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Could it be narcolepsy?

Postby Mrsmassie » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:17 pm

I am 22, female. I've had these symptoms for a long time now, probably beginning around middle-school aged, roughly 12, we'll say. I have brushed them off as no big deal this whole time, but am finally thinking this isn't normal now that I have a 10 month old daughter and am nervous about dropping her during an episode :(
I've experienced sleep paralysis upon waking, probably lasting 30 seconds to a minute. I am fully aware that I need to wake up, but can't open my eyes, move, do anything. It was scary the first time, but now I know it is happening so I think nothing of it. This probably only happens a handful of times a year.
Happening more often is what I am thinking is considered cataplexy I guess. It doesn't involve any emotions though, and I do not remain conscious, so I don't know if you'd call it that really. I will be in the middle of doing something, and suddenly it is like someone pressed my "off switch". My entire body will just collapse, and I lose consciousness for just that second. It typically happens when I am woken up unexpectedly, so usually if I woke up from an alarm clock in the morning, at some point within the next hour, it could happen.
Some examples:
While eating breakfast in the morning, I've suddenly fallen asleep for a split second to drop my spoon. Same with brushing my teeth. Same with walking down the stairs (worst incident yet). The list goes on and on.
There is definitely a correlation between getting a full nights sleep and not having an episode. Thanks for any input.
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Re: Could it be narcolepsy?

Postby OCDhelp » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:01 am

you def need to see your doc. get a referral and find someone board certified in sleep medicine. this may be a sleep specialist, but could be neurologist, pulmonologist, etc.
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