What makes you Pass Out with Cataplexy?
Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:32 AM
I got a poll running on this, so let me know if it's a "none of the above".
Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:17 PM
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 11:59 AM
For me it has always been anger, fear, and stress. I was told by my doctor (pediatrician at the time) that I hypervenhilated and was treated for anxiety, but I know (and knew then) that he was wrong. My muscles just went slack and I couldn't stand up. I fell to the ground, cracked my head on the concrete, and actually had some kind of bizzare dream in the few short seconds I was out.
Does this sound familiar to anybody?? or do I really have an anxiety disorder too?
I have the EDS and cataplexy (terrifying) and my MSLT definitely confirmed the Narcolepsy, but I'm wondering about these "other episodes". They seem to occur in clusters...during periods of bigtime stress, and then don't happen again for months or even a year or two, then just kinda pop back into my life. The same with the cataplxy, nightmares, and hallucinations...they will stick around for a few weeks, then just pop up out of nowhere. Any advice??
Posted 03 April 2008 - 02:51 PM
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:36 AM
I lived with this girl a couple of years back who one day thought it would be funny to jump out at me as i came in the house from Uni ... it was funny until i collapsed and then she started freaking out and apologising, she knew i had narcolepsy but it didn't occur to her that that would trigger it. Of course she felt so guilty i managed to get cups of tea on demand for about a week ... Score!!
Laughter will trigger my cataplexy as well but only if it is extreme - if i go to a comedy club and i am in stitches for ages because it is good , then it will cause an attack but other than that i am lucky ... i don't think i could deal without being allowed a good laugh with out consequences
Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:50 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 03:53 PM
laughing, puppies, babies, anger, surprise, fear, my neices, and grand daughters...
Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:04 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:37 PM
-Stress, anger, feeling overwhelmed, and bad medication combos.
Pushing myself to stay awake when I'm actually tired i.e. being overtired, not having a narcoleptic attack "tired", can cause me to get the shakes (a mild cataplectic attack).
I'm grateful laughter doesn't cause them for me. I laugh a lot.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:37 AM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:01 AM
All of the above; even anticipating an emotion. In addition, I have cataplexy when I eat my favorite foods/beverages (swallowing triggers it). It also occurs when I get overwhelmingly tired. I cataplexy in my sleep where I get these seizure-things where I lay there and twitch...my doctor said it's probably from cataplexy since my dreams are really emotional. The twitching incidents also happen when I'm exhausted, and when I have prolonged/multiple cataplexy attacks that just build upon each other. (I get "that feeling" over and over in rapid succession and my body spasms accordingly). I'll just lie on the ground and twitch; this seems to freak people out the most. Sometimes for milder attacks, just my facial muscles will twitch, which is just embarrassing.