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medical question... possible correlation??

I was recently diagnosed with narcolepsy. No, I don't pass out everywhere, like most might think (or in some cases actually experience) but I have other symptoms which while sitting down with my sleep doctor, I have had confirmed are caused by my narcolepsy. I was reading more online about the disorder and found info that it is connected to a disruption in the hypothalimus which causes the brain to never really register the sensation of being rested... it is in this same spot that the sensation of hunger is controlled as well... my question is could there be a correlation between the narcolepsy and overeating, could there be a dissruption in both sensations? I never really feel full until I am stuffed and physically hurting and always feel hungery, or atleast that I am not full. Thanks for any help. I was going to ask about this at my next follow up, but wanted to see if it was just me.

Fri. Nov 23, 5:10pm

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I sure don't know, but I don't see why not. I'm glad your gonna ask. Let us know what he says.

Friday, November 23, 2007, 7:06 PM

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please keep us updated, this is interesting.

Friday, November 23, 2007, 8:47 PM

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Well, sleep and appetite (and sex drive) are all controlled in the hypothalamus by a neurotransmitter called serotonin. It is produced when you eat, especially carbs, turkey, milk, etc. Serotonin makes you feel satisfied, sleepy and happy (too little serotonin is related to depression). That's why sometimes after a big meal, you feel sleepy.

So... if your serotonin production is messed up, it could be affecting your sleep patterns, as well as you're appetite. So it could absolutely be linked.

Friday, November 23, 2007, 10:47 PM

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Is it possible that you're just used to eating until you're stuffed, so that when you're not stuffed you don't feel satisfied?

Friday, November 23, 2007, 11:41 PM

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OP here...

"Is it possible that you're just used to eating until you're stuffed, so that when you're not stuffed you don't feel satisfied?"

Absolutely... anything is possible. Trust me, I am not trying to make excuses.

Saturday, November 24, 2007, 12:04 AM

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