Not Sure If Narcolepsy Or Sleep Apnea
Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:15 PM
Regardless, sleep apnea is a much more common disorder. I have chronic nasal congestion that develops during sleep that raises the possibility. I don't have cataplexy, but very occasionally had short moments of sleep paralysis. I only sometimes have hypnagogia (seeing things, hypnic jerks).
Could it be both? I'm worried that I may get treated for one or the other, which may not resolve my problems.
I also have difficulty concentrating and maintaining motivation due to my sleepiness/lethargy.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:54 PM
I've had all these experiences as far back as I can remember...into my teens, but I never thought anything of it (except maybe I was gifted..lol) until now as the daytime sleep attacks as more frequent and more prevalent. My primary care Dr. suggested I might have mild narcolepsy after I reviewed my symptoms and told me to tell my psychiatrist. I have taken the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Test on my own and scored a 21. I guess I'll have to have another sleep study done, but I'm apprehensive. I'll follow through with finding out if anything is there, but I'm not happy about the possibility of having to take medication for it. It sucks that there is no cure, so what can you do?
Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:27 PM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:43 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:12 AM
Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:33 PM
I would have the doctor congratulate me on the start of an appointment of being 100% compliant for my entire first year, but then at the end of the appointment claim that I'm probably not being compliant enough as to why I'm still complaining of EDS.
Another time...report shows leak (well within the intentional leak level for my mask and pressure), and claims that I need to make that zero to see any improvement. Where's the CO2 supposed to go if I make that zero? Wanted to tell him that maybe he should be talking to his wife (who has sleep apnea) about what he doesn't know.....
The N diagnosis was recent. Turns out I had to get dismissed as crazy, to finally find a doctor (psychiatrist) that would make the N diagnosis.