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Doctor insights on: Handling Narcolepsy Condition

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Is narcolepsy a genetically inherited medical problem?

Is narcolepsy a genetically inherited medical problem?

Yes for Some People: Most patients with narcolepsy with cataplexy have a genetic marker called hla dqb1*0602. However, many people without narcolepsy also this same marker. As such, simply having the marker is not sufficient to cause the condition. The current thought is that in narcolepsy an infection triggers the immune system to attack cells in the brain which secrete a chemical (orexin) needed to keep you awake. ...Read more

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Narcolepsy (Definition)

A condition characterized by extreme sleepiness every few hours during the day, and ...Read more


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Is sleep apnoea related to Asperger syndrome or dyspraxia?

Is sleep apnoea related to Asperger syndrome or dyspraxia?

No.: There is no association in either direction between sleep apnea and either asperger's disorder or dyspraxia. One can certainly have both, but no causal relationship. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a medical disability?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a medical disability?

No: Almost all people with generalized anxiety disorder can be treated and are able to work and live quality, productive lives. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Sleep disorder: Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder affecting brain chemicals which control sleep patterns, and really involves multiple symptom complexes. It is not a psychiatric disorder in the classical sense, but many psychiatrists could certainly handle the problem and achieve good control. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy genetic?

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Is narcolepsy genetic?

Narcolepsy: Some genes are HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen), TRAC , EIF3G . ...Read more

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Could anxiety disorder has any connection with attention deficit disorder ?

Yes: You could have both and anxiety would make add symptoms worse. Check with a psychiatrist to consider and adjust medications properly if you have both. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Yes.: Generalized anxiety disorder refers to a persistent pattern of worrying about a variety of real or imagined possible bad events that can occur to the point that it interferes with day-to-day functioning. It is quite common, often runs in families, and can be surprisingly debilitating. It also it quite responsive to various treatments, both talk therapies and medications. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Yes and no: In dogs narcolepsy is a genetic disorder. In humans the gene is not sufficient by itself to cause narcolepsy. Something else triggers it, so that only one of a pair of identical twins might have it. We do not know what triggers it, but it could be an infection that triggers an auto-immune response. ...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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How is periodic limb movement disorder (plmd) acquired?

How is periodic limb movement disorder (plmd) acquired?

Unknown: Mostly unknown but some genetic link is suspected in some patients. It can be associated with iron deficiency, renal failure etc. ...Read more

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Is hypothyroidism related to bipolar disorder?

Is hypothyroidism related to bipolar disorder?

Yes: One's thyroid gland is kind of like the body's thermostat. If it is not functioning properly, it can adversely affect a person's mood and cause depression, mania and anxiety. Also, medications given to help a person's mood may not work properly in the face of abnormal thyroid functioning. To make matters even more complicated, lithium (given for bipolar d/o) may cause thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Is Asperger syndrome a medical condition?

Is Asperger syndrome a medical condition?

Yes & NO: It is considered a pervasive developmental disorder. Treatment often involves medication. It also involves behavior therapy. ...Read more

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Which condition is associated with sudden fall in BP with serious jerking, CKD, Psoriasis, DM, HTN?

Which condition is associated with sudden fall in BP with serious jerking, CKD, Psoriasis, DM, HTN?

More than 1 thing: Hi. There is no unifying underlying condition. I suspect the DM and HTN caused the CKD. Assuming you're type 2, the psoriasis is an independent and unrelated disease. Are you conscious with the jerking? If not, it could be a seizure. If so, it could be hypoglycemia from too much insulin (altho can lose consciousness). Falls in BP can be serious, but also, BP does vary throughout day. ...Read more

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Why does diagnosis of sleep apnea exclude diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Especially in cases where CPAP fails to remit daytime sleepiness and lassitude,

Why does diagnosis  of sleep apnea exclude diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Especially  in cases where CPAP fails to remit daytime sleepiness and lassitude,

It doesn't but: Since sleep apnea alone is associated with fatigue, one needs to make sure that this is treated adequately. However, having one condition does not preclude one from having another. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiant disorder a psychiatric condition?

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Is oppositional defiant disorder a psychiatric condition?

ODD: It is a behavioral disorder classified under the psychiatric diagnoses. ...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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Does touretts syndrome and OCD need special accomodations because of deeper neurological issues.?

Does touretts syndrome and OCD need special accomodations because of deeper neurological issues.?

Not necessarily. : Both of those issues can be well- controlled with medication. Is there any suspicion of a learning disorder which would require accommodation? ...Read more

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