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Narcoleptic diabetic...I need energy!

By January 23, 2012 - 12:27pm
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I was diagnosed with type II diabetes and narcolepsy about three years ago. I am only 26; I weigh 125lbs and always eat healthy and exercise regularly. My diabetes is completely diet controlled. I understand that I have two illnesses that are working against my energy level, but is there anything in particular that I can try to boost my energy? I currently take a handful of vitamins and it does nothing for my energy. I have tried Nuvigil and Provigil but neither had any effect. I do not want to resort to taking Ritalin which has been suggested by my doctor. Is there anything that anyone can suggest?

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I have no trouble sleeping or falling asleep. I get plenty of rest, I just never feel completely awake.

January 24, 2012 - 9:11am

Trying to cope with two major conditions is quite a challenge. Glad to hear that you are able to control your type 2 diabetes with diet.

As you well know, excessive daytime sleepiness is most consistently experienced by almost all individuals with narcolepsy.

I can appreciate your reluctance to take Ritalin, but doctors often prescribe central nervous system alerting agents such as modafin, and  amphetamine-like stimulants, such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), to alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness.

Some behavioral strategies that can help:

maintaining a regular sleep schedule

avoiding alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages for several hours before bedtime

avoiding smoking, especially at night

maintaining a comfortable, adequately warmed bedroom

engaging in relaxing activities such as a warm bath before bedtime

Exercising for at least 20 minutes per day at least 4 or 5 hours before bedtime also improves sleep quality.

I don't know if you have tried any of these things,





January 23, 2012 - 5:29pm
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