Wednesday, July 5, 2023

what are the symptoms of cataplexy?

 Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone that is associated with narcolepsy, a neurological sleep disorder. It can look like a seizure, but it's not

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 Cataplexy can be triggered by strong emotions such as laughter, anger, or excitement
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 The symptoms of cataplexy can vary from person to person, but some common symptoms include:
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Jaw dropping
  • Head falling to the side due to neck muscle weakness
  • Whole body falling to the ground
  • Various muscles around your body twitching without an obvious cause
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During a mild attack, there may be a barely visible weakness in a muscle, such as drooping of the eyelids. A more severe episode may involve a total body collapse
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 Cataplexy episodes typically last a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur without warning
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It's important to note that cataplexy is a rare symptom that is typically associated with narcolepsy
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 If you suspect you have cataplexy, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Triggers of Cataplexy

Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone that is associated with narcolepsy, a neurological sleep disorder. It can be triggered by strong emotions such as laughter, anger, excitement, fear, stress, anxiety, and joy[1][2][3][4][5]. The triggering experiences are usually positive, like laughter, witty conversations, and pleasant surprise. Negative emotions like frustration, anger, stress, or fear can also set it off, but less often[4]. 

It's important to note that cataplexy is a rare symptom that is typically associated with narcolepsy[6]. If you suspect you have cataplexy, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Citations:
[1] https://www.everydayhealth.com/cataplexy/guide/
[2] https://www.sleepfoundation.org/physical-health/cataplexy
[3] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307668
[4] https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/what-is-cataplexy
[5] https://narcolepsy.sleep-disorders.net/living/cataplexy-triggers
[6] https://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/jnp.17.1.45

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