Narcolepsy Support Group

A sleep disorder (somnipathy) is a disorder in the sleep patterns of a person or animal. Some sleep disorders can interfere with mental and emotional function. If you are having trouble falling asleep or having some other kind of sleep disturbance, this group is for you.

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Amitriptyline

I went to my GP for the first time last week,and told her about the sleep paralysis, hallucinations, heightened sensitivity to sound, irritability, etc.(or tried anyway!) & she prescribed Amitriptyline, as she thinks I have depression, probably because I became a bit emotional. It wasn\'t a great consultation - she seemed irritable & offered the med, then withdrew it when I told her there was a history of heart disease in my family, but then I asked her to prescribe it, because I thought she might be right & wasn\'t very together really. I asked her to refer me to a sleep clinic, which I think she has done, but I don\'t know whether to take the amitriptyline or not. If I do, will it affect any sleep study? I told a friend about it,& she thinks I should take it, but I can tell she thinks I have depression rather than a sleep disorder. I know you can\'t tell me whether take it or not, but I just feel I have been prescribed it for the wrong reasons.

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If nothing else if you take the Amitriptyline at bedtime it will help you sleep. No matter what you take for sleep or any stimulants you take during the day, you most likely will have to stop taking them 3-5 days before a sleep studiy. She may have prescribed this med. for all the wrong reasons, but they may help you a bit anyway. And of course you are right, we can not tell you to take them or not,just follow your own insticts on that.
Cheri
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I don\'t have any advise for you, but oh my G.. I went to my neurologist about a year ago, as I was feeling really bad about myself as nothing was helping my N and all its symtoms. I too was quite emotional. He suggested, maybe I should go see a Physciatrist.(not sure of spelling). That was the end of that neurologist. I thought he was my friend and was trying to help me until he said that. All that time I\'d been going to him, HE DIDN\'T UNDERSTAND AT ALL.