It's good you and your mom stood firm because sometimes doctors don't always listen to their patients. >.> These days, with the amount of information out there, patients are more informed than ever and I think some doctors don't realize that.
Yeeaah, over a year for mono would be some kind of medical anomaly. o.O I agree, that's kind of interesting he thought of that as a possibility.
I'm surprised he thought of thinking about mono at first because my sleeping had been going on for over a year, and that's a long time to have mono, haha. I almost didn't get my diagnosis. I'm relieved that I did though. My mother and I knew it was what I had and we were firm on that lol.
Ahaha! I can't remember if I told you or not, but when my doctor was trying to rule things out other than narcolepsy, he had me do bloodwork and I had a minor Vitamin D deficiency. He gave me a prescription for it, and sent me back for more bloodwork to see if it was mono. Haha. After that he gave up and gave me a referral to a sleep specialist, who didn't think it was narcolepsy but had me do the overnight test and nap studies, and was blown off his feet when he saw how bad I was.
Haha. :) Funny you should ask that, since I'm just recovering from another sleeping bout (from 11 Am yesterday to 6 AM this morning). I did go to the doctor and had a blood test and he diagnosed a severe vitamin D deficiency. So I've been taking the vitamin D and it seemed to help for two months and now I'm back to the marathon sleeping. I think it's time to take him up on his referral to the sleep doctor. >.> I put it off because the vitamin D seemed to be working but that was probably a mistake.
Uggggh. 5 hours at night, then slept from 9:30 AM till 8:30PM yesterday (Saturday). It may not be narcolepsy but it sure can't be normal. To all those who think sleeping all day is fun I say it's soo not all it's cracked up to be. >.<
Thanks for telling me about what to expect for the dr. appt. That helps calm my nerves for sure. That's crazy you were even dreaming in class. Wow. I don't know how fast I hit REM but I know that neither my mom or my dad usually remember their dreams at night and I remember all of mine because they're so vivid and frequent.
When I first realized I had a problem I was in high school. I was sleeping for 8 hours, going to class, and sleeping in all of my classes. No only that, but I was DREAMING in class. You're technically not supposed to hit REM until an hour and a half after falling asleep and I was dreaming IN class which was less than 50 minutes. It was so weird. When you go see a sleep neurologist they'll give you a short 1-5 test on several questions based on how your sleeping works/how sleepy you are and it'll give them a general idea as to what you are experiencing. The problem is that narcolepsy is often misdiagnosed without a sleep latency test. Honestly, when my mom and I walked in there and told him I had narcolepsy and described what I was feeling, he said he highly doubted it since getting it genetically from mom is rare. Then my sleep test results came back... He was floored.