Sunday, March 18, 2012
It's been nearly three years since I gave an update on my struggle for sleep. In that time, I've still never felt rested. Working the graveyard shift during that time didn't help much.
Now my sleep specialist, Dr. Michael Lucia, thinks he knows why. He believes I was misdiagnosed years ago with depression, when it was really narcolepsy. And that's on top of my sleep apnea. Makes sense in that sleepy people aren't usually happy people. My most recent bloodwork lends credence to this theory, but I'll need (you guessed it) another sleep study to find out for sure. This one will even extend into the daytime.
As a result, I've had to stop taking Celexa, and I'm feeling the withdrawal effects (I said my use of Celexa and Ambien was like, as Steven Wright put it, putting a humidifier and a dehumidifier in the same room and letting them fight it out). Dr. Lucia also prescribed for me the stimulant Nuvigil, but that too has side effects that forced me to stop taking it. Frankly, I wouldn't mind getting off as many meds as I can; Lucia even wants me to dump the Ambien eventually. That usually makes me feel hung over, so I approve of that also.
Posted by Paul at 3/18/2012 01:05:00 AM