sugar. You need to treat it like a heroin addiction. More will make you want more. When I gave up sugar, I actually had hallucinations. That's how bad my addiction was. And it was like waking up from being drugged. It's obvious sugar is not giving you energy, so I suspect it's the culprit. Can you try actually going cold turkey? Or else measuring EXACTLY how much sugar you are consuming and then systematically cutting down? It's hard, because it's like an alcoholic cutting down on drink - with half a glass, you feel more impetus to drink, not less. Good luck - I suggest looking on line for forums who talk about PCOS, there is help out there.

    I am very worried about my daughter I have started to see the pattern My daughter has gone through a lot of tramour And has been having very bad night terrors She has experienced hallucinations too This causes sleep deprivation and And has reached a place where the marriage Is under threat and I am worried about my grandchild As the stress is causing problems for her too I read about it can be caused by internalized anger And stress which she is Under due to long hours Running her business is this true can it be due to Internalized anger The doctor said it's not good to give her sleeping Tabs as it can lock her onto the terror this make sense As the terror starts within the first hour of sleep Can you give me any advice please thank you





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    hi yeah i had a MRI scan 2 years ago which shown a pineal gland cyst. they keep saying they dont causes symptoms and look at me like im wasting time. i went to a neurologist last month and he said its migraines but i weren't convinced so they sent me to a sleep clinic about the hallucinations and they said i needed to see a neuro surgeon so i see them next month. Go back to your GP and just say i cant cope with the feeling of it anymore and i want a MRI. I found it was a pineal cyst when i was addmitted 2 years ago with severe headache they still said then it wasn't that. iv been reading on the interent and loads of people had similar things but the GPs do the same with them. They say the surgary wont help and its to complicated more like to expensive! I hope you get it sorted i no its torture init :( its been like this since i was 14 years so iv applied for embarassing bodies if they dont do anything next month.

    I get night terrors too. We call them Spiderbees- just a silly name. Aren't we a crazy bunch of sleep hooligans! A sleep psychiatrist told me that it is a glitch in the REM part of the sleep cycle. He told me to wake myself up 30 min after falling asleep every night for about 6-8 weeks. This is to try to reprogram the brain, and he believed it would stop the terrors. I didn't do it for long, however, as I couldn't get back to sleep easily after waking myself. But maybe someone might like to try it. I do certainly believe that our underlying anxieties influence what we "see" during a night terror (the psychiatrist called these illusions, not hallucinations, ie, what we are seeing is based on something already in the room). My night terrors are mainly associated with the little bits of light in the room, and always involve something or someone trying to get into the room, and me trying to catch them out.





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    Hi, I'm 24 years old and also suffer night terrors. I've had them for about 4 years now. At first the hallucinations were just shadows moving and now they have developed into actual spiders on my wall or in my bed or people, animals, weird creatures in my room. I have at least one a night or up to four/five times a night. Sometimes its just jumping out of bed and other times I'm screaming and yelling for help. I always wake up from the dreams so confused and frighten. It really does suck having to tell people when staying over that this might happen because people don't usually understand or they underestimate how bad it can be. I thought it might be related to stress but I dream when I'm bored, stressed, really tied and sometime even after a few drinks or even taken sleeping medication. I will be taking part in a sleep study on Thursday and I'll be interested to see if there is anything they can do for me; beside medication and telling me I need to be less stressed. I also am sick of being scared to go to bed!

    I'm 30 years old and have been suffering from night terrors for around 7 or 8 years now. I find that the episodes come in cycles,for example, I can go maybe about a week without experiencing any disturbance..but then can have them on a nightly basis, which results in me being very tired the next day. From reading the past comments on here it seems that seeing figures in the room is a common factor of night terrors, as indeed I often see a dark male figure walking at the side of the bed. I have also seen shapes floating on the ceiling, animal traps on the floor and hallucinations of the room being ransacked (seeing drawers and cupboards open etc). The thing I experience most often however, is to see and hear burglars climbing a ladder to get into my room. I have recently started sleepwalking and have found myself waking up in different rooms, which I find quite worrying. I wish there was a simple solution to all of this, as I would love to just go to sleep without fear of waking up in absolute terror.





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    I'm 23 and your story sounds quite similar to mine. I will often wake up thinking that I see a person in my doorway with a knife or gun coming towards me. With my bed being next to a fire escape, I've had the same thing where I think that somebody is climbing up to break in. I've even gone as far as unlocking and opening my window to try to jump onto the fire escape or running to the bed room door, once yelling so loud that I woke our upstairs neighbors.

    I'm 23 and your story sounds quite similar to mine. I will often wake up thinking that I see a person in my doorway with a knife or gun coming towards me. With my bed being next to a fire escape, I've had the same thing where I think that somebody is climbing up to break in. I've even gone as far as unlocking and opening my window to try to jump onto the fire escape or running to the bed room door, once yelling so loud that I woke our upstairs neighbors.

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    I wet the bed from well i suppose 2 or 3 up untill i was 11 or 12. My parents would get very angry, thinking i was just too lazy to go to the toilet and threatening to hang my wet sheets in the front of the house so everyone could see etc and would make me wear nappies every night wgich i found extremely humiliating and unconfertable (it also made me wet the bed more frequently). I would have incredibly realistic hallucinations in my sleep that i was awake and going to the bathroom, using the toilet, but then would wake up with the bed wet. I saw doctors, had scans, examinations and the infamous star chart (try explaining that when your friends come over to play) and eventualy the problem has stopped, the last time i wet the bed being when i was about 14. I was always and am still embaressed about this, especialy as it is something my family never understood and still like to bring up, but i would say that it is nothing to be embaressed about. we dont do it on purpose, as it is uncomfertable and embaressing, and humiliating or trying to shame your children when they do it really is not a good idea. I am really glad that it is actualy featuring as an ILLNESS on a website like this, so hopefully people will begin to understand it a little but more.





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    some information about low potassium levels - symptoms -weakness, tiredness, cramping in arm or leg muscles, inability to move arms or legs (much like paralysis) tingling or numbness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramping, palpitations (feeling your heart beating irregularly - feels like its jumping) passing large amounts of urine or feeling very thirsty most of the time, fainting due to low blood pressure, abnormal psychological behaviour - depression/psychosis/delirium/hallucinations. low potassium can be very dangerous - if you're experiencing these kind of symptoms call nhs direct or see your doctor and tell them that you're bulimic. potassium is important in maintaining several bodily functions but most importantly it is vital to keeping your heart beating. its not something that is talked about that much so lots of people (especially those not in the system) dont know what to look out for.





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    I am a lot better now than I was last year, I've had this since I can remember, all my memories are scrambled, I was emotionless and detached, it's slowly coming through to show on my face, hallucinations of what I was obsessed with, deep obsessions and imaginary "friends", thinking I was in a big fantasy world, though a comfort it was during pain and stress, crying everyday and seeing things float around my head, not trustng anyone and it's still hard, voices shouting obsenitys in my head, but thankfully not anymore, I have controled my illness enough, without therapy, tried pills and too many side effects, was told it's better for me to learn to control it myself with support. I want so badly to be cured from this, I have schizotypal personality disorder, genetic form of schizophrenia. Still things I need to control but the comfert of them I can't seem to let go of. I get upset the fact I have never had a normal mind and the way I have acted in the past pushed people away, and there is only so much I can do with myself to help my mind when I have to ask family if something is real or not or if I am acting normal because it's hard for me to know if I start getting worse again, which scares me.





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    im bipolar and have a lot of psychotic symptoms. dont get upset about not being normal - so few people are. you're doing okay. look up some groups in your area - its really, really good to be able to talk face to face with people who have been through the same thing. a lot of cmht's run 'hearing voices' groups which will help you deal with the symptoms. ask for more therapy - it only works if you work it as they say. im learning to cope with the same things you are - i have to ask people if things are real or really happening. its FINE. try keeping a diary, look for triggers, try and find patterns. you have to reach out and there is absolutely no shame in it. i've held the door open for people in wheelchairs - its not so different to ask somebody to verify that there isnt a demon over there. we adapt y'know? x

    Hi - Ive got Behcets but am not an HLA51 person.I'm female, and over the years my BD has taken many forms, but it was only when I got the ulcers right through the body, arthitis, joint pain and swelling and temperatures that wouldnt go down, and headaches/hallucinations from brain inflammation that I got a diagnosis. From then (7 years ago) I have had three lots of surgery linked to the arthritis, and the joint damage which may be a response to the drugs I have to take. I have also had optic neuritis and brain inflammation from it. I live with the disease, and have to remember to take it easy. there are few centres of excellence for treating and managing the condition which is lifelong. I recognise that over years, really since childhood, I had symptoms, but it took until I was in my forties and got wacked with several symptoms at once that I got a diganosis. And then because I look pretty much normal, people rarely understand the anxiety it causes of not knowing how I will be when I wake up each day! There are excellent sources of support - the UK Behcets syndrome society is fabulous, and yahoo has two sites - Behcets and Behcets support which are worth visiting if you think you or a loved one have it.

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