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Aug 17, 2012 in the Sleep Disorders Community - 4
Does he have narcolepsy with cataplexy? Or is it without cataplexy? Xyrem is a drug approved for treating narcolepsy with cataplexy, and it's taken at night in two separate doses. It combats one of the most important symptom of narcolepsy, aside from cataplexy: fragmented night-time sleep. Just to give a bit more background in case I'm catchin...
Aug 05, 2012 in the Thyroid Disorders Community - 3
I have this! Only with certain teeth, however (like my canines). It's very annoying and my dentist said it's likely from over-brushing. I didn't question him much about it, and I'm trying to brush more gently, although it's interesting to hear there's a potential link to thyroid disease.
Jul 06, 2012 in the Neurology Community - 8
I had three regular sleep studies with nap studies, and it wasn't until the third one that it was revealed I had narcolepsy. You never know what could happen! I hope for your sake you don't have narcolepsy, but sleep specialists are taught to order multiple sleep studies if they suspect narcolepsy in a patient. Your doctor sounds like she is real...
Jun 29, 2012 in the Thyroid Disorders Community - 15
Ok, so your right lobe is larger than your left lobe, and both have a non-homogenous surface texture (this is usually seen in Hashimoto's disease, which is autoimmune hypothyroidism). The isthmus is just the center portion of your thyroid, and apparently the nodule is located on it. The nodule is very large (look at the dimensions of it compared to your ...
Jun 28, 2012 in the Neurology Community - 5
No problem, I'm glad you were able to treat the problem! Sinus infections are nothing to scoff at, especially if they originated from a bacterial infection of the mouth, so it's important you took care of it immediately. Any facial pain is always worrisome, and deserves to be investigated. Icing the area reduced inflammation, and thus, pain. Feel...
Jun 28, 2012 in the Thyroid Disorders Community - 15
While I don't want to draw conclusions based upon...nothing...but I'm guessing they're referring you to a surgeon within a reasonable time period because from a clinical standpoint, your nodule really needs to be biopsied. Whether this because it's complex (having solid and cystic portions) and/or because it may have appeared "cold&qu...
Jun 27, 2012 in the Neurology Community - 8
That is really strange. So long as you have no other symptoms, I think it's safe to say it's probably associated with narcolepsy. The only way to be sure is to have it checked out by a neurologist. They could order an EMG to evaluate nerve conduction in certain areas that you feel muscle numbness to see what's going on, or an brain MRI if neces...
Jun 21, 2012 in the Thyroid Disorders Community - 15
You're welcome! The radioactive iodine uptake scan won't conclusively reveal if it's benign or malignant; you'll need an ultrasound-guided FNA biopsy for that, which will take a small sample of the mass and allow a pathologist to view and report on the type and number of cells present. The scan will indicate whether the nodule is hot or...
Jun 21, 2012 in the Autoimmune Disorders Community - 2
This sounds like some kind of infection, such as the flu, based upon your symptoms and the sudden onset--especially the headache and nausea. It could even be a mild case of food poisoning, although this typically wouldn't cause muscle aches like a cold/flu would. Also, you don't always have to have a bulls-eye rash upon initial presentation with ...
Jun 21, 2012 in the Neurology Community - 8
Ah, if your symptoms are occurring only when you laugh, it's possible your cataplexy is just worsening. Narcolepsy is a progressive disease, meaning it worsens with age, although some narcoleptics have reported feeling better once they hit their 50's. Is your numbness more like a muscle weakness? Or do your muscles still function, but you can...