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Worried By This Article!

Especially worried about "In all patients, the condition is chronic and progressive."

My husband has it, but he's not as yet convinced he has to seek medical attention. This is the second bout in as many years. Last time I had to separate from sleeping with him till it abated. Now it SEEMS to have, but I'm constantly thinking it's gonna return and do some major damage to yours truly. He seems to not be acting out the violence now but he's talking in his sleep a mile a minute for the past few nights.

Regarding this: "Because episodes can occasionally overcome medication, dangerous objects should be removed from the patient's room and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure the safety of the patient and his/her sleeping partner."

Well that's just GREAT@@!! So what are the measures?? Are we supposed to not sleep together anymore, thinking he might tronse at any second?


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Dec 28, 2011
i know how he's feeling NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i am 37 and have rem, my husband gets black eyes scratches all over him. Now he most of the time know's when it,s going to happen, as i have a 14 year old daughter from past ralationship and when i talk to her or get a text from her or just talk about her then i sleep on the couch so i don't attack my man.My daughter lives with her dad as my man has cancer so having her living with us was too much stress.So i wish someone can fix me so bad but can seem too,i'm posting this so yiu know how your partner might feel

Jan 05, 2012
Female RBD sufferer NEW
by: SL

I know how you feel. I'm a 28 year old female with RBD and my husband was worried the same as you about removing dangerous objects in the bed room. This is for our protection as well as our partners. Depending on how severe the RBD episodes are. I suggest that your partner seeks help for these episodes and until then it would be best for you to sleep elsewhere if he has been violent towards you in sleep. i.e he's hitting you, kicking you...

it is a serious disorder that needs to be treated. My husband doesn't have to worry that I'll kill him in my sleep. I'm a woman so I'm not as strong as a man is. Considering you're female and he's male I can say that as an RBD sufferer sleeping with him if he's been violent towards you while asleep is not a chance I'd take. If you love him you will stick this through with him. Mine did.

best of luck.

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