Apr 15, 2008
----I am currently 19 years old---
Around the age of 15(Oct) I came down with a severe cold which Doctor’s told me was viral. Narcolepsy symptoms began appearing only a few months later. Within a year I was experiencing all Narcolepsy symptoms including Cataplexy. I have several blood test results, which were taken when I initially began falling ill right up until diagnosis. This is mainly due to the fact that I went to several new Doctor’s throughout this time. It did not take long for me to realize that certain Doctor’s were disregarding what I was actually saying and leading me to believe it was something else. I was very persistent in returning to the Doctor again and again as I was certain something wasn’t right and Narcolepsy was very evident due to my symptoms. Prior to my diagnosis of Narcolepsy I had XL B12 and was receiving B12 injections. My WBC was also H in three consecutive blood tests. The farthest I got with any Doctor was “hypothyroidism” “mono” and “depression” (none of which were true) and months and months of waiting to see specialists.
It was a family friend who was eventually able to get me an appointment at the sleep clinic, where I was later diagnosed with Narcolepsy(Nov Age 16). I would like to share my information with researchers as I have blood results, exact dates of illness and symptom onset and all in nearly a years time period.
Prior to the onset of narcolepsy symptoms I was a very healthy and active and had no prior health problems.