Nocturnal Tourette’s Syndrome

Posted: August 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”~George Washington

For many months now, I’ve been suffering through some significant neuropathy pains. Unfortunately now, its getting in the way of every day things. Including me playing sledge hockey.

So when a nurse came over the other day to ask how that pain was doing, I told her that I had self-diagnosed myself with Nocturnal Tourette’s Syndrome.

When she asked what that was, I told her that in the middle of the night when this neuropathy pain strikes and is strong enough to wake me up, I wake up screaming and cussing.

She wasn’t sure whether to take me serious or laugh. When I smiled at her, she broke out into laughter.

It is true though, I wake up screaming and crying out in so much profanity that I would take down the whole naval fleet in humiliation by comparison. And of course there is no such thing as Nocturnal Tourette’s Syndrome, but it was descriptive enough to get across to the nurse that I am suffering a lot of pain with this neuropathy. Particularly at night.

I personally suspect the REAL problem to be Carpal Tunnel.

But soon, very soon, I am going to find out just what’s going on and hopefully I can get some REAL sleep after a while.


  1. Julie M says:

    My husband seems to have a more detailed intense case of Nocturnal Tourette’s & it is still developing. Started in his late sixties (now 80s) with thrashing about, groaning & the odd shout. I now attempt to sleep in another room so don’t know about the movements but the sounds include humming, singing, shouting, groaning, ranting and various forms of conversation and argument. The last two are always two people – his voice and a female (falsetto). There is also what sounds like clapping and clicking his fingers. Sometimes in the middle of a rant or argument he will rush out of his room but once out of the door the noise ceases. I’m considering putting a lock on my door just in case … He refuses to believe any of this and accuses me of making it up. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions please?

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