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What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder, or dyssomnia, characterized by excessive sleepiness and sleep attacks at inappropriate times, such as while at work. People with narcolepsy often experience disturbed nocturnal sleep and an abnormal daytime sleep pattern, which often is confused with insomnia. Narcoleptics, when falling asleep, generally experience the REM stage of sleep within 5 minutes; whereas most people do not experience REM sleep until an hour or so later.

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder. It is not caused by mental illness or psychological problems. It is most likely affected by a number of genetic mutations and abnormalities that affect specific biologic factors in the brain, combined with an environmental trigger during the brain's development, such as a virus.

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Disturbing article: Are Modafinil's brain boosting benefits hype or science?

Started by Nel in General. Last reply by Nel 7 hours ago. 14 Replies

I don't know the first thing about modafinil but it seems it is one narcolepsy drug which is widely misused. Anybody care to comment?…Continue

Driving with a diagnosis of narcolepsy

Started by shrinkmom in General. Last reply by Carol 13 hours ago. 5 Replies

I am interested in hearing from people who are still able to drive what their experiences have been. Until two weeks ago I was happy to say that my driving was fine. However, two weeks ago I had an accident in which I hit parked cars after a very…Continue

Health professionals who have narcolepsy

Started by shrinkmom in General. Last reply by shrinkmom Nov 13. 5 Replies

I am a psychiatrist who is able to work full time with the help of medication which allows me to stay awake at work.  i would enjoy talking with other medical professionals who are dealing with this illnessContinue

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Nel replied to Nel's discussion Disturbing article: Are Modafinil's brain boosting benefits hype or science?
"Ranger, I suppose this is why the NHS is suspicious. I hope they can find a way of sorting out who…"
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Carol replied to shrinkmom's discussion Driving with a diagnosis of narcolepsy
"I know that my doctor has written in my medical chart "Patient is aware of risks in…"
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Carol replied to shrinkmom's discussion Driving with a diagnosis of narcolepsy
"In college I was making the drive to visit my parents one weekend and it took me 5 hours vs. 2. I…"
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Carol replied to Nel's discussion Disturbing article: Are Modafinil's brain boosting benefits hype or science?
"I find it so interesting how medications affect people. I'm prone to negative side effects,…"
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Narcolepsy and driving

Driving with narcolepsy has not been a problem for me once I started taking medication for the…See More
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dlr4951 replied to shrinkmom's discussion Driving with a diagnosis of narcolepsy
"When I moved to the state where I currently live my new Neurologist told me that I could not drive.…"
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"Hi! I recently noticed that it's harder for me to driv at night it's like as soon as it…"
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Narcolepsy and driving

Posted by Ranger2 on November 19, 2014 at 4:31pm 0 Comments

Driving with narcolepsy has not been a problem for me once I started taking medication for the condition.  However narcolepsy was the main culprit in my, earlier than planned, retirement due to one incident when I backed my county truck…

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Health question re Freezing/"Riggors"

Posted by Ranger on November 5, 2014 at 12:38am 3 Comments

Hello All,

 

 Quick health question:

 

   Health: I woke up this morning so cold and shaking it was almost like I was having "seizures" shaking so badly, it was 66 degrees in the house, I had a sweat shirt…

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Ben's Friends Monthly Newsletter - October 2014 Issue

Posted by Ben Munoz on October 25, 2014 at 9:41am 0 Comments

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xyrem review

Posted by DesnRen on October 16, 2014 at 5:56pm 4 Comments

Hi everybody!!!



I need some input on treating my narcolepsy. Provigik doesn't seem to help, adderral makes me mean and chives me nightmares and Ritalin helps a little but gives me bad jitters. I'm looking at taking Xyrem but would like… Continue

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