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I apologize if I'm not putting this in the right category. Is narcolepsy a condition in which one must fall asleep at random times to be considered a narcoleptic? I've had disabling fatigue for years, and although I am only 22 and male, I complain constantly to other people about how tired I'm feeling. I've tried coming off different medications, and that seems to help some, but then my mental health seems to worsen. However, I am skeptical if it is just the medicines alone I'm taking that have made me tired, the HPA axis problems I've had, or worse case scenario (in my personal view) the development of narcolepsy?

I've had numerous hormonal imbalances with thryoid low, testosterone, low, prolactin high, shbg extremely low, low cortisol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.

It is overwhelming considering how many things I have going on with my health, and it is fatiguing just thinking about what is doing what. It could be meds, hormones, other issues, stress, etc. It'shard


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replied October 6th, 2018
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Answer A64435
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Narcolepsy is characterised by tetrad of cataplexy,
sleep paralysis,excessive day time sleepiness and hypnagogic hallucinations.Your symptoms are consistent with chronic fatigue syndrome. Frequent visits to psychiatrist will be beneficial.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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