I'm new to this forum, and also new to sleep disorders in general. I'm here to share my life story with all of you, hoping that you can shed some light on my situation.
As long as I can remember, I've been tired. All day, every day. I nap a few times daily, and then sleep a full 10 hours every night. My mother always brought me to the doctor about my "chronic tiredness" and they would say that nothing is wrong. I've had blood tests done for anemia and tyroid problems every year of my life to make sure nothing is wrong with me. At some point, I decided that it is normal to be tired. I joined the military, and just pushed on. I brought up my issue again with a military doctor, who told me it was all in my head. The next doctor told me I was depressed and put me on Prozac and Welbutrin. These antidepressants don't help my tiredness at all. I feel happy all day, but I'm still exhausted.
After reading through this forum, I have realized that constant tiredness is not normal. I went back to my doctor, and had her give me the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, score of 21. The doctor thinks I have Sleep Apnea, since I sleep so much and never feel well rested. She also took into account that I had a sister die of SIDs. She sheduled me for a PSG, which sadly, won't happen until mid-January. She didn't even mention Narcolepsy, which worries me. After reading on this forum, I feel like my symptoms are more in line with Narcolepsy than anything else I've read. I read everyone's posts about their various symptoms, and find myself constantly thinking, "I do that too!".
Is it bad that I want to be diagnosed with something, ANYTHING, that can explain why I can't lead a normal 22-year-old's life? I have a great job in a Marketing department, which I love, but I can't concentrate during the day. I have to write everything down in meetings, and then I forget where I put the notes! My boss and coworkers get frustrated with me, because my short term memory is really poor. I can't go out on the weekends with my friends, because I fall asleep in bars and clubs. I can't go to the movies with my husband because I fall asleep. I just want, (need) something to change.
If anyone has any advice on relieving my daytime exhaustion while I wait for my overnight PSG, please share it. Also, if the PSG comes back normal, should I request an MSLT?
Thank you all for reading this, and I hope you have a wonderful day!