Treatment of narcolepsy in children

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535822 tn?1443976780 A new review published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE confirms that Pandemrix, a swine flu vaccine produced by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is responsible for causing an up to 1700 percent increase in narcolepsy among children and teenagers under 17 years of age. Based on their findings, a cohort of scientists has determined that narcolepsy rates increased significantly following mass vaccination campaigns with Pandemrix.
589816 tn?1332976771 Recently the whooping cough vaccine has been shown to be the cause of an outbreak of Narcolepsy in children , do some research there was a report done on findings recently ..
Avatar f tn The pill is not my treatment, they are only to aid me in being more alert during the course of the day. My treatment is getting a solid ten hours of sleep and keeping to a sleep schedule. So it appears I will have to learn to miss out on some of life.
Avatar f tn Hello, Lifestyle treatment of narcolepsy includes taking three or more scheduled naps throughout the day. Patients should also avoid heavy meals and alcohol, which can interfere with sleep. Drugs which have been used for narcolepsy are Modafinil (Provigil) or Armodafinil. You should try the lifestyle measures first before going in for medicines.
Avatar f tn You may get lot more information regarding the cause, symptoms, necessary investigations and treatment of narcolepsy as you go through this link: Are you suffering from narcolepsy? Take care and share your thoughts.
Avatar f tn Diagnosis is relatively easy when all the symptoms of narcolepsy are present.Two tests that are commonly used in diagnosing narcolepsy are the polysomnogram and the multiple sleep latency test which are usually performed by a sleep specialist. The drowsiness is normally treated using amphetamine-like stimulants.
Avatar f tn The vast majority of doctors have absolutely no idea what it is or what it looks like, and no routine lab tests, MRI, CT scan, x-ray or anything of that nature will detect it. 75% of people with narcolepsy never get diagnosed in their lifetime. It doesn't look the way you think it looks. Common misdiagnoses are depression, epilepsy, and migraines. I struggled for years to find an answer, and was misdiagnosed several times.
Avatar f tn It can be caused by viruses or certain vaccines (for example, H1N1 vaccine was notorious for causing a swath of narcolepsy cases in children). I believe I am genetically predisposed and contracted narcolepsy after either my MMR or my T/D vaccine when I was a young teenager.
1287446 tn?1313947638 The essential features of sleepiness in narcolepsy is irresistible attacks of refreshing sleep that occur almost daily (at least 3x per week) over at least 3 months. Narcolepsy generally produces cataplexy, which most commonly presents as brief episodes (seconds to minutes) of sudden, bilateral loss of muscle tone precipitated by emotions, typically laughing and joking.
Avatar f tn symptoms disappeared with some quality sleep over time. A diagnosis of narcolepsy can radically affect your life in regards to driving license rights and insurability. I wouldn't accept that label until there's nothing else to do to help your symptoms. Then after that, it is what it is.
149081 tn?1242397832 t increase my meds because he does not believe my symptoms are thyroid. I also have Narcolepsy so symptoms of fatigue and brain fog do flow in a gray area for thyroid treatment. My latest labs are as follows: TSH - 2.15 range for this lab is .47 - 5.0 FT4- 0.58 range 0.64 - 1.
Avatar n tn Wow! That's quite the stew of issues you're dealing with. If it was just depression or some form of anxiety, then I'd say you were in the right forum, but there are too many other conditions that aren't related. In my humble opinion I would suggest taking this post to your PCP and have a long discussion about what's going on. None of us here is qualified to give you the kind of answers or reassurance you're seeking.
Avatar f tn 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. However i have read numerous reports relating pituitary gland tumors with excessive sleepiness.
535822 tn?1443976780 That is why I am very much in favor of all children in the public school receiving mandatory vaccines...100% of them. I do not agree it is the "mindless pushing of vaccines". I think we forget how many people died of horrible diseases prior to the availability of vaccines. Most people my age have never seen the death's caused by horrific disease.
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 f tn If only a portion of actual cases were recognized and reported, the risk Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) - Dexedrine is used for treating attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity in children. It is also used to treat a type of sleep disorder (narcolepsy). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Dexedrine is an amphetamine. Exactly how Dexedrine works is not known.
Avatar f tn What did the MRI show? What type of doctor is treating you for the headaches? Have you discussed with your doctor about narcolepsy and options available to you for treatment? There are other medications available besides the one you are taking? Have you had a sleep study done in the past to confirm your diagnosis?
729135 tn?1247495402 I have a genetics dx of Narcolepsy, I do not have cataplexy. My MSLTs say I have Idiopathic Hypersomnia. The genetic panel says positive for HLA-DR2, DR7 and HLA DQ1, and DQ2. It also says that hypersomnolence does not have a genetic association. During my MSLT, my sleep latency naps were 2, 1.1, 3.1, and 3.1. During the 2nd nap, (<1) I didn't think I feel asleep because I was thinking about falling asleep, The test said no REM in any naps. Do I have narcolepsy or hypersomnia?
Avatar f tn You need to find a sleep center with expertise in narcolepsy where you can be evaluated and treated. Dr.
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 n tn memory problems, insomnia symptoms, chronic pain, taste hallucinations, smell hallucinations, visual hallucinations, and twitchy feelings and weakness and paralysis in muscles are actually very characteristic of narcolepsy with cataplexy. In fact, often times, people don't have "Bells Palsy," but cataplexy. Viruses and some vaccines (namely the H1N1) can actually precipitate this, but it can happen seemingly in random fashion, too.
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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.
612876 tn?1355514495 The sleep specialist said that narcolepsy and dysautonomia are mediated in some of the same parts of the brain, and for reasons that aren't yet completely understood, people who have one tend to have higher rates of the other than healthy people. He said that this will make treatment of both disorders more complicated, obviously. But I am just so excited to have an answer finally!
Avatar f tn ve described is consistent with my symptoms, and my most recent MSLT--my third one in 4 years--finally indicated that I had sleep-onset REM periods in 3/5 naps, even though I had fallen asleep during every single one of my naps in all three of my MSLTs but never had any SOREMs before.
4592241 tn?1359813138 ve been recovering from, and you went through hell and back to get off of? What are the chances of addiction to narcolepsy medication? These are questions he should answer for you. Don't be afraid Deana, you're clean now! Your Doctor will view you as protecting your sobriety. As far as cheating? Not sure you go to NA. If you do, the basic text has info about that subject on pages 102 and 103. It deals with pain meds pretty much.
Avatar m tn memory problems, insomnia symptoms, chronic pain, and twitchy feelings in muscles are actually very characteristic of narcolepsy with cataplexy, and it can be exacerbated by the hormone shifts that happen with menstrual cycles. In fact, often times, people don't have "Bells Palsy," but cataplexy. Viruses and some vaccines (namely the H1N1) can actually precipitate this, but it can happen seemingly in random fashion, too.
Avatar f tn Sleep paralysis is a very common feature of narcolepsy. How old are you? I was convinced I had narcolepsy when I went but I ended up having periodic limb movement disorder. It's where you kick your legs and move your arms all night long. Every time I would get into REM, I would kick my legs or move my arms and it would jerk me out of it. That's what caused me to remember my dreams vividly. I would wake up mid REM cycle.
Avatar f tn Maybe you need to talk to your PCP about having a sleep latiencey test. Well testthe kind of sleep you are in while you sleep can test for Narcopelsy how long has this been a problem? I have been diagnosed my self with narcolepsy. Can fall asleep any where anytime!
Avatar m tn The vast majority of doctors have absolutely no idea what it is or what it looks like, and no routine lab tests, MRI, CT scan, x-ray or anything of that nature will detect it. 75% of people with narcolepsy never get diagnosed in their lifetime. I was tested for epilepsy, migraines, MS, all kinds of things. But nope, it turned out to be narcolepsy!! Get seen by a sleep center!