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I'm 19 years old. Since I was little I have suffered a few things: Firstly, I have narcolepsy, and suffer from sleep paralysis. I also get dizziness and fainting spells (although sometimes I can still see just not move) as well as anemia (which I understand is common). On top of that I get bouts of terrible chest pain on my right side when I can't breathe properly, migraines and at times my heart beats irregularly. I was a premature baby and suffered jaundice when I was young, but that's it really. I have gone to the GP about all these problems, the doctors have been treating them as separate issues and I worry that they may all be linked. When I last said this to my GP he told me I might be a hypochondriac and it's all due to stress, which I don't believe. I don't really want keep having it at the back of my mind, should I just forget it or pursue my case further with a different doctor?


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replied December 11th, 2013
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Thank you for your question. I cannot judge your doctors because I don't know them. You have to make your judgement. Regarding connection of narcolepsy with the rest of your symptoms: it is unlikely. Overall abnormal sleep structure in narcolepsy can make anxiety disorder and migraine worse but it is not the cause. If you have attacks with loss of muscle tone while awake it is probably cataplexy, a common symptom of narcolepsy. If you have narcolepsy diagnosed, why it is not treated then? Some antidepressants may help you with both narcolepsy and anxiety at the same time. You probably have to be managed by someone who is specializing in sleep disorders. By Andre Strizhak


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