Depression or Narcolepsy?
Posted 28 April 2008 - 07:27 AM
On my last visit I explained to the doc how the addition of the AD helped my mood to stabalize therefore causing less cataplexy. I also have less pain in my neck. When the visit was finished he filled out a slip for the receptionist for my visit and I noticed instead of putting N as the dx he now had depression. He was already in with another patient by the time i noticed this so i could not ask him if he totally chnged the dx or jjust added another. I don't know what to make of it.
What do I do now? I thought cataplexy was a definate for a N dx- My mlst did not show rem but I did fall asleep in less than 7 minutes for each of the 5 naps.
How would you handle this?
Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:22 PM
Tell your psych that it's more common that N gets wrongly diagnosed as bipolar ,depression, and epilepsy...and that he better be sure of HIS diagnosis.
What if the meds your taking stop working? I'll look into my magic crystal ball and tell you EXACTLY what your Psych would say...I'm predicting he'd either say, "Oh...well the dosage might not be affective" or "Well, let's try another medication"
Besides making Tom Cruise look sane, many Psychs ignore you when you tell them things like, "I pass out when I laugh" or "My sleeping habits ar very abnormal". They don't care. They don't push the drugs that fix THOSE problems.
If you were diagnosed with "N", you are narcoleptic. *look out, opinion coming straight from personal experience* Does you psychiatrist address your narcolepsy, other than pish-posh it away? They think they can cure everything with their magic beans...
What makes his coat whiter? *okay...I'll get off the soap box*
Personally, I'd find someone that knew what narcolepsy is.
Sorry about the opinion...I've had my life turned upside down by psychiatrist who think they walk on water.
Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:40 PM
Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:40 PM
Stu; Actually it was the psychiatrist who diagnosed me with N. All the other doctors including my sleep doctor wanted to treat me for bipolar. The last straw was an arrogant Neurologist who told me I was under too much stress and that I should stop searching for a white elephant! So I have alot of faith in the psych for treating my N.
Glad to know; You were right! I decided to call the office and find out the scoop. They explained that since a prescription for anti-d was given they used the depression dx for that specific visit and that they did not change the N dx just added another one to my file.
I fought so long and hard and even had surgery to find this answer and the thought of anything new would set me back to square one when I had no clue what was happening and honestly fearing I had alzheimers. I should have waited for an answer from the doc instead of "thinking" too much.
Thanks again for your responses.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:56 PM
Sorry again about the shouting. Like I said...It got me pretty good.
Gladtoknow...Glad you know!