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Narcolepsy

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Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder with no known cause. The main characteristic of narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness, even after adequate sleep during the night.

A person with narcolepsy is likely to become drowsy or to fall asleep, often at inappropriate times and places. Daytime sleep attacks may be irresistible and occur with or without warning; these attacks can occur repeatedly in a single day. Drowsiness may persist for prolonged periods of time.  In addition, nighttime sleep may be fragmented with frequent awakenings.

Three other classic symptoms of narcolepsy, which may not occur in all patients, are:

  • Cataplexy: Sudden episodes of loss of muscle function, ranging from slight weakness (such as limpness at the neck or knees, sagging facial muscles, or inability to speak clearly), to complete body collapse attacks may be triggered by sudden emotional reactions such as laughter, anger, or fear and may last from a few seconds to several minutes. The person remains conscious throughout the episode
  • Sleep paralysis: Temporary inability to talk or move when falling asleep or waking up. It may last from a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Hypnagogic hallucinations: Vivid, often frightening, dream-like experiences that occur while dozing or falling asleep.
  • Daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations: Can also occur in people who do not have narcolepsy

In most cases, the first symptom of narcolepsy is excessive and overwhelming daytime sleepiness. The other symptoms may begin alone or in combination months or years after the onset of the daytime sleep attacks.

There are wide variations in the development, severity, and order of appearance of cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations in individuals.  Only about 20 to 25 percent of people with narcolepsy experience all four symptoms.  The excessive daytime sleepiness generally persists throughout life, but sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations may not.

The symptoms of narcolepsy, especially the excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, often become severe enough to cause serious disruptions in a person’s social, personal, and professional lives and severely limit activities.

You should be checked for narcolepsy if:

  • You often feel excessively and overwhelmingly sleepy during the day, even after having had a full night’s sleep
  • You fall asleep when you do not intend to, such as while having dinner, talking, driving, or working
  • You collapse suddenly or your neck muscles feel too weak to hold up your head when you laugh, become angry, surprised or shocked
  • You find yourself briefly unable to talk or move while falling asleep or waking up

Although it is estimated that narcolepsy afflicts as many as 200,000 Americans, fewer than 50,000 are diagnosed. It is as widespread as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis and more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis, but it is less well known. Narcolepsy is often mistaken for depression, epilepsy or the side effects of medications.

Narcolepsy can occur in both men and women at any age, although its symptoms are usually first noticed in teenagers or young adults. There is strong evidence that narcolepsy may run in families; eight to 12 percent of people with narcolepsy have a close relative with the disease. Columbus Sleep Consultants has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy.

Note: This information is from the NIH web site. Please visit www.nih.gov for further details.

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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
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    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
    Alicia grey
    Amy winehouse
  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
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