about 2 years ago, I had 3 sleep studies done over a 5 month period. The reason for this was that I fell asleep at the wheel twice while I was a school bus driver - thankfully no kids were on board.
I had several other tests done as well and one of them determined that there is seizure activity going on in my brain. With that info, the 1st sleep study was scheduled and it was found that I actually stopped breathing 80-100 times per night. Sleep Apnea - so I ended up having to use a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine - it's a pain in the butt and you look silly - lol but it does work, it keeps the airways open so you don't stop breathing. With Sleep Apnea you also don't get into the deep sleep that your body requires to recoup from the day - that's because you body is constantly stops breathing and restarts again. This makes it so you will wake up tired most every day. Before the studies were done I would just fall asleep anywhere.
Any way, a 2nd study was done to test for Narcolepsy as the my regular Doc., the Neurologist, and the Sleep Specialist thought this was a probable diagnosis. So I went through that study. When I finally met to discuss the results, the sleep specialist said it's most likely that it is Narcolepsy, but there were a couple of criteria that I didn't meet in order to make that diagnosis. From what I understand, most doctors take this diagnosis very seriously as it has lifelong ramifications. Such as, the doc has to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles and most likely your license will be revoked for a period of time (whatever they determine). During that period, you can't have any sleep seizures/narcolepsy attacks or you start over and hope that you can get through that time. So I didn't get an official diagnosis of Narcolepsy, they are just saying probable Narcolepsy. In my case it wouldn't have mattered any way because the Neurologist told me that he wouldn't treat me any because I take sleep medication every night (can't sleep without it) and he would have to put me on stimulant to keep me awake during the day. This was very discouraging.
continued on 2nd post - was getting a little too long I think - LOL
Agoraphobia, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety and PTSD
Meds: Ambien CR, Ativan, Celexa, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER
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