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Re: what is idiopathic hypersomnia?

Posted by Former Couch Crasher on December 31, 2000 at 01:40:39:

In Reply to: Re: what is idiopathic hypersomnia? posted by Lynda on December 29, 2000 at 07:57:04:

yes and no and no...While I was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia based on the results of a sleep test and MSLT (multiple sleep latency test), the diagnosis of idiopathic hypersomnia was made after ruling out the other possible sleep disorders which have a more defined clinical definition. My tests showed that I didn't display the typical patterns associated with narcoleptics, nor did I have a problem with restless legs, attaining the proper levels of sleep, or breathing abnormalities, but they did indicate a greater propensity to sleep, thus the concluded diagnosis was idiopathic hypersomnia.

However, I am not a big fan of the diagnosis. There are several other problems that are often not considered which could cause the greater propensity to sleep in IH cases. Basically, IH is an easy way out in my opinion. I always encourage others with this disorder, and similar disorders for which practitioners don't have an explanation for why they are occuring, to try and find the answers on their own as to why they are having such problems. Many times, problems such as these are purely due to environmental sensitivities, or nutritional deficiencies.

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