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Asked by : nmp91 on Tue, 25 Oct 2011
Asked in :Hypersomnia / Excessive Sleepiness Disorder / Idiopathic Hypersomnia
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Hi. i was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia about 3,5 years ago.
when i got the diagnosis i tried a lot of different medications(modiodal,ritalin,anti-depressive etc) after trying alot of different meds i found that a medication called dexedrine was the one that had best effect on me. been using that for 2 years now, but it just isnt good enough. its better that not taking it, but i still cant wake up every day.
to add, my problem is not daytime sleepiness, it's only that i sleep so extremely heavy, no alam or person can wake me sometimes.
i must have a person to actually slap me and shake me every morning to get up, if not there is no chance. but sometimes not even that can wake me.
needless to say this is ruining my entire life and i need more help.
my doctors say that there is nothing else they can tell me.

is there anything you can tell me ?
i am willing to try ANYTHING!

if you need more details let me know


Answered by : maneesh on Sat, 29 Oct 2011

Idiopathic hypersomnia. This is an unusual diagnosis. It tells me that you have a need to sleep for longer hours, on most days of the week. Is this correct?
You mention that you have consulted several doctors. It would be useful to know what advice you have tried and for how long.
You may benefit from a full assessment by a psychiatrist and look initialyat ways of managing your life despite the hypersomnia; and later at trying to cut down on the number of hours of sleep required.
Lastly, if the medicine you are taking is apparently not of any benefit, then why take it at all?
Maneesh Gupta


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