by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | May 6, 2016 11:57 am
This is just horrific. What a terrible disease and what an awful way to die. A strange insomnia disease keeps you awake until your body fails and you die. Less than one person out of 10 million gets it, but that is one too many in my book. It is genetic and is caused by a mutated protein. It has been found in approximately 40 families worldwide and about 100 people are suffering with it. I can’t imagine going this way or having a loved one suffer like this. It’s a nightmare come true.
If you suffer from any level of insomnia, you know how damaging it can be to your health as well as your personal life. So you can just imagine having a disease that NEVER allows you to sleep, keeping you in a constant state of exhaustion…until your body gives up and dies.
That’s what fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is. The disease is extremely rare (less than one out of 10 million people have it), but those who do suffer from it live in extreme agony. Sadly, so far there is no cure.
The cause of FFI is a mutated protein called PrPSc, which has only been found in 40 families worldwide, affecting around 100 people.
The first signs of the disease are just basic symptoms of insomnia, along with panic attacks, paranoia and phobias. After four months pass, the hallucinations start. Sometimes victims will act out their dreams, despite not really being asleep. Five months later, victims are completely unable to sleep and experience rapid weight loss. Over the course of the next six months, victims develop dementia and go into a non-responsive, dream-like state. Eventually, they die from exhaustion. The average lifespan of a patient after the onset of symptoms is 18 months. There is no known cure for the disease. I hope they find one some day… no one should go through this hell.
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