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quote:Originally posted by DonnahHi Vic, welcome to the forum. I have experience that enables me to relate to your embarassment and despair. In the course of regaining my health I had to do a lot of research and have referenced some info for you. Did the narcolepsy start six years ago when you were diagnosed, or before that? Were your neck and back surgeries related to a head trauma? The first thing I would try is having blood allergy tests done. There are documented cases of people curing narcolepsy by removing allergenic foods from their diets. Be great if it's that simple for you.A few nutrients that can help are:Gotu kola - decreases fatigue & depressionGinko biloba - good for depression, headaches & memory loss - increases cerebral & peripheral blood flow, circulation & oxygenationCalcium/magnesium - too many benefits to list - helps energy production & the nervous systemLecithin - the protective sheaths surrounding the brain are composed of lecithinCoenzyme Q10 - promotes circulation to the brainL-Glutamine - (do NOT take this if you have a disorder that causes an accumulation of ammonia in the blood) - brain fuel, passes the blood-brain barrier freelyL-Tyrosine - (do NOT take this if taking an MAO inhibitor drug) - important in thyroid function (low levels have been associated with narcolepsy) Multivitamin & mineral - helps balance bodily functionsOmega-3 essential fatty acids - protects cell membranes
quote:Originally posted by vweaverI was surfing and came across Dr. Danielle Turner's articles> on Modafinil. I am a 49 year old man who was> diagnosed with narcolepsy 6 years ago. I was> prescribed Ritalin first and it seemed to work to> keep me awake during the day. Without the> medication I can't stay awake to drive or work. > Three years ago my medication was changed to> Providgil and Dexedrine. It works and I am being> closely monitored to insure I don't become addicted.> The problem is the Ritalin, Providgil and/or the> Dexedrine has affected my short term memory. I am> having trouble at work and home functioning at a> normal level. I am unable to remember things for> any length of time. Within seconds of thinking of> something I am wondering what I was thinking about. > I am a professional and at times I can't even> remember things I should know for my work.> > I am being seen by a Psychologist for anxiety,> stress and depression possibly brought on by a three> year battle with health issues (back and neck) that> has led to two surgeries. I have constant headaches> and have seen four different kinds of Doctors in the> past 6 months.> > I am sorry to take your time with all the history,> but now that you know a little about me, How can I> be in your study? How can I obtain the drug> Modafinil? Can my Physician prescribe it?> I realize you are very busy. Please return my email> and maybe provide some answers. I am in North> Carolina.> > Thanks> VicVic