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#61 star9521

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 06:11 PM

Hey there.... my name is Amy. I am a 38 year old single female PWN living in southeastern Michigan. For the first 25 years of my life, I was happy, healthy and living without sleep disorders and/or issues with sleeping or EDS. Then in September of 1995 ......I can actually tell you the exact moment that N entered my life and changed it forever. After a year of misdiagnosis from general physicians, extreme EDS and two minor fender-benders, I was finally diagnosed with N.

At 26 years of age, my life as I had known it was over.... or so I thought. Unfortunatley, all I was given after this life altering diagnosis was a pamphlet and a "Good Luck". I was devastated and feeling completely alone and hopeless. I eventually found a neurologist that listened to me and attempted to help by trying several different medications. I found Ritalin (and still do) to work the best for my EDS.

Fortunately for me, I had no other option than to get up everyday and make the best of it. I have to admit that it was definitely NOT easy most days, but I did the best I could. I attempted to exercise every day, but still managed to gain 50 lbs in the last ten years even though I consciously eat healthy choices. I attempted to have some kind of a routine schedule, but refused to let N dictate my lifestyle. I have a strong personality and have fought N all the way!! Somedays I was victorious in my attempts and then somedays.....I was NOT! rolleyes.gif

Then in 2007, my sleep, or lack there of hit an all time low and I felt completely defeated. I was severely depressed, over weight, excessively exhausted, moody, stressed and completely miserable and feeling overwhelmingly hopeless. I knew I had no choice but to find a better quality of life and started researching options to aid in a good nights sleep. So, in March 2008, my neurologist put me on Xyrem and it has changed my life!! I am the person I was before N.....only better!! Let's just say that sleep is definitely NOT over rated!! It's the best sleep I've had in the last 10 years, I have lost 27 lbs, running my first 5k in October and I am happy, healthy and loving life!! biggrin.gif


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Posted 07 July 2008 - 10:40 PM

Way to go, Amy! Your post made my day!! I am currently trying to climb out from the bottom of the "EDS well" by changing my lifestyle - eating well, better sleep habits, less stress, exercise.... I just started running again for the first time in three years and it feels great. I also feel a bit like my old self again! Good luck on your 5K in October - just this morning I researched 5Ks in my area in October. Too bad Michigan and Virginia are so far from each other or else we could run in the same race! laugh.gif


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Posted 09 July 2008 - 03:41 PM

Hello.
I'm Damian 27yrs old got diagnosed with N nearly 2yrs ago. I also suffer from the cataplexy bouts of sleep paralysis and the vivid dreams. I have had slt, ecg, eeg,mri and full sleep study, been on numurous meds, modafinol, clomipramine, haloperidol, fluoxetine, dexamphetamine and currently using the dex with fluoxetine and just started using xyrem ( sodium oxybate). I had to stop working cause of cataplexy more than the N. Had my driving licence revoked, since seen a few different specialsits. None of my meds fully control anything and I have worked my self up so many times to think maybe this next med will do the trick but to no privail.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE (Damian @ Jul 9 2008, 04:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello.
I'm Damian 27yrs old got diagnosed with N nearly 2yrs ago. I also suffer from the cataplexy bouts of sleep paralysis and the vivid dreams. I have had slt, ecg, eeg,mri and full sleep study, been on numurous meds, modafinol, clomipramine, haloperidol, fluoxetine, dexamphetamine and currently using the dex with fluoxetine and just started using xyrem ( sodium oxybate). I had to stop working cause of cataplexy more than the N. Had my driving licence revoked, since seen a few different specialsits. None of my meds fully control anything and I have worked my self up so many times to think maybe this next med will do the trick but to no privail.

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Hi Damian I'm glad you found us. Good luck on your quest for the perfect combination to help you maintain your symptoms. My dh is on the same path only older laugh.gif


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:56 PM

QUOTE (Lovemyhusband @ Jul 9 2008, 11:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Damian I'm glad you found us. Good luck on your quest for the perfect combination to help you maintain your symptoms. My dh is on the same path only older laugh.gif

Good luke to you also.
I find sometimes It's so easy to become depressed naturally due to the effects on your daily life.
I went off the rails couple of years ago they didn't know where to put me ended up in a mental ward where they didn't even know how to spell Narcolepsy let alone know what it is.So when I went into an N or a C they didn't even know how to react, when you in a sleep paralysis you can hear them all debating whether they should wake or leave you.. it was a joke..


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE (Damian @ Jul 10 2008, 11:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good luck to you also.(sorry spelling mistake)
I find sometimes It's so easy to become depressed naturally due to the effects on your daily life.
I went off the rails couple of years ago they didn't know where to put me ended up in a mental ward where they didn't even know how to spell Narcolepsy let alone know what it is.So when I went into an N or a C they didn't even know how to react, when you in a sleep paralysis you can hear them all debating whether they should wake or leave you.. it was a joke..


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:51 PM

If I remember correctly spelling errors are a requirement for us on this site unsure.gif

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:16 AM

Hello, my name is Megan, I'm from North East PA, and 24 years old. I have cataplexy and narcolepsy.
I started falling a sleep in school in seventh grade which quickly dropped me off the honor role. I didn't have cataplexy until after later, after highschool. Although everytime I think I have my timeline figured out, I have a memory of something and realize that it started at a different age than i thought.

I was diagnaozed when i was 20. I got kicked out the bar on my 21st for falling a sleep, (Provigle didn't work for me.) That was a random thought that popped in my head and made me chuckle.

My family is very supportive and we all use humor to get us through the hard times. I don't always find it funny, but i try to laugh rather than wallow. As supportive as everyone in my family is, i get sick of answering the same questions over and over. So i joined this community in hopes for piece of mind. i think my family's biggest problem is not knowing how or why this happened. Instead of talking to me to get a better understanding of how i feel and the N/C, they interrogate me because they need to blame someone or something, such as my father's exposure to agent orange (i think might be the only worthwhile conclusion to look into), or an antibiotic that millions of people have taken for decades and i'm the only one in the world that had a reaction to it, or the fly on the wall or the sandwhich i ate for lunch...

Anyway, i have to go to work, thanks for being nice, thanks for being here...

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:05 AM

QUOTE (MEColumbo @ Jul 22 2008, 05:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello, my name is Megan, I'm from North East PA, and 24 years old. I have cataplexy and narcolepsy.
I started falling a sleep in school in seventh grade which quickly dropped me off the honor role. I didn't have cataplexy until after later, after highschool. Although everytime I think I have my timeline figured out, I have a memory of something and realize that it started at a different age than i thought.

I was diagnaozed when i was 20. I got kicked out the bar on my 21st for falling a sleep, (Provigle didn't work for me.) That was a random thought that popped in my head and made me chuckle.

My family is very supportive and we all use humor to get us through the hard times. I don't always find it funny, but i try to laugh rather than wallow. As supportive as everyone in my family is, i get sick of answering the same questions over and over. So i joined this community in hopes for piece of mind. i think my family's biggest problem is not knowing how or why this happened. Instead of talking to me to get a better understanding of how i feel and the N/C, they interrogate me because they need to blame someone or something, such as my father's exposure to agent orange (i think might be the only worthwhile conclusion to look into), or an antibiotic that millions of people have taken for decades and i'm the only one in the world that had a reaction to it, or the fly on the wall or the sandwhich i ate for lunch...

Anyway, i have to go to work, thanks for being nice, thanks for being here...


Hi Megan Welcome aboard.

You said you are off to work. What do you do for a living? I am a stay at home mom (for now) and Andre (pwn) works for the USPS.


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Posted 22 July 2008 - 04:45 PM

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Hi Megan Welcome aboard.

You said you are off to work. What do you do for a living? I am a stay at home mom (for now) and Andre (pwn) works for the USPS.



i'm a purchasing agent at an army depot. Maybe one day i'll be a stay at home mom too, but i just got married in May and my husband has one semester to go. We've both assumed that we won't have kids unless we adopt or he can make enough after graduating that i could lay off the meds and start trying. Sometimes i wonder if i really do want kids or not. i'm afraid that the part of me only wants them is convinced that i can't because its such a physical, emotional, and financial challenge because of the N and C. i'm still trying to sort it out.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE (MEColumbo @ Jul 22 2008, 05:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i'm a purchasing agent at an army depot. Maybe one day i'll be a stay at home mom too, but i just got married in May and my husband has one semester to go. We've both assumed that we won't have kids unless we adopt or he can make enough after graduating that i could lay off the meds and start trying. Sometimes i wonder if i really do want kids or not. i'm afraid that the part of me only wants them is convinced that i can't because its such a physical, emotional, and financial challenge because of the N and C. i'm still trying to sort it out.



The decision to have kids is a difficult one even without N. I am glad we had our kids before Andre was dx. I'm not sure if it would have made a difference or not but adding one more "what if" in the mix is never good. Andre was only dx'd in January 08 but we have been looking for an answer to his symptoms for years before that. I think sometimes life will happen to you whether you are ready for it or not. Maybe and answer will present itself to you when you least expect it.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 01:28 PM

Nice to find a place for advice. Iam 23 and was diagnosed about 6 months ago.

My story is one of misdiagnosis for the past 7-8 years. Some rough things happened in our family and the therapist thought I was withdrawn and diagnosed me with depression at 13...WRONG. I took wellbutrin for a while to no effect and then another doctor said it was ADD again that made me fall asleep in every class in high-school. He put me on Concerta which had some terrible side-effects for me (extreme aggression, paranoia, jitters...). I graduated high school with a 2.1GPA.

Once out of high-school I could structure my life to deal with how I am and did very well in college (3.96GPA). I woke up and went straight to work and stayed on my feet (as long as I am moving and engaged...I am awake) while I did my homework before class. Straight to school after that and then straight back to work. About sophomore year I started having to drive long distances on a regular basis and I begun falling asleep at the wheel routinely. Rumble strips have saved my life more times than I can count. At first I didn't say anything because I legitimately thought it was normal to fall asleep on the highway at 3PM (call it denial if you like).

About 6 months ago, however, the addiction to coffee, absurdly loud music, and driving 80 with the windows down failed on my way to work. The piece of highway I was on was brand new and they had not yet installed the rumble strips. By the time I came to the car was going sideways and heading for the embankment. Thank God nobody else was around that I could have hurt and the airbags saved my life. After that I realized that I had a problem and got very scared about running someones family off the road so I quit driving and told my mother to find me a sleep specialist (she works for a major health system in the area). The specialist immediately got me a study and, ta-da, finds out that I have narcolepsy and have probably had it for years. I am now taking Provigil, avoiding all caffiene, and paying attention to my sleep at night. I wish someone had figured it out sooner...but that's life.

Anyways, it's nice to find a group of people that deal with the same thing.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 10:28 AM

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Hi everyone, I'm Kathie. I was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 38. I've been lurking for awhile, thought I should introduce myself. I've had EDS always, horrible dreams since I can remember.
Cataplexy happens everyday. I retired in 2001. I worked in a prison, found out about the N and pretty much pushed me out. So, now I just do what I can on a daily basis. I'm married to a wonderful man who has IH.
He is actually the one who told me when I couldn't stay awake on our dates, that I had a sleep disorder, boy was he right LOL...He's very supportive, drives me when needed, catches me on my way down to the floor, etc.
I fear now that my daughter is starting to show signs of N. She told me she needs an eye test because she can't stay awake while driving. Her eyes are messing with her, she says. HHMMMMM I wonder....
anyways, enough rambling...thanks for listening...
Hey, anyone near Galt, CA? let me know...

Kathie

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 07:22 PM

Hey there,
My name is Luis, I'm a 25 year old med student at the University of Rochester. I was diagnosed with N w/C the summer before my senior year of college. My chances for medical school were almost ruined because of my inability to stay awake and get all the studying done I needed for college. I found out about narcolepsy by taking an abnormal psychology course to pad my GPA. Before college, school was pretty easy; except for the waking up to get to school on time and the staying awake for longer than 2 hour intervals, but I did very well in high school.

I'm still trying to find the right combination of medications to let me function; there are not enough hours in the day for me to get everything done because I need to sleep so much. I did pretty badly for my first two years of medical school because I just couldn't get enough studying in.

Right now I'm on Xyrem, ritalin, and wellbutrin. I might go back to Provigil, but its very inconsistent for me. I'm also wondering when Nuvigil will come out. Has anyone heard anything about its release date? Its been over year since its been approved by the FDA.

My biggest concern is that I want to be a surgeon, but I don't know if I can survive the residency. Doing an overnight call is easier now with my medication, but the next day is so horrible that I'm a danger to myself and others.

Any other health care proffessionals with N here? Any advice, tips?

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 11:24 AM

What is this AA or something, lol.

Hi my name is Andrew and I have narcolepsy, cataplexy, depression, and all the other unpleasant sleep related nasties.
Had the problems since age 14, was really bad up to early twenties, much better during twenties, much worse past thirty.
Had many, many wrong diagnosis, seen a lot of idiot doctors, been bounced around the healthcare system like a pinball.
I finally got confirmation after two overnight sleep tests, and three Multiple Sleep Latency Tests.
My life's pretty much down the toilet these days. I just had come to terms with rejecting a place at university
due to the fact that I can't remember a damn thing and forget chapter one by the time I get to chapter four.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:05 PM

QUOTE (Spiff @ Aug 8 2008, 02:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice to find a place for advice. Iam 23 and was diagnosed about 6 months ago.

Anyways, it's nice to find a group of people that deal with the same thing.


Hello Spiff

I'm glad you found the site

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:08 PM

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Hi everyone, I'm Kathie. I was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 38. I've been lurking for awhile, thought I should introduce myself. I've had EDS always, horrible dreams since I can remember.
Cataplexy happens everyday. I retired in 2001. I worked in a prison, found out about the N and pretty much pushed me out. So, now I just do what I can on a daily basis. I'm married to a wonderful man who has IH.
He is actually the one who told me when I couldn't stay awake on our dates, that I had a sleep disorder, boy was he right LOL...He's very supportive, drives me when needed, catches me on my way down to the floor, etc.
I fear now that my daughter is starting to show signs of N. She told me she needs an eye test because she can't stay awake while driving. Her eyes are messing with her, she says. HHMMMMM I wonder....
anyways, enough rambling...thanks for listening...
Hey, anyone near Galt, CA? let me know...

Kathie


Hey Kathie, WELCOME TO POSTING. I lurked for a while too laugh.gif , but decided I couldn't help but "talk" with all of the members.


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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:13 PM

Hello Luis wink.gif

I'm glad to hear you are not letting N take over your life. Do you plan on practicing in New York? I live in the Capital region but I have yet to meet anyone in our area (besides my husband) with N. We have some wonderful hospitals in our area happy.gif .

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:16 PM

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What is this AA or something, lol.

Andrew


Hey Andrew, it's nice to meet you.

Not AA Better smile.gif

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 05:55 PM

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Hello Luis wink.gif

I'm glad to hear you are not letting N take over your life. Do you plan on practicing in New York? I live in the Capital region but I have yet to meet anyone in our area (besides my husband) with N. We have some wonderful hospitals in our area happy.gif .


While New York state is lovely, I'm not too fond of cold weather. I'll do my residency anywhere that will take me, but after that I'd like to practice somewhere that's warm enough for at least a small palm tree to grow.