IAmA 16 year old girl with narcolepsy and cataplexy, as well as other various sleep and miscellaneous disorders. AMA
First, let me apologize if this worked the first time. My original post never showed up in the "new" section after about a half hour, so I assumed it didn't go through. I posted shortened links before I found out that the bot tends to remove them, so maybe that's it. I deleted that post and I'm trying again with this one. Sorry about that.
I was diagnosed with narcolepsy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcolepsy) back in January. Narcolepsy, in short, is when you're hit with an extreme and irresistable urge to sleep. I have all of the accompanying symptoms as well, known as the "tetrad of narcolepsy": cataplexy, EDS (excessive daytime sleepiness), sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations. I've had a few episodes of automatic behavior as well, which is when you continue to function even though you're actually asleep. These are rather rare for me though. Narcolepsy usually begins showing itself during adolescence, and my symptoms first started to occur a year and a half ago, give or take a little.
Cataplexy is a loss of muscle control caused by an emotional trigger. The trigger is different for all cataplexy patients, as well as the degree of loss of muscle function.
I also have periodic limb movement disorder. This is similar to restless leg syndrome, but only affects me while I'm asleep. I kick, on average, once every two minutes through the entire night in my sleep.
As far as other stuff goes, I've also been diagnosed with borderline/mild Asperger's syndrome, depression/anxiety, and possible adjustment disorder. I have femoral anteversion (my hips are turned inward) and plantar fasciitis that comes and goes. I'm not sure how to prove this paragraph, so if it needs to be removed because of lack of proof, I'll be happy to comply.
I think that's about it... My apologies if I've done something incorrectly. I tried my best!
Here: http://i.imgur.com/6kMeLyN.jpg is me rockin' the sleep study equipment. That stuff is no fun to sleep in, and that's not even all I had to wear.
Here: http://i.imgur.com/2MMM2QE.png is me on a normal day. (Sorry this is dated for the 6th rather than the 7th. I took the picture last night and when the post didn't go through I decided to just wait for the morning to try again)
These: http://i.imgur.com/naLR0uk.png are the results from my overnight sleep study on January 4th, 2013.
These: http://i.imgur.com/2iNieZF.png are the results from the daytime nap study the morning after my nighttime study. (The nap study is used to diagnose narcolepsy. I was woken from my night study at 5 AM and had to lay down for a nap at 7 AM. At 7:30 AM, I was woken up. At 9 AM, I had to lay down for another, and I was woken up at 9:30 AM. Repeat this 5 times.)
Sorry for the odd lighting and bad photo quality. Our scanner isn't hooked up at the moment and my phone was all I had to take pictures with.
Hopefully the post works this time. Ask me anything.
 Thank you all so much for the questions! This got more attention than I could've expected. It warms my heart to look through this AMA and see virtually no downvotes, whether it be on me or any of the other commenters. I hope I've helped to broaden your knowledge of narcolepsy, or made other sufferers feel less alone. It's almost 11:30 and I have school tomorrow, so I need to be getting to bed. But please feel free to continue asking questions! I'll get back to every single one as soon as I get home from school tomorrow (around 3:30 PM EST). Goodnight everyone, and thanks again!
[edit 2] Back from school. I think I got through all the new questions, sorry for the wait! If anyone's just now seeing this AMA and want to ask a question, feel free. I'll answer questions as long as I keep receiving them :)