narcolepsy and thyroid
Posted 24 October 2007 - 04:40 PM
Posted 26 October 2007 - 01:41 AM
Posted 26 October 2007 - 10:53 AM
Gluten intolerance and thyroid issues are well correlated.
Posted 27 October 2007 - 08:20 PM
Posted 10 January 2008 - 05:56 PM
As for a relationship between Narcolepsy and thyroid issues, I don't know. Kmara, if you have tested low, then you should really consider taking meds. They are really cheap, and can make a world of difference, with little or no side effects. I no longer have depression or anxiety problems, and my tummy works well without the problems I used to have.
Heidi L- Perhaps I should visit my recomended website (myspecialdiet.com) and start eating gluten free to see if that helps too.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:23 PM
Thyroid is one thing the doctors chase down before even thinking about a sleep disorder, so it might be common for us to have been treated for low thyroid in the past.
Another thing that may have been the wrong (or overlapping) diagnosis for you before the narcolepsy was diagnosed is depression. I have been treated for depression since the 80's because sleeping excessively is a sign of depression. Of course I was depressed too, after a while living with narcolepsy, who wouldn't be? But what came first…Narcolepsy or the depression? I think Narcolepsy did with me, and I have now been conditioned over the past 20 years toward depression. Although I could see how narcolepsy could mess with a persons serotonin and other chemical balances. Prozac proved helpful, but never cured me.
And finally, besides thyroid and depression, there was ADD. Another look-alike, I was treated semi-successfully for ADD with adderal (sp?) but speed and caffeine makes me too jumpy. I actually crash and fall asleep if I'm over-amped. This, it seemed, was ‘proof’ to them that I had ADD. With narcolepsy, it is very hard to concentrate and stay on task, plus, the ability is there to hyper-focus when you are finally working on something you are highly interested in. Provigil helps me a lot.
What other misdiagnosed or overlapping conditions have you been told you have, previously to the "AH-HA!" of a narcolepsy diagnosis?