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Narcolepsy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 19, 2006
  • 07:47 PM

I understand that it is because of low or no hypocretin levels in the brain. I know that they are neurotransmitter released from the hypothalamus, but what else (Physiology aspect) is going on in the brain that causes the sudden sleep attacks or cataplexy????

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  • there is not too much known on the scientific side of this as you will see if you do lots of research on the web. What I have found most interesting searching under Narcolepsy, are the global forums and reading what all teh other sufferers have to say. I realised that I suffer from more symptoms than I thought because the ones described on the scientific websites only describe worst scenario cases and you are inclined to think "thank goodnessI don't have that symptom". Well there are mild symptoms and things that you think of as normal because that is all you know, are actually symptoms of Narcolepsy.Think you don't suffer from the Hallucinigenic (sp?) dreams well... do you dream so vividly that you can see smell hear etc and can tell you dreams in such graphic detail that people are usually surprised how you relate your dreams???? Most people don't dream like that. You have the symptom. They aren't always nightmares and you can sometimes control what you dream. You probably cannot always remember what you dream but you seem to dream all night and are sometimes exhausted or tired from your dreams?? Interesting what you learn on the forums from other sufferers. They are the only ones that you can assemble a base of knowledge about yourself from.
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  • I have just been diagnosed to have narcolepsy and cataplexy. i've looked in to the subject but I can't find much about what to expect in years to come. I'm Male, 36 years old and my cataplexy attacks are triggered by the smallest things like smiling at my son when he does something he's never done before. Just the feeling of pride watching him can cause a full cataplexy attack resulting in complete paralasys for up to 15 minutes although I remain fully concious. Is this condition degenerative? I am now under medication for the narcolepsy and cataplexy but still have the occasional full attack. I'm I going to get worse in years to come? Will i have to increase my medication and if so at what point would it be considered untreatable anymore. I hope someone can help answer my questions because at present i am absolutley petrified of what might happen later in life. Thank you to anyone who can help.
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    • September 13, 2006
    • 07:11 PM
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