This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb

This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Die

This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb

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, maintaining you in a constant state of exhaustion…until your body devotes 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 simply basic symptoms of insomnia, along with panic attack, paranoia, and phobias.

After 4 months pass, the hallucinations start. Sometimes victims will act out their dreams, despite not really being asleep. One girl, who was a hair stylist before being diagnosed, brushed imaginary people’s hair.

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 country. Eventually, they succumb from exhaustion. The median lifespan of a patient after the onset of symptoms is 18 months.

( via Oddity Central)

There is currently no remedy for FFI, but as sufferers of the disease continue donating their brains to science, experts believe they are getting closer to finding one. In the meantime, people with FFI go to often bizarre lengths to help them sleep, such as sensory deprivation tanks and even electroconvulsive therapy.

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This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb
This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb
This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb
This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb
This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb

This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb

This Strange Insomnia Disease Forces Its Victims To Stay Awake Until They Succumb

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