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Hello, I'm wondering if I have narcolepsy. The only thing is that I don't suffer from cataplexy, but this constant state of falling asleep is ruining my life. I'm too uncertain to bring it up with my GP, though.

No matter how many hours of sleep I get I'm forcing myself to stay awake. I can't even work. I have very life-like dreams even when I'm napping for half an hour, and I get sleep paralysis very often. I've hallucinated a lot before/after waking up as well. I can end up sleeping for as much as 20 hours and sleep through alarms.

It's really impacting my life. I have a lot of short term memory loss and cannot concentrate, the simplest thing makes me think extremely hard and it's frustrating. I have no idea what it's like to feel awake and functional. I haven't been able to go to work because of it, or even see people.

All recent blood-tests have been perfectly fine.

Could it be narcolepsy? Or something else? I don't know what to think of it without the cataplexy.


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replied October 17th, 2017
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. First common things should be looked for day sleeping like sleep apnea. Consult a sleep disorder specialist and let them run some tests to know for sure what it is.

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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