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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Cataplexy (Overview)

The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a daytime rem sleep-like situation.


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When someone has a cataplexy attack, can they vocalize (like moaning)?

When someone has a cataplexy attack, can they vocalize (like moaning)?

Cataplexy: Is a sudden and transient episode of loss of muscle tone accompanied by full conscious awareness, often triggered by strong emotions such as laughing, crying, or being scared. Speech is often slurred, but vocalization is possible unless there is total collapse, but it usually only lasts for a short time with complete recovery from seconds to minutes. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Cataplexy (Overview)

The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a daytime rem sleep-like situation.


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What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

Cataplexy: Loss of muscle tone can present with sagging jaw, arm weakness, slumping shoulders, drooping head, slurred speech, generalized weakness. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cataplexy?

What are the signs of cataplexy?

SLEEP DISORDER: Narcolepsy and cataplexy are very much associated. There are daytime irresistable sleep attacks, florid nitemares, and sleep paralysis on awakening. The cataplexy involves a sudden loss of muscle tone and collapse with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. Sleep studies can help confirm a diagnosis. Treatment can be very successful. ...Read more

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I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

Need more info: Narcolepsy is a condition where wake and sleep states get mixed up. This leads to disrupted nocturnal sleep and intrusion of sleep during daytime leading to excessive daytime sleepiness. Cataplexy is phenomenon where certain muscles of the body become very weak. This is a state seen in rem sleep and ca intrude into wake state. Not all narcoleptics have cataplexy. ...Read more

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Why does a gluten free diet help reduce narcolepsy and cataplexy symptoms for some narcoleptics even if tests show they have no gluten sensitivities?

Why does a gluten free diet help reduce narcolepsy and cataplexy symptoms for some narcoleptics even if tests show they have no gluten sensitivities?

It probably doesn't.: I don't believe that a gluten-free diet would treat narcolepsy. A thorough search on pubmed did not reveal any publications demonstrating a connection between narcolepsy or cataplexy and gluten consumption. It is possible that by adopting a gluten-free diet, one might also consume fewer simple carbohydrates, and that could reduce reactive hypoglycemia (which can make you feel tired). ...Read more

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I am a narcoleptic with cataplexy. Does that mean I am leptin resistant and need to take leptin supplements or go on a leptin diet?

I am a narcoleptic with cataplexy. Does that mean I am leptin resistant and need to take leptin supplements or go on a leptin diet?

No....: The "leptic" in narcoleptic does not stand for "leptin". The full name of the condition is narcolepsy and it is characterized by the sudden onset of sleep. There are treatments available so be sure to follow up with the doctor who diagnosed you. ...Read more

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Does anyone treat cataplexy?

Does anyone treat cataplexy?

Definitely: Cataplexy can be a disabling symptom of narolepsy. So if it is prominent or bothersome treatment is indicated. There are a number of anticataplectic medications and particularly one medication that has been specifically approved for narcolepsy with cataplexy. Need to see board certified sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any effective herbal treatment for cataplexy?

Are there any effective herbal treatment for cataplexy?

No: Cataplexy is tougher to treat than the narcolepsy daytime treatment, and, so far, xyrem seems to be the best approach, although some patients respond to nuvigil, pro vigil, or ritalin (methylphenidate). There is no known otc treatment so far. ...Read more

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How can I treat cataplexy?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Cataplexy: Medications such as Xyrem & Antdepressants.

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Does anyone treat cataplexy?

Definitely: Cataplexy can be a disabling symptom of narolepsy. So if it is prominent or bothersome treatment is indicated. There are a number of anticataplectic medications and particularly one medication that has been specifically approved for narcolepsy with cataplexy. Need to see board certified sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cataplexy?

SLEEP DISORDER: Narcolepsy and cataplexy are very much associated. There are daytime irresistable sleep attacks, florid nitemares, and sleep paralysis on awakening. The cataplexy involves a sudden loss of muscle tone and collapse with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. Sleep studies can help confirm a diagnosis. Treatment can be very successful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

Cataplexy: Loss of muscle tone can present with sagging jaw, arm weakness, slumping shoulders, drooping head, slurred speech, generalized weakness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cataplexy?

What is the definition or description of: cataplexy?

Narcolepsy: The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a daytime rem sleep-like situation. ...Read more

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When someone has a cataplexy attack, can they vocalize (like moaning)?

Cataplexy: Is a sudden and transient episode of loss of muscle tone accompanied by full conscious awareness, often triggered by strong emotions such as laughing, crying, or being scared. Speech is often slurred, but vocalization is possible unless there is total collapse, but it usually only lasts for a short time with complete recovery from seconds to minutes. ...Read more

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Can you have only one episode of cataplexy and then never have it again?

Can you have only one episode of cataplexy and then never have it again?

Cataplexy: Very unusual. I have heard of attacks decreasing with age, but never a single attack. ...Read more

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New onset cataplexy attacks. What are the next steps?

New onset cataplexy attacks. What are the next steps?

See your doctor: Cataplexy is the sudden loss of muscle tone often triggered by strong emotions such as laughter, surprise, crying. It is a condition associated with narcolepsy. Cataplexy attacks can be mistaken for seizures. If you are having these types of spells, see your doctor and let them know your concerns. Treatment is available to help lessen the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cataplexy attacks?

What is the definition or description of: Cataplexy attacks?

Cataplexy attacks: Cataplexy attacks = sudden onset but brief bouts of marked muscle weakness which can cause someone to collapse. These may be related to narcolepsy or strong emotions. ...Read more

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How long after first episode of narcolepsy appear cataplexy?

How long after first episode of narcolepsy appear cataplexy?

Depends: Approximately 30% of narcoleptics do not experience cataplexy, making the diagnosis of narcolepsy a bit more difficult. Have you seen a neurology sleep specialist and undergone a sleep study? If not, see your physician in order to discuss your symptoms. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm , http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/slpst/ ...Read more