Narcolepsy blood test

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729135 tn?1247495402 My neurologist ordered the genetics test, just a blood test, although now I'm finding that it isn't the only proof. I've had a spinal tap testing for MS, which was messed up, but I hear that that is another way to find out. If I go ahead with the tap again, which is horrible, I will have them test for everything possible. My neurologist just wrote me off saying she can't help me, and made an appt. with a Neuropsychiatrist.
Avatar f tn I am assuming you had an overnight sleep test along with an MSLT nap test to receive this narcolepsy diagnosis. Did you have any other sleep disorders show up? Do you have episodes of cataplexy? My sleep doctor is one who (in general) doesn't entertain a diagnosis of narcolepsy until any other sleep disorders are therapeutically treated, as long term sleep disorders can mimic narcolepsy in some respects.
Avatar m tn myoclonic seizures and Cataplexy sound similar. I have had so many test. All neg. My falls are sudden without warning. Sometimes it follows anger or laughing. But sometimes it seems to be light reflecting. I usually crumble down. I am aware of my surrounds but can not feel my body. I can not move a muscle or talk. I couldn't even tell you if i am breathing. It can last 30 sec to a 1 minutes or more.
Avatar n tn Would many CFS sufferers be classified narcoleptic if they took the appropriate test? Narcolepsy leads back to hippothalmus and lack of production of hypocretin/orexin(?). Seems like all things lead to hippothalmus. Thank you!
11941637 tn?1422287346 s or Lupus, has also been diagnosed with or shown symptoms of Narcolepsy. I have read recently that Narcolepsy has been determined to be auto-immune in nature, and wonder if the presence of one or both of these disorders in my genetics was the cause of my Narcolepsy. Has there been any research done on the subject?
Avatar f tn The diagnosis is made with a specific sleep study called an MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) and certain types of blood tests are available as well. I recommend your son be evaluated by a pediatric sleep speciliast. Regarding your son's tourette's, as you know, this is a treatable condition, and treatment of his co-morbid anxiety and OCD are absolutely necessary.
Avatar n tn if i am actively engaged in something i dont fall asleep but when i am sitting down its almost impossible for me to stay awake unless im mentally stimulated i also feel very tired all the time within a hour or two of waking up i feel exhausted and remain that way throughout the day which is unusual considering im 20 i am a soldier and i workout diet well and get enough sleep.....i have had blood test done for hormone deficiencies and vitamin/mineral deficiencies and everything came back clear .
Avatar m tn First of all, I'm sorry the doctor who ordered your testing didn't go more in depth in explaining the results to you. The information I'm going to give you here is based strictly upon the diagnostic criteria for different conditions; doctors use a combination of test results and diagnostic guidelines AND clinical expertise to reach diagnosis and treatment decisions, so there is no guarantee that this information pertains to your case in particular.
Avatar n tn im surprised the doctor didnt ask if anybody else in your family has it. Anyway, there is a blood test they can do to see if you have the narc gene. You might still need to do a sleep test, but its a start and since your child has it, if you do have the gene they might just dx you with it.
Avatar f tn Although the pt has RLS and PLMS, the arousal associated with these do not likely explain EDS- given a short overall sleep and REM latency, consider narcolepsy clinically. I had 156 arousals, 110 spontaneous, the rest due to limb movement. I also spent most of my sleep time in sleep stages 1 and 2, whith REM episodes scattered randomly. I had no time in stage 3, and when I had REM sleep it was from wake to REM with no progression through the other cycles.
589816 tn?1332976771 This is evident in the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT). Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive day time sleepiness, sleep paralysis, cataplexy where the person has episodes of loss of muscle function while awake, hypnogogic hallucinations and automatic behavior. It can however be regulated with medications. So, ensure that he has them regularly and follow up with your doctor. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Avatar f tn I was reading up about it and this lead me to read about Narcolepsy as Cataplexy is a unique symptom to this condition. I read about the symptoms and I am now afraid that I may be suffering from it. I have very vivid and sometimes lucid dreams and I wake up almost every hour of the night for short spans of time. Sometimes I cannot tell my dreams from reality and I often hear noises and see things during the night that aren't really there.
Avatar f tn i am a 28 year old male who literally just started having the exact symptoms you described about 8 months ago. After several test and doctors visits i was diagnosed with sever narcolepsy, with catalepsy. Its common for the symptoms to come on suddenly between the ages of 15-30. I encourage you to research narcolepsy and if it has the ring of truth go see a neurologist. Also i have been diagnosed with a small pituitary gland tumor witch may be contributing to my symptoms my doctor says unlikely.
Avatar f tn i was wondering if i should be tested for narcolepsy, or if diagnosed with narcolepsy would they prescribe me to something similar to adderrall? if this were the case, being tested would not matter much if they would give me the same medications anyways. I just dont want to be misdiagnosed and on the wrong medication for the rest of my life.
Avatar m tn Yes, narcolepsy can result in disturbed nighttime sleep. Narcolepsy can only be diagnosed with a multiple sleep latency test during the day (usually preceded by an all night sleep study). Dr.
Avatar f tn feeling I have also had enormous trouble with sleep-which has just been diagnosed as Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, which could explain some of the fainting spells. I have had 5 lumbar punctures, which have indicated elevated incracranial pressure (ranging from 19-24 opening pressure), but the CSF fluid all came back clean-0 cell count in the fluid). The headache was temporarily relieved following the spinal taps, but only for about 24 hrs.
1745492 tn?1320198340 My husband was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy about 5 years ago and the narcolepsy is under control with 200 mg of Provigil. He had hypnogogic hallucinations, body jerks when falling sleep, imaginary conversations with no one, talked in his sleep, fell asleep driving, talking and even in activities you'd never imagine a male would fall asleep. He appears to always have had it since about puberty but it got worse as his sleep apnea did.
Avatar f tn The treatments for Bell's palsy are essentially providing an anti-inflammatory and watchful waiting. Often a steroid is prescibed. The etiology varies. Usually this is viral, and often due to a herpes zoster inflection. Vitamin C to bowel tolerance is one treatment. Anti viral meds areThere are other possibilities, including a neuroma and an MRI might be considered. In addition check your blood sugar levels and obtain an Hba1c test, which is very inexpensive.
427801 tn?1203844562 So for anyone who is falling asleep, and can’t control it, and doesn’t know why there is a blood test for narcolepsy. I would recommend it. If you are positive, you will have a marker on your blood cell.
867808 tn?1239482070 ve had a couple sleep studies done and they were never able to find anything. I did have the narcolepsy test done and I never fell asleep or went into REM sleep. So they ruled out narcolepsy. Do you have to go through REM sleep to have narcolepsy? I would really like to find a cure.
1764925 tn?1370785147 There is more of REM sleep in your nighttime sleep study; hence the doctors have tried to rule out narcolepsy, which causes excessive sleepiness. Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive day time sleepiness, sleep paralysis, cataplexy where the person has episodes of loss of muscle function while awake, hypnogogic hallucinations and automatic behavior.
Avatar n tn I had a blood test this week because my husband had an outbreak of Herpes. I have never had any outbreak or other noted symptoms. My questions: 1) If the Bell's Palsy is due to Herpes which has always been dormant, can it later cause more damage to the nerve.
867808 tn?1239482070 I have been to a sleep doctor and had a sleep test done overnight and during the day when I take naps. They noticed that after about 10 minutes into my nap I was already in REM sleep, and they immediately diagnosed me with narcolepsy, which makes no sense at all since I don't just randomly fall asleep wherever I am. So we went to other doctors to see what they had to say, and basically would just hand over some pills to me that never helped me at all.
Avatar f tn s and definitely not pregnant. I have had a few blood tests, urine tests which showed blood and a CT scan on my kidney and also a ultra sound; no cysts on my ovaries. My white blood cells where a high count so they initially thought it was a uti but later concluded it wasn't and discharged me from hospital with a 'undiagnosed abdominal pain'. The doctors aren't doing much at all. If someone out there can give me and help or advise I will be most grateful.
Avatar m tn Also l get very bad drowsiness on and off and when this happens the weakness in my legs seems to get worse.l have had a muscle function test which was ok and various blood tests also ok l had an mri scan of my spine and that was also ok,any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.