Having a diagnosis of narcolepsy can bring some complications such as getting insurance, possible driving restrictions, etc. However, the truth is the truth and I personally would want to know and be treated specifically for it. But you may want to get your business in order first, such as know what the legalities are in your state, and have an insurance plan in place that is not temporary.
Ideally you would have an overnight sleep study followed by an all day nap study to be assessed for narcolepsy. It is possible to have other sleep disorders that result in symptoms that mimick narcolepsy. That happened with me. I may still have a mild case of narcolepsy, but the worst of the symptoms have responded to treatment of the other disorders.
I personally would want to know if I was in danger of having a sleep attack and hurting myself or someone else. Keep in mind that once you seek a doctor's advice for possible narcolepsy it can become a pre-existing condition. Maybe you'd benefit from going to a sleep forum and asking in the narcolepsy section what treatments are being used these days, or if Adderall is the treatment of choice.
Narcolepsy is a neurological condition most characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness even after adequate night time sleep. Other manifestations are : cataplexy or episodic loss of muscle function; sleep paralysis or temporary inability to talk or move when waking, hypnagogic hallucinations, and automatic behavior. Hypnagogic hallucinations are vivid, often frightening, dreamlike experiences that occur while dozing, falling asleep and/or while awakening. While automatic behavior means that a person continues to function during sleep episodes but awakens with no memory of performing such activities. Diagnosis is relatively easy when all the symptoms of narcolepsy are present.Two tests that are commonly used in diagnosing narcolepsy are the polysomnogram and the multiple sleep latency test which are usually performed by a sleep specialist. The drowsiness is normally treated using amphetamine-like stimulants. Learning as much about narcolepsy as possible and finding a support system can help patients and families deal with the practical and emotional effects of the disorder, and situations that might cause injury. This link may be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy
It would be best to see your doctor for definite diagnosis an proper management. Take care and keep us posted.
and proper management.