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Cataplexy? Ritch

Posted by IsoM on February 16, 2002, at 22:17:30

In reply to Re: Dexedrine/Provigil Tolerance? IsoM, posted by Ritch on February 16, 2002, at 21:35:59

> > "...I tend to have spells of laughter. Sometimes the laughter spells involve loss of consciousness (a few seconds). For example, if someone tells me a really good joke and I respond with some laughter I will see *spots* in my eyes and I will sometimes fall to the floor. Does this not sound like the *cataplexy* involved with narcolepsy??"

Not really. I'm definitely no expert on narcolepsy but if symptoms are characteristc, I'd think it's a good chance that whoever had them would also have narcolepsy. But this doesn't sound like it. It's not so much as falling unconscious as sudden, unexpected emotion (a shock, crying, laughter can trigger the cataplexy part causing muscle weakness ranging from just wobbly muscles to complete loss of control (fall down, lose consciousness)

There's generally a tetrad of symptoms with narcolepsy. Here's a site on it, one of the best, I think:

Even if it doesn't sound like cataplexy to me (like I said - I'm no expert), check out to see if anything else related to your sleep sounds like it. If it does, you might want to check it out with a doctor who really recognises narcolepsy. Too many still think you have to fall over into an immediate sleep to qualify. Otherwise, I'm sorry to tell you but I'm baffled - haven't heard anything like this of yours.




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