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Can you develop narcolepsy after age 40?

Can you develop narcolepsy after age 40?

Yes, you can.: Yes, you can. Although narcolepsy most often begins early in life (teens and 20's), it can begin at any age including in young children and in midde-aged or older people. It causes daytime sleepiness. However, with daytime sleepiness beginning in the 40s, other causes including insufficient sleep and sleep apnea must be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Narcolepsy (Definition)

Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by extreme sleepiness every few hours during the day and frequent, unexpected sleep attacks. This sleep disorder is believed to be caused by a decrease in a protein in the brain. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but its ...Read more


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At age 30 dxd w/narcolepsy. At 31 got Lyme and parvovirus at same time. In 4 yrs since diagnosis w/raynauds, crohns, psa, as and lupus. Could Lyme cause all?

At age 30 dxd w/narcolepsy. At 31 got Lyme and parvovirus at same time. In 4 yrs since diagnosis w/raynauds, crohns, psa, as and lupus. Could Lyme cause all?

Does not make sense: No one could have that many diagnoses. Something is grossly wrong. Start from the beginning and get another opinion. See a rheumatologist (or another rheumatologist). ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy real?

Is narcolepsy real?

Absolutely : Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder. It is caused by a hypocretin deficiency in the hypothalamus. Symptoms include sleepiness, hallucinations, paralysis when laughing. The treatment of narcolepsy has much improved in the last decade. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy inherited?

Is narcolepsy inherited?

Yes: Up to 10% of narcolepsy patients have family members with the illness. Twins have an even higher chance of both having the illness. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy a disability?

Is narcolepsy a disability?

Not usually : Usually we can control daytime sleepiness and cataplexy with meds. Most narcoleptics don't need disability. ...Read more

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What can be done for narcolepsy?

What can be done for narcolepsy?

A lot: There are powerful medications available to make to symptoms of narcolepsy tolerable. A sleep specialist can help you. We hope in the near future to have hypocretin modifying medications available. Trials are currently underway. Ultimately, stem cell therapy may be the cure for the disease. ...Read more

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